Well, it’s about time!
WOO HOO! YAY! IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!
Sorry, I needed to just get that off my chest really quick. Whew! My son is heading back to school tomorrow, so I am very excited. (If you can’t tell.) Don’t get me wrong… I do enjoy when my son is off for the summer, but I can only take so many days of coming home to a sink full of dishes and hearing the dreaded, “I’m bored”.
I know I am not alone. I talk to my friends and they, too, are ready to get back into the routine of school and bedtimes. But before you send your little monkeys back to school, here are a few Red Cross tips for parents.
Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. It’s important to be prepared in case one occurs while your child is in school.
- When the new school year begins, talk to your child’s teacher or school principal about the school’s emergency plan.
- Remind your child that the most important thing they can do if an emergency happens at school is to stay calm and listen to the direction of their teachers or principal.
- Tape a copy of your family’s contact numbers and meeting place(s) to the inside of your child’s binder or homework notebook and in their book bag.
If your child walks or rides their bike to school…
- Make sure that you know the route they are taking to school. It doesn’t hurt to ask your child to text you when they make it to school.
- Be sure your child has a properly fitted bike helmet and that they actually wear it.
- Encourage your child to have a buddy to go to school with them.
If your child takes the bus to school, remind your child…
- Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.
- After getting off the bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic. If there is no sidewalk, try to stay as far to the side of the road as possible.
- Never cross the street or play behind the school bus.
If your teenager drives to school, give them these tips (even though they are teenagers and know everything)…
- Make sure that you know which way they are taking to get to school and to allow plenty of time so they won’t rush.
- Remind them to watch for children walking or riding their bikes to school and to be careful around school buses.
- And the two things that will make them roll their eyes but will make you feel better because you said it – Wear your seatbelt and no phone while driving.
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