It’s fall. School season is almost here. Kids are worried about their social status and parents are worried about grades. On top of all, back to school safety is an urgent topic looming above every household in America. Parents and teachers alike worry about the students’ safety during the school year. In this article we will try to tackle some of the most urgent factors in maintaining back to school safety issues.
Back to School Safety Checklist
For every school season there are numerous issues that need to be addressed. A back to school safety checklist should cover all areas where kids are exposed to danger. Before the school season starts, administrators, parents and teachers should use this checklist as their guidance for making sure the kids are out of harm’s way.
Back to School Safety on the Road
Whether kids walk, ride bicycles or drive cars to school, they should be taught general safety precautions.
- If your kid is riding a bike, make sure he/she is wearing the helmet. The helmet should be properly fitted and secured.
- Your child should be well aware of the rules of the road whether he/she is walking or driving.
- For those who take the school bus, they have to follow the bus rules. These rules include: listening to what the bus driver tells you to do, standing six feet away from the curb while waiting for the bus, remaining in your seat for most of the ride, crossing the street ten feet away from the bus and making sure you see the bus driver and he/she sees you.
- If your child is walking, he/she should always walk on the sidewalk. The child should stop before crossing the street to look left and then right. The kid should always cross the street only at crosswalks and wait until traffic stops before crossing.
- Teen drivers should refrain from creating unsafe driving practices and must be fully aware of general driving rules and safety precautions like respecting posted speed limits and parking only in designated areas.
Classroom Safety for the Students
The classroom is a great place to learn and be educated. However, with bullying issues on the rise, a lot of students consider classrooms prisons where they have to endure torture on the hands of bullies. Since students practically spend most of their time inside the classroom, rules need to be arranged for the kids to follow equally. Ensuring back to school safety, teachers should maintain the following in the classroom:
- Promote order and discipline.
- Students take turns when they want to talk or comment on the lesson. They shouldn’t speak before raising their hands first.
- Place a mirror next to the board so that when you turn your back to the kids you can still watch what they are doing.
- Encourage active participation and asking questions.
- Laugh with your students often and be close to their problems and learning struggles.
Playground Safety for Younger Kids
The playground is both a fun and dangerous place for kids. During back to school season, kids invade playgrounds, endangering themselves from playground-related injuries which might lead to death in some cases. To guarantee your kids’ safety in playgrounds, you can start by following a simple set of rules:
- Be cautious around swings, seesaws and other equipment with moving parts.
- Be careful when your kids are running if they are playing tag or other physical games. Always supervise them from afar and ensure their safety as well as that of the other kids’.
- Remove any sharp objects, broken glass or twisted metal.
- Make sure that the ground is neither slippery or sticky so that kids won’t trip and fall.
- Teach your kids to act safely and responsibly while playing with friends.
Back to School Safety in the Hallway
Hallways are crowded places making them the perfect fight arenas, with chances of many kids getting hurt or ran over. However, by following a few simple rules while walking down the halls, kids won’t have to worry about school time spent out of the classroom.
- Ensure that all students maintain appropriate behavior in the hallways. If a student gets caught bullying a colleague, the former should be punished as deemed fit.
- Students shouldn’t linger in the hallways for too long. Teachers must usher them into classes as soon as the break period ends.
- Students without a pass who are standing in the hallway during class time should be given a notice.
- The walls of the hallway should be covered with large, easy-to-read signs and posters directing students to major areas and their respective classes.
- Always keep classroom doors locked to avoid interruptions from the hallway.