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A New School Year is Here

As the summer season comes to an end, and the school season starts to take effect. We need to ensure that our children understand the importance of safety. We can agree that about 100% of all accidents are not planned. If they were, they would not be called accidents. Just about 100% of those accidents could have probably been prevented. Informing our children and constantly reminding them about the dangers going to and returning from school can pose can help reduce . Whether they are walking, riding a bike, driving, catching a bus or riding as a passenger. Make sure they know much of what you know about getting to and from safely. Here are a few tips:

Walking to or from school

  • Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic

  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming

  • Never dart out in front of a parked car

  • Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

  • Do not walk while using headphones

Riding a bike

  • Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly

  • Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across

  • Watch for opening car doors and other hazards

  • Use hand signals when turning

  • Wear bright-colored clothing​

Riding the bus

  • Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus

  • Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches

  • If seat belts are available, buckle up

  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing

  • Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers

Driving to school

Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than an adult driver. Their inexperience and lack of good judgement leaves them vulnerable to poor decision making. Make sure you know who is riding in the car with your child/ren. External distractions and peer pressure can play a huge part in accidents involving teens. As a parent or guardian, it is our duty to ensure the safety of our children.

Let's have a safe and prosperous 2017-18 school year!

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