- Review safety rules about entering and exiting the school bus, particularly when crossing lanes of traffic.
- Ensure book bags have reflective markings on them.
- It is best to remove draw strings from the neck lines of sweatshirts and jackets, as they can easily become a choking hazard. Additionally, trim other drawstrings to a length no longer than 3 inches.
- Ensure children wear bicycle safety helmets if they are riding bicycles to school.
- If you are providing transportation to school in your vehicle, ensure all passengers are secured by safety belts or properly fitting child restraints.
- Be aware of “School Zones” and “Bus Stops” when driving; paying special attention to the students in the roadways as well as the posted speed limits.
- Ensure there are contact numbers for the children, such as parents, older siblings and close family friends
- Children at home by themselves should not cook food on the stove, particularly with grease or oil
- Keep a spare key hidden, so children can enter the home in the event of them losing their keys
- Do not allow children to start fires in woodstoves or fireplaces when there are no adults in the home
- Ensure your children know the steps to take to call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency’
- Consider working with other parents and take turns sending children to a home where there is parental or age-appropriate supervision.
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