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Back to school? Stay safe!

After months of summer fun, getting back into the routine of school can be quite an adjustment for children and parents alike. Whether your child is walking, riding a bike or taking the bus to school, it’s important that they are familiar with the skills they’ll need to keep safe in their travels.

Make safety part of the conversation

You can help your child identify safety hazards while you’re out and about and remind them about important rules of the road such as Stop, Look, Listen and Think!  Constable Care’s top tips for a safe return to school include:

  • To keep your child safe on their journey do a practice run before schools starts so your child is familiar with the process.

  • Remind children not to talk with strangers or anyone that offers a lift home unless it has been prearranged with yourself.

  • If you are collecting your child from school, advise them where the pick-up point will be and the safest way to get to you. This could include using a crossing and not running across the road.

School Zone driving safety tips

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.

  • Always slow down for school busses that are loading or unloading children.

  • Be aware of and watch out for child 'hot spots', such as around schools, near bus stops and bike lanes, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.

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Riding your bike to school

  • Make sure your child always wears a bicycle helmet!

  • Obey the rules of the road; the rules are the same for all vehicles, including bicycles.

  • Choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with children until they can demonstrate road safety awareness.

Walking to school

  • Always use public footpaths and streets when walking to school.

  • Only cross streets at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections.

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc.

School bus safety

  • Make a habit of arriving at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.

  • Be sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.

  • When riding the bus, make sure your child understands they must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.

More information

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation offers road and traffic transport safety education for all students aged 4-11 years old. 

For further information on excursions visit Constable Care Safety School

For further information on incursions visit Constable Care performances

 

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