|Essential Tips for Back to School Safety|
|By Kayti Gatton|
|August 26, 2021|
Back-to-school safety isn’t just for kids and their parents; it affects everyone in the community. Children wait at bus stops near busy roads during rush hour, and buses share the road with us all. Now that school is back in session, it is important for everyone to remember some safety tips.
Safety for Everyone
The biggest risk regarding school buses is children approaching and exiting the bus. Often children do not remember to follow best safety practices, so it is up to the motorists in the community to keep safety in mind.
A bus with flashing lights means children may be hurrying to catch the bus or maybe in a rush to get home and could forget to look both ways before darting into the street.
Bus stops can also be a place where extra caution is needed. Children may be in a rush to get to the bus stop or may play games with friends while waiting for the bus, which can also lead to children entering the street unexpectedly. If you see a group of kids waiting at a bus stop, drive-by with care.
Safety for Parents
Monitor the news and weather for incidents that could cause school closures. Sometimes schools are evacuated or dismissed early due to emergencies. School closures can occur during inclement weather such as hurricanes. If you are up to date on these issues, you will know that school closures are possible and can plan ahead to make alternate arrangements.
For students, safety starts at the bus stop. Here are important bus stop safety tips for kids:
Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the bus driver to tell you it is ok before getting on or off the bus.
An adult who does not work at the school and doesn’t seem to be a parent hanging around the campus, especially if this adult is approaching you or other children.
Another student talking about bringing weapons or dangerous materials to the school.
Bullying by other students, whether you are the victim or if you see other students being bullied.
A safe community for children is a safe community for us all. Now that school is back in session, whether you are a student, parent, or simply a responsible member of the community, these tips can help make the school year safe and happy for everyone.