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Back to school safety tips

As summer comes to an end, parents and students are preparing for the new school year. Along with the excitement and anticipation, it's important to be safe going back to school. Here are some tips for a safe and successful school year.

General safety: Talk to your child about the dangers of strangers and to not share personal information with people they don’t know. Help them memorize their home address and phone number, as well as emergency contact information.

Transportation: Whether your child is walking, biking, or taking the bus to school, it's important they use proper safety gear. This includes wearing a helmet when biking, using crosswalks and pedestrian signals when walking, and waiting for the bus in a safe and designated area.

School safety: Talk to your child about why they should follow school rules and to report any suspicious activity to a teacher or school staff. Encourage your child to report any bullying or harassment they may witness or experience.

Physical and mental health: Set bedtimes to make sure your child gets enough sleep. Encourage them to eat a healthy diet and to stay active. Prioritize mental health by encouraging open communication and offering support for any challenges your child may face.

Home safety: Install a doorbell camera so you know when your child leaves and returns, or when someone is at the door. That way you both can see who is at the door without opening it. You can also communicate with visitors, so your child doesn’t need to. Installing smart devices like locks and garage door openers give parents the ability to unlock and lock doors and open garages without worrying about keys getting lost.

Going back to school can be an exciting and safe experience with the proper preparation. By having open communication with your child, prioritizing school and personal safety, and physical and mental health, you will set your child up for a fun and safe school year.

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