Kids: Think Safety at School

Fall is just around the corner, and that means summer fun takes a backseat to school. Come on now! No groaning. School can be fun, but it is entirely up to you to make that happen. So why not plan on this being the best year ever? And, while you are thinking about how about planning for your safety at school? 

I know, I know. Mom and Dad check out the school to make sure the school has a plan to keep you safe. But what about on the way to and from school? Or, on the playground? Or, in the bathrooms? Do you know how to keep yourself safe? If not, here are a few ideas you might consider.

Bus Safety:

  • Stand back from the curb while waiting.
  • Do not step off the curb until the bus comes to a full stop.
  • Look to the right and left before you step toward the bus. Last year, a car nearly missed several kids because it was passing the bus on the wrong side. Always look before you leave the safety of the curb or the driveway.
  • When getting off the bus, always look to your right before stepping off to make sure no cars are passing the bus on the shoulder of the road.
  • When getting off, quickly walk to the safety of the curb
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, wait for the driver to wave the okay. Make sure to look both ways for yourself as well.
  • On the bus, take a seat and do not get up while the bus is moving.

Walking Safety:

  • Stay on the sidewalk if there are sidewalks.
  • Look both ways when crossing the street.
  • If there is a crossing guard, follow his or her directions.
  • Use crosswalks, do not cross in the middle of the street.
  • If you have to walk through the school parking lot, be on the alert for cars dropping off or picking up kids.
  • Do not walk between cars in a parking lot. Use marked crosswalks.
  • Watch out for buses. Stay clear of the rear of the bus.

Bathroom Safety:

We like to think that bathrooms are safe, but this is not always true. Be aware of your surroundings. If someone bullies, threatens, or tries to touch you in the bathroom, tell your teacher or another adult. 

Playground Safety:

  • Do not push, kick, or shove on the playground.
  • Do not climb up the slide. Use the stairs. And, make sure only one person goes down at a time.
  • Have a spotter when using the Monkey Bars, Zip Line, or other hanging equipment. 
  •  Do  not run on concrete or asphalt.
  • Do not wear necklaces or scarves when playing on the equipment. These can easily get caught and could result in a hanging hazard.
  • Do not kick or throw balls (basketballs, footballs, dodge balls, etc) into a group of kids.
  • If playing tether ball, make sure no one is standing in the circle zone.
  • Do not climb on equipment not meant for climbing like a swing, a bench, or a table.
  • If you do get hurt, report it to your teacher or an adult playground supervisor right away. 

I know this seems like a lot of things to remember, but when you are at school your safety relies on your use of common sense. Be careful, but have fun!

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