Now is a good time to review back-to-school safety with your children and check school safety policies. Here are six tips for a safe return to school:
1. Review Your Family Emergency Plan And Check Emergency Kit Supplies
Sit down with your children to talk about different kinds of emergencies and review your family emergency plan. Talk about what to do and where you will meet if you are not together when an emergency takes place.
2. Be Aware Of School Emergency Procedures
Make sure you read information from the school about their plan for emergencies, emergency procedures and alternate locations should an emergency take place.
3. Watch For Children Walking, Cycling And Coming Off School Buses
Children are small and easily distracted, and for drivers, this can create dangerous situations on the roads. Be vigilant and alert behind the wheel, especially in school zones.
4. Review School Bus Safety
Make sure children don't arrive too early at the bus stop, where they can wander or get distracted.
5. Obey Crossing Guards
A crossing guard is there to keep children safe. If you come up to a set of lights while driving, and the light turns green, but the crossing guard still says stop, follow his/her direction and not the traffic light.
6. Be Allergy Aware And Pack Safe School Lunches
When packing lunches for your school-aged children, make sure you're being allergy aware.