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As summer winds down, children will begin returning back to school throughout this month.  The start of a new school year is the perfect time to reiterate proper safety practices to your children and yourself.

General:

         
  • Every child needs to memorize their address, phone number and emergency contact information
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  • Plan out a walking route to school or the bus stop that you show your children before the first day of school
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  • Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers.
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School zone driving safety tips:

         
  • ALWAYS obey the speed limit
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  • Be aware of and watch out for children at all times
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  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children
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  • Obey school crossing guards and their signals
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  • Avoid using a cell phone in order to be most alert
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School bus safety:

         
  • Arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled stop time
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  • Never walk in the driver’s blind spot – the area from the front of the bus to about 10 feet in front of the bus
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  • Hold the handrails getting on and off the bus
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  • Never cross the street in front of the bus before the driver motions to do so
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  • Stay seated on the bus at all times
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Riding a bicycle to school:

         
  • Always wear a helmet.  Fitting should be snug – only two fingers should be able to fit between it and the forehead
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  • Ride on the right side of the road and always follow the rules of traffic
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  • Utilize the buddy system for the ride to and from school
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Walking to School

         
  • Always walk with a group
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  • Always walk on designated walkways and sidewalks
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  • Only cross the street at designated crosswalks
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  • Look both ways before crossing the street
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