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August 15, 2016

Back-to-School Safety Gets an A+!

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As the summer comes to an end and students head back to school, the City of Bryan and the Bryan Police Department want to ensure that you and your family have a safe start to the school year. Here are a few back to school safety tips to ensure your school year is an A+!

Traveling To and From School

Practice walking the route with your child if they plan on walking or riding their bicycle to school. Be sure to remind them of safety rules such as walking on the sidewalk, wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle and only crossing streets at crosswalks. Be sure to identify safe places along the route such as a church or library, in case your child needs help. If your child is going to ride the school bus to and from school, go to the bus stop with your child and teach them the proper way to to get on and off the bus. Make sure your child knows to stand six feet away from the curb. If you are dropping your children off at school, be sure to observe school zone speeds and watch for darting children.

Be Prepared

Make sure to fill out any forms from your child’s school such as emergency contact information and health information forms. Inform your child’s school nurse and teachers of any medical conditions your child may have such as food allergies, asthma and diabetes. Make arrangements with the school nurse to administer any medications your child may need throughout the day.

photo of mother adjusting child's backpack

Lighten the Load

When selecting a backpack for your child look for a backpack with an ergonomic design that reduces back pain, shoulder pain and poor posture. Make sure your child’s backpack is never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never hangs more than four inches below their waist. Your child should always carry their backpack with both shoulder straps, and it should never weigh more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight. Never put your child’s name or personal information on his or her backpack. This will make it more difficult for strangers to learn your child’s name and appear more familiar to them.

 


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