School Safety Tips For This Upcoming School Year
August is back to school month. School safety is vitally important for you and your families’ safety. While the little ones head back to class, make sure you keep your children up to date on school safety. Keep these tips at hand for the entire school year.
School zones have lower speed limits that are enforced for good reason. During school hours there is a constant flow of students in and out of the building. Children may or may not need to cross streets during school hours, but for those who do, these speed limits are enforced and should be followed for the children’s safety. Print out his article or turn to the National Crime Prevention Council for great reminders on school safety.
Cell Phone Safety
Driving and cell phones have been a heated debate for years. This is even a bigger issue when children are involved. Cell phones should never be used in school zones. This is a violation of the law and is commonly enforced in these zones. Parents need to be just as cautious with or without your children in the car.
School safety needs to be kept in mind for crosswalks. Younger students generally have the assistance from a crossing guard. Yet most middle and high schools do not have this precaution. Teach your children and teenagers to follow proper street signals and to never J-walk. These simple safety steps can keep everyone safe.
Make sure to keep updated on your child’s school day. Get to know your children’s friends and their teachers. Bullying is a prominent problem in schools today. Make sure you keep active in your child’s school and encourage them to talk to you or school personnel if trouble arises. Teach your children that they can resolve problems without fighting. Bullying is inevitable at any school level but it’s up to you to teach them how to handle it.
If your children walk to school this is the opportunity to talk to them about strangers. If they are young enough, make sure you map out a safe way to walk home or find local children to walk in groups. If your child does not have a cell phone yet, make sure they either memorize or write down emergency and family phone numbers. You will feel better making sure your children have the appropriate information when they are on their own.
Many children take the bus to school. School safety is very important even before they arrive. Let’s face it; many bus drivers don’t enforce seat belts. Teach your children to keep seated on the bus at all times. You can keep your children informed on how to behave on a bus.
School safety is vitally important since your children are there so often each year. That is many hours that you cannot watch them. Make sure to communicate constantly with your children so they know how to handle certain situations at school. Teaching school safety will keep peace of mind while keeping your children safe.