Are you Ready for Back to School?
by Installation Safety Management Office
Just yesterday, the bells were ringing and kids singing, “schools out, summer time fun!” In a few short weeks, though, our kids will be returning for the 2013-2014 school year. Just as you have prepared them academically, physically and mentally by reading through the summer, trying new activities, and making new friends in summer camp, also prepare your children to have a safe school year as well. Take time to discuss these tips with your children before the start of the school year and see if they have any tips of their own. This is a great time for open discussion on safety and ensuring your children are aware of the importance of following established rules. While shopping for school: - Be aware of your surroundings and shop during the day. If it’s dark outside, ask for an escort to your car. - Avoid impairing your vision or movements by properly carrying your packages or placing them in a cart. - Shop in pairs, and when approaching your car, have keys in hand. If you experience an unsettled or unsafe feeling, don’t go to your car. At the Bus Stop: - Always walk to the bus stop, never run. Arrive five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. - Be sure to cross the street in approved crosswalks and never dart out in front of any vehicles. - Be sure to tell a parent if a stranger approaches you. On the Bus: - Talk quietly, so the driver will not be distracted. - Never throw things on the bus or out the windows. - Never play with the emergency exits. For some families, this will be the first year your child will have the opportunity to drive instead of walking or riding the bus to school. Prior to them getting on the road, review safe driving tips, discuss rules and driving privileges, and encourage feedback from them on how they can be safe. Here are some additional tips for teenage drivers: - Meet with the parents and friends of those who may ride with your child to school. Discuss driving expectations, accountability measures, and how horse playing while in the car can impact the lives of everyone. - Map the route to school and ride with your child prior to the first day, so they will have an idea of what to expect. - Create an atmosphere for your child to feel comfortable speaking with you concerning any safety issues or questions. For additional information, visit www.safekids.org or www.distraction.gov.
Posted by PAO