Back to School Safety

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 8-19-2013

Parents should talk to children about school safety and keep these important tips in mind:

  • If your children will be walking to school, walk the route with them beforehand. Choose the most direct way, and be sure the route has sufficient sidewalks, lighting and crossing guards.
  • Absent a crossing guard, be sure your child knows when it is safe to cross the street.
  • Make sure your child walks to and from school with other trusted schoolmates and follows the tried and true axiom, "Never talk to strangers."
  • Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals when walking or biking to school.
  • When biking, be sure your child has a helmet and appropriate safety pads.
  • When waiting for the school bus, always stand on the curb away from the roadway. Always remain seated while on the bus.
  • Be sure your child knows a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.


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