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Back to school - stay safe in 2019

So you have sorted your child’s school bag, books and shoes but have you made time to ensure your children are stepping into the new school year on the right and safe foot?

After months of summer fun, getting back into the routine of school can be quite an adjustment for children and parents alike. Avoid first-day-back-to-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance.  Set the alarm clock, go through the morning rituals and have a conversation with your child about their safety when travelling to and from school.

Make safety part of the conversation

Whether your child is walking, riding a bike or taking the bus it’s important that they are familiar with the skills they’ll need to keep safe in their travels.

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.

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School Zone driving safety tips for parents

Statistically drivers are less aware of entering school zones and children being road users again when the new school year starts. When picking up or dropping off:

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

  • Always slow down for school buses 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.

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.

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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.

  • If you have younger children, remember to hold their hand when crossing the road, when in carparks, sidewalks or when close to the road.

  • Be alert and not on your phone, have headphones on or playing with your friends as you venture across the road.

 

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.

By investing in a little time prior to the school bell ringing for their first day, your child can be well equipped to stay safe in 2019.

 

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For images, interviews or for further information, please contact:

Diane Ainsworth – Marketing & Communications Manager
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation
9272 0006/0412000606 or diane@cccsf.org.au

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