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Staying Safe While Walking to School

Last updated on September 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

Students are heading back to the classroom. That means yellow buses will be on the roads and more children walking or riding their bikes to school.

Plymouth Rock reminds drivers to pay extra attention while traveling to work or running errands. This is also the perfect time of year to speak to your children about staying safe while walking to school, and sharing the roads with motorists and bicyclists.

If your child walks or bikes to school, here are some quick tips and ideas to stay safe:

Travel In Packs: Your child should always be with you or a responsible adult that you trust. The more, the merrier, so find others in your neighborhood to form a walking or biking club. In addition to keeping your child safe and more visible, this kind of social stimulation is great for getting ready to focus at school.

Keep It Bright: Make sure your child can be seen. That means a brightly colored backpack, jacket or clothing. Let them help make the selection so they look forward to each morning.

Caution When Crossing: We all know that crossing intersections requires extra attention. No child under the age 10 should cross the street without adult supervision. To teach the importance of obeying signals, looking left and right, and always using a crosswalk, try appointing a “Crosswalk Captain” each week.

Tune In And Turn Off: Electronic devices of any kind, including personal gaming devices, smartphones, and cellphones, should be banned during your walk to school. Instead, make this a time when the group can share success stories about their latest school triumphs.

Protect Your Head: If your child bikes to school, make sure they have a protective helmet to wear. If you ride with them, set a good example and wear one yourself.

Do you have other tips for staying safe while walking to school? Share them in the comments.

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