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Back to School Safety

August 16, 2011

Back to School Safety

The eagerly anticipated first day of school:  a new teacher, class room, even a new bigger school, maybe your child is moving into middle or high school, there is so much to think about when starting a new school year. One thing we do not want to worry about is our children’s safety when walking, biking or ridding the bus. With the lazy days of summer coming to a close and the new school year right on the horizon, we all need to do our part to keep kids safe. August is designated as Back-to-School Month, and we want to remind parents, teachers, students and all motorists to be extra careful at all times as school zone lights start to flash again. Keeping your child safe when crossing intersections or getting on and off the bus can also be fun and an activity you can all do together. Wednesday, October 5th is Walk Your Child to School Day. Let’s all get caught being safe this school year.  

Follow the tips below to make sure you keep your children safe while walking and biking to school

Top Back to School Safety Tips

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

For more information what you can do this school year please contact:

Safe Kids Clark County

http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-spotlight/back-to-school-safety/

Led by: Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Coordinator: Jeanne Cosgrove
3101 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 315
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
jeanne.cosgrove@hcahealthcare.com
702-731-8666

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