As the summer draws to a close and parents and children alike become eager to get “back-to-school,” here is a handy checklist to make sure that your child’s transition back to the classroom is safe.
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.
Walking to school
- Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
- Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
- Never dart out in front of a parked car.
Riding a bicycle to school
- Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
- Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.
Riding the bus to school
If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are at least 12 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your child’s safety at school.
Preventing backpack-related injuries
- For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.