The last days of summer are counting down! Here are some timely tips to help ensure the school year goes well.
To and From School Safety:
- The school bus is a great way for children to get to school. To ensure safety, make sure young children are supervised at bus stops. Parents trust bus drivers to keep our kids safe, therefore it is very important for children to know and follow bus safety rules.
Carpooling? Buckle up! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride in a booster until the seat belt fits correctly, typically when they are 4’9” (age 8-12). Use the seat belt fit test to determine if your child still needs a booster. (For safety reasons, it is against the law in Washington for a child under 13 to ride in the front seat.)
Supervise young children and make sure well-fitted helmets are worn when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard. And, don’t forget to review pedestrian safety rules for when they are commuting.
- In case of unforeseen circumstances, ensure your child knows your phone number and address. An ID with this information in your child’s backpack can be helpful in case of emergency. (A review of “stranger danger” is also a good idea.)
- Provide your children with ...