Now that you’re done sharpening your weight in pencils, and the kids are falling into the swing of things for the new school year, your morning routine may have started to become a bit more normal and less hectic. The beginning of a new school year is a huge adjustment for everyone, and you’re not alone if it feels a bit overwhelming.
There’s plenty to look forward to when a new school year starts—seeing old friends, making new friends, outdoor recess, learning new things—but there are also a number of precautions that we should take once September rolls around. But beside all the fun and games, there are some serious safety concerns to keep in mind when a new school year begins, too. Here are some basic back to school safety tips about getting to school. Share them with your children to keep them safe!
Back-to-School Safety Tips: Getting to School
- When picking out a backpack, choose one with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back for additional support. Also, make sure you don’t stuff the backpack too heavily—a child should carry no more than 10-20% of his or her body weight. If your son weighs 50 lbs., that means his backpack should weigh less than 10 lbs.
- If your child walks to school, make sure he or she always walks on the sidewalk when one is available. If you have to walk in the street, it’s always safest to walk facing traffic. Teach your child to look left, right, and then left again for traffic before crossing the street.
- If your child rides a bike to school, make sure he or she always wears a helmet! Test to be sure the helmet is secured and fitted properly. Also be sure that your child knows the rules of the road when it comes to biking: ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single-file line. Always make a complete stop, get off your bike, and walk it when crossing the street.
- If your child rides the bus to school, teach your child to stand six feet away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. As a pedestrian, it’s important to always be able to see the bus driver, and to make sure the bus driver can see you. Whenever crossing the street near a bus, make sure you can see the bus driver before stepping into the street. If you drop something near the bus, tell the driver before trying to get it—there’s a good chance the bus driver can’t see you if you’re bent down on the ground.
- Most importantly, if your child ever needs a ride and you’re not available, you need to know that you have someone trustworthy to rely on to pick up your precious cargo—that’s where All Island Transportation comes into play! We offer Personal Accounts for Students to ensure that your child always has a reliable option to get where they’re going safely.
Sign your child up today for a pre-paid Student Account with All Island Transportation, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not your child has the money on hand to pay for a cab if he or she needs a ride! Call All Island Transportation at (516) 326-9090 ext. 303 to start your account today!