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Red Cross Tips to Stay Safe When Heading Back to School

Red Cross Tips to Stay Safe When Heading Back to School.
How to “Be Red Cross Ready” when it comes to back to school.

As another school year begins, the American Red Cross has tips everyone can follow to make the trip back to the classroom safer.

Bus Safety

  • Plan to be at the bus stop early.
  • Stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus; line up facing the bus, not alongside it.
  • Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has instructed you to get on.
  • Stay in clear view of the bus driver; never walk behind the bus and never play in the street.
  • Never reach under the school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen beneath it
  • After getting off the bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic.
  • If there is no sidewalk, try to stay as far to the side of the road as possible.
  • Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street.
  • Biking Safety

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Have reflective gear on the bicycle and, if possible, wear reflective colors and material to be more visible to street traffic.
  • Obey all traffic signs.
  • Ride on the right in the same direction as traffic.
  • Avoid loose clothing that could get caught in spokes or pedals or restrict movement.
  • Walk your bicycle across all intersections.
  • For Parents

  • Talk with your children about safety before school starts.
  • Make sure your child knows his/her home phone number and address, your work contact information, another emergency contact and how to dial 911.
  • Visit your child’s bus stop before school starts to show him or her where to stand while waiting. Wait with very young children.
  • Teach your children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.
  • When walking your child to school, cross the street only at intersections and use a route along which the school has placed crossing guards.
  • Take a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course so you’ll have the knowledge and skills to act if an injury or emergency happens. You can also download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll always have first aid information at your fingertips. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.