Back to School Safety
It’s that time of year again: Kids walking to and from school, school buses making their routes, parents and guardians dropping off and picking up kids… Every year we prepare for safety but sometimes accidents and incidents will still occur. Here are a few tips for parents and youths to stay safe.
For Parents and Other Adults: If you’re dropping of a youth, remember: More kids are hit by schools more than any other location according to the National Safe Routes to School Program.
· Be watchful around schools and bus stops for children running into the street.
· Watch for children entering the street from behind buses or running to catch the bus.
· When driving your children to school, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don't leave until they are safely on school grounds.
· Drive slowly when approaching children riding bicycles and walking near the street.
· Watch your speed when entering school zones.
· Pay special attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards.
· Never cross the street against a red light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
· Wear reflective clothing and bright colors so drivers can see you easier.
· Plan a safe walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and if possible, with intersections that have traffic controls.
· If in a new neighborhood or first time walking to school, walk with your child the route to take, paying attention to “markers” that will remind the child they are on the right route (i.e. a lawn decoration or color of a house) and to avoid crossing empty lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren't many people. Encourage kids to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and wait at bus stops with other children.
· Advise children to arrive early for buses, stay out of the street, and to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street.
· Keep your phone down! Watch where you’re walking and pay attention to traffic!
Riding a bike:
· Wear light or bright color clothes when riding.
· Always wear your helmet when you're riding.
· Ride with a friend or your parents.
· Have a headlight and reflectors on your bike.
· Learn and obey the traffic rules.
Traveling by School Bus:
- Never step off the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop.
- Always use the seat belt if the bus if equipped with them.
- Do not move around in the bus. Stay sitting in your seat.
- When leaving the school bus stay in view of the driver and always cross the street in front of the bus.
- Even though traffic should stop for a school bus, always check both ways before crossing the street.
Know your safety rules!
Parents: Always keep up-to-date information about your child (height, weight) and recent pictures.
Any route you take and any neighborhood you live in, make sure you use the Nevada Sex Offender Registry to know of registered offenders in your area.
Nevada Sex Offender Registry Search Website:
After signing up, members then have the ability to receive law enforcement emergency alerts, crime and sex offender alerts, prevention tips, and much more. It also includes a virtual neighborhood watch where members can share photos and information regarding suspicious activity with neighbors, police, and even Homeland Security.
Talk to your children about their day. Ask your children if they see anyone bullied, if they are bullied, or if anything else makes them feel uncomfortable. Look for warning signs of bullying, such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
If you see something that is suspicious in your neighborhood, report it to local law enforcement and post information and updates to your neighbors on AlertID to help reduce crime.
Keep an eye on your children's Internet use! Talk to your children about what they do online - what sites they visit, who they email, and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyberbullying, such as threats or harassment.