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School's Back: Prioritizing Safety as We Return to Routines

School's Back: Prioritizing Safety as We Return to Routines

As we approach the end of summer, we understand that safety goes beyond our workplaces, seeping into our day-to-day lives. As the academic year approaches and we return to school routines, we're shifting the conversation to an aspect of safety that doesn't get enough attention: school safety.

Based on invaluable advice from the National Safety Council, we want to equip you with knowledge and tips to ensure that our little scholars can enjoy a safe, secure, and fruitful year ahead.

Safe Commute: Ensuring a Secure Journey to School

Traveling to school is a daily routine, and no matter the mode of transportation, it should always be a safe journey.

Pedestrian Pupils:

Walk Wise: Impart knowledge of the safest route to school and the rules of road safety. Practice makes perfect!

Sidewalks & Safety: The sidewalk is a pedestrian's best friend. If not available, ensure your child walks against the flow of traffic.

Cross with Care: Teach the importance of scanning the streets before crossing and establishing eye contact with drivers.

Little Cyclists:

Right Route: Train your child to ride on the correct side of the road, along with the traffic, and in single file.

Crossing Code: Remind them to completely halt before crossing the road, and walk their bikes across.

Safety Gear: Stress on the use of a well-fitted helmet and conspicuous clothing.

Boarding the Bus:

School Bus Drill: Practice and reinforce the correct method of boarding and alighting the bus.

Distance Discipline: Train them to maintain a safe distance from the curb while waiting for the bus.

Visible & Vigilant: Teach them to stay visible to the bus driver when crossing in front of the bus.

Parents at the Wheel:

School Zone Savvy: Adhere to speed limits within school zones and familiarize yourself with the school's drop-off protocol.

Pedestrian Prudence: Establish eye contact with children crossing the road.

Bus Boundaries: Never try to overtake a bus that is picking up or dropping off children.

Teen Behind the Wheel:

Regular Rehearsals: Arrange regular practice drives with new drivers, before and after they receive their license.

Model Motorist: Demonstrate good driving habits you would like your teen to emulate.

In-School Safety: Keeping Them Safe in the School Environment

Once at school, ensuring a secure environment is crucial. Here are some tips:

Backpack Basics:

Right Selection: Opt for a backpack with ergonomic features to promote safety and comfort.

Balanced Burden: Encourage the use of both shoulder straps to evenly distribute the weight of the backpack.

Weight Watch: Make sure the backpack's weight is between 5% to 10% of your child's body weight.

Rolling Rules: Rolling backpacks can be a tripping risk, so exercise caution if used.

Playground & Sports Precautions:

Accessory Alert: Avoid sending your child to school with necklaces or jackets with drawstrings that could present strangulation risks on the playground.

Injury Insight: Minor injuries are part and parcel of sports, but any injury to the head should be addressed immediately.

The safety of our children as they return to school is a shared responsibility – one that involves parents, children, and school staff alike. At ARC, we're committed to fostering a culture of safety that extends beyond our work and into our homes. Here's to a safe and productive academic year ahead!

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