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Safety Tips For Back To School


Going back to school is an important and exciting time for our kids.  I ask all parents to take a few moments to think about school safety and talk with your child about school safety.  During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.  As you are driving near the schools or on school grounds, be extra cautious of children walking back and forth to school. 

School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you’re not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic. In Alabama it is against the law to pass a stopped school bus.

Parents, be sure to teach your children:

ü  A stranger is a person you do not know. Most strangers are nice, but bad strangers and good strangers look and act the same, so avoid all strangers.

ü  Their full name, address, and phone number, including area code.

ü  Your full name, where you work, and phone number.

ü  Your Secret Password – A word or phrase known only by you and your child in case an emergency occurs and you send someone to pick them up at home or school.

ü  To never go anywhere unless they have your permission and Secret Password.  Stress how important it is that they have permission even if they are going with a family member, friend of the family, etc.

ü  To never to go with anyone who does not give your Secret Password.

ü  To scream, kick, yell and scream "Fire!" if they are in trouble.

ü  How to make a long distance call, get the operator, and dial 9-1-1 using a variety of phones.

ü  To take a friend along when you go to playgrounds, stores, movies, etc.

ü  If a stranger tries to follow you on foot or tries to grab you, run away, scream and make lots of noise. The last thing a dangerous stranger wants is a lot of attention.

ü  To always stick to the same safe route in traveling to and from school or a friend’s house.

ü  To always try to play or walk with friend. It is safer and more fun.

ü  Teach your children to walk confidently and stay alert to where they are and what is going on around them.

ü  If something seems wrong or feels wrong, it’s okay to say “NO” to an adult, even an adult they know.

I want to thank all of you who help make our school system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us – let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all children in Transylvania County.