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Red Cross Offers Back to School Safety Tips

Red Cross Offers Back to School Safety Tips
Remind your child that the most important thing they can do if an emergency happens at school is to stay calm and listen to the direction of their teachers or principal.

As another school year begins, the American Red Cross encourages parents to remind children about some basic safety tips to keep them safe.

If your child walks or rides their bike to school…

  • Make sure that you know the route they are taking to school. It doesn’t hurt to ask your child to text you when they make it to school.
  • Be sure your child has a properly fitted bike helmet and that they wear it.
  • Encourage your child to have a buddy to go to school with them.
  • If your child takes the bus to school, remind your child…

  • Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.
  • 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.
  • Never cross the street or play behind the school bus.
  • If your teenager drives to school, give them these tips…

  • Make sure that you know which way they are taking to get to school and to allow plenty of time so they won’t rush.
  • Remind them to watch for children walking or riding their bikes to school and to be careful around school buses.
  • Wear your seatbelt and no phone while driving.
  • Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. It’s important to be prepared in case one occurs while your child is in school.

  • When the new school year begins, talk to your child’s teacher or school principal about the school’s emergency plan.
  • Remind your child that the most important thing they can do if an emergency happens at school is to stay calm and listen to the direction of their teachers or principal.
  • Tape a copy of your family’s contact numbers and meeting place(s) to the inside of your child’s binder or homework notebook and in their book bag.
  • For more information, please visit http://arcillinois.org/tip-library/back-to-school-safety-tips/.