Ring in the new school year with student safety in mind
It’s back to school time across the region and that means lots more tots and teens coming and going. Here are some important tips to make sure students stay safe.
With the leisure days of summer behind us, students will be adapting to new routines. For those who walk or use wheels to get to school, parents should help them map out the safest route. The rules of the road always apply--wear a helmet and walk your wheels across the street.
The American Red Cross Cascades Region issued these back-to- school safety tips. Spokesperson Dawn Johnson said it is really important that kids memorize a parent’s phone number in case of emergency. And she added, about those cell phones…
“For our older students who may be bringing their phones to school, talk to them a little bit about safety and about not texting or being distracted as you walk to school,” she said. “Put that phone away.”
Johnson reminded drivers to fully stop for school buses with red flashing lights and the extended stop sign. And when on foot, always cross in front of a bus, never behind.
The old adage "don't talk to strangers" still holds true. Parents are urged to talk to their kids about what to do if approached by a stranger who tries to entice them into taking a ride. Always know who your student is walking to and from school with and stick to the afterschool plan. Johnson said a tracking app on your student's cell phone is a helpful way to confirm their location.
Students and parents should also be aware of their school’s emergency operations protocols. In the event of an evacuation, know ahead of time where your student would go and how to safely reunite.