It is time for children and teachers to head back to class for the 2014-2015 school year. We all need to get back in the routine of school zones and traffic, but here are some other reminders to keep kids safe and healthy this year.
Getting On the Bus:
- Stay at least 6 steps away from the curb.
- Before crossing the street, be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver!
- NEVER walk behind the bus.
- Always stay seated unless the bus has come to a complete stop.
- Never put your head, arms or legs out of the windows.
- Keep the aisle clear so you can get out of the bus easily in case of an emergency.
Getting Off the Bus:
- If you have to cross the street, walk at least 10 steps toward the front of the bus – until you can turn around and see the bus driver and you are sure the bus driver can see you.
- Then WAIT for the bus driver to signal to you that it is OK to cross the street in front of the bus.
- Look both ways and check for traffic before crossing the street.
Protect Your Head
- All children who ride bicycles or other wheeled devices should wear a helmet to protect them from injury in the event of an accident.
- A properly fitted helmet should be snug, level and stable on your head. Most of your forehead should be covered before any adjustments are made.
Walking Safely to School
- Always walk with a buddy.
- Always stay on the sidewalk if one is available.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk facing the traffic so you will see the driver’s face in the car.
- Always cross a street at the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always look both ways for traffic before crossing the street.
- Always wear reflective clothing or items in early morning hours or when it is dark.
How Heavy is Too Heavy?
Heavy backpacks can be unsafe.
- Children should avoid carrying extremely heavy backpacks to prevent back problems. Usually, the backpack should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s body weight. For example: a child weighing 40 lbs. should not carry a backpack weighing more than 4 lbs.
- Always use both straps to evenly distribute the weight instead of having all the weight on one shoulder.