Back to School
We take safety and security at school very seriously. Not only do we work with school district administration in designing and servicing these systems to keep children safe while on campus – we are seeking to make sure school children everywhere are safe on the way to and from school as well. Parents should discuss safety with their children on a regular basis. Those daily, small conversations on the way to the grocery store or the football game are those priceless moments where you have your child’s captive attention. Use this time to discuss the following things with your child to ensure safe practices are second-nature to him or her.
- If walking to school, take only a pre-planned route. If possible, walk with friends, and not alone.
- Obey all traffic laws and signals, and cross the street only where there are marked crosswalks, and ideally a crossing guard. If you feel your community is lacking an adequate school speed limit or crossing guard, contact your school board or city. Speak up – you could possibly help save numerous lives.
- Stay out of the street while waiting on the bus. Once the bus arrives, quickly and calmly board and take a seat.
- Never stop or bend down in front of a school bus, or any other vehicle, where driver visibility is limited. When getting off the bus, immediately cross the road with the protection of the bus stop lights.
- Never accept a ride to school, or leave from school with a stranger, even if he/she claims to be a family friend. If a stranger attempts to pick you up from school, immediately go inside and report to school staff.
- Always obey all school/classroom rules.
- Never leave a classroom without a teacher’s permission.
- Never leave school grounds without a teacher or other trusted adult present.
- Notify a teacher immediately of any suspicious behavior on or around school grounds. Come directly home after school, unless a parent makes other arrangements or gives permission to do otherwise. Make sure the adult caring for you always knows where you are.