WALKING to SCHOOL - SAFETY TIPS
Let's remind our children:
• Stay with a group. Always walk with at least one friend, two or three is even better.
• If a stranger offers you a ride, say “NO!” and stay far away from their car.
• If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. You can run and yell loudly, “HELP!”
• If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other direction.
• Never leave school with a stranger.
• Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or public bathroom.
• Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
• If you arrive home alone,call your mother, father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don’t open the door for strangers, and don’t tell strangers that you are home alone.
• Never accept things from a stranger.
• If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them. Run away.
• Don’t go anywhere with a stranger.
Following are some simple rules to reinforce and practice with your children. Remember your child’s limitations; children under 10 years of age are developmentally limited when it comes to judging speed and distance accurately, and very young children may not be able to read the street and pedestrian signs yet. It is important to know the abilities of your own child because all children develop uniquely.
Practice and remind children to:
• Walk on the sidewalk.If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, face the traffic so that you can see cars coming and keep as far from the roadway (as far away from the traffic) as possible.
• Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. (If there is a crosswalk button, press the button and wait for the walk sign to indicate that it is safe to cross.)
a) Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and then left again (left right- left) before you step into the street. If a car is parked where you are crossing,make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
b) Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway.
Practice and remind children to:
• Always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and complies with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards.
• Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file(one bicycle behind another) in the same direction as other vehicles and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
• Always use proper hand signals when turning and stopping.
• Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing(this is effective for preventing crashes).
School Bus Safety
• When the bus arrives, stand at least three giant steps (6feet) away from the curb.
• If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street.
• Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
• Never walk behind the bus.
• If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver.Never try to pick it up first because the drive may not be able to see you
Compiled for Reiche families by the Reiche Community School PTO
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Santa Fe Public Schools; National Crime Prevention Council suggestion on what parents should teach their kids about strangers: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers; Do you Know How to Be Street Smart? http://m.kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/street_smart.html