Back To School Safety Tips

As the weeks have advanced through the majority of summer, the arrival of another school year has become increasingly imminent. This creates a transition in focus for parents and children from various activities that were prevalent in May, June, and July, toward a hectic yet structured daily regimen of preparation and transportation of your children for the daily experience of attending class.

While the emergence of the school year will impact many aspects of your schedule both now and in the upcoming months, the process of maintaining the safety of your children as they travel back and forth to school is clearly of the highest importance.

There are also a number of steps that you can take to reduce the risk of any unwanted events taking place as your son or daughter journeys to school by walking, biking, or riding a bus. These precautions will not only be beneficial as the school year begins but should also be adhered to anytime that it remains in session.

Remaining Safe When Walking

If your children will be walking during each school day, it is important to make sure that they remember to always use the sidewalk as they travel.

It is also essential that they remain focused while as they walk, which includes making sure that distractions such as talking or texting should always be avoided. This also applies to the use of headphones while they are moving to and from their school.

It is also vital that your son or daughter remember to look carefully in every direction before crossing all streets in order to ensure that no cars are approaching. The potential danger that exists if your child were to run in front of a parked car should also be emphasized.

These steps toward a safe daily experience should be demonstrated as you practice walking to and from their daily destination until you have reached a comfort level that they will follow the guidelines that you have established. Because the repetition of your walks together will increase the likelihood that these critical steps toward improved safety will become their daily habits.

Remaining Safe When Riding The Bus

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), around 25 million students nationwide use buses for their daily trips to school. This level of involvement for buses eliminates the need for over 17 million cars to transport children to the same destinations.

But even though riding a bus to school is safer than riding in the family vehicle or walking, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has also stated that students are approximately 70 times more likely to arrive at school safely when taking a bus as opposed to being transported by car.

However, the NSC has also stated that accidents involving school buses killed 95 people in the U.S. during 2017 and that nearly 70% of the deaths that occurred during these crashes involved occupants of other vehicles.

These facts underscore the need for you to be diligent in making sure that your kids understand how they can take precautions when traveling to school on a bus.

This can begin with your emphasis concerning the correct manner in which to enter and exit the bus. This includes the need to stand at least six feet away from the curb when the bus is drawing near, to remain in that position until the bus has reached a complete stop, and to wait until the bus driver has stated that it is safe to board the bus before entering.

Your daughter or son should also learn the importance of looking forward once he or she has located a seat, along with the need to look in all directions before departing the bus. At that point, your children should also walk at least five steps away from the bus in order to reach a safe distance before the bus begins moving again.

Remaining Safe When Biking

There are also precautions that should be made when your child is riding a bike to and from school. This includes the use of a helmet, which has been estimated to decrease the risk of a head injury by nearly 85%. Your child should also ride in the same direction as ongoing traffic and should obey all traffic signals and signs.

Bike lanes should be used properly whenever they are present, while your child must also maintain an awareness of pedestrians. As with walking, avoiding the distractions of texting, and music is of extreme importance.

Other Essentials Tips

Regardless of whether your child travels to school by walking, biking or by riding the bus, it is critical that he or she understands the importance of never accepting a ride from a stranger, or from an adult that they do not know well. He or she should also avoid traveling alone by always walking or riding with a friend or sibling.

You should also make sure that your son or daughter understands how to call 911 in case of an emergency, and can provide his or her home phone number and address. Your child should also know the phone numbers at which you can be reached.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, we want you and your family to experience an enjoyable school year while keeping your children safe in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about school safety, or if you have questions about a health issue of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us. At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity Of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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