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While this school year will certainly look different for many kids, safety should remain to be at the forefront. Whether your child’s school will be conducted in-person or virtually, it is important to keep the following tips in mind to ensure your child is safe when traveling to and from school.

  1. Phones down, heads up – When walking near and around cars keep your heads up and be aware of your surroundings. Headphones and phones can distract pedestrians from seeing oncoming traffic and can result in injury. More information at Pedestrian Safety.
  2. Cross at an intersection – When crossing the street always be sure to cross at and intersecting instead of the middle of the block. Crossing someplace other than an intersection accounts for more than 70 percent of pedestrian deaths. More information at Pedestrian Safety.
  3. Wear a helmet – When biking to school make sure kids always wear a properly fitted helmet. Helmets are the best way to prevent head injuries and death when riding a bike. If you are not sure how to properly fit a helmet you look at the Helmet Fit Test from Safe Kids Worldwide. More information at Bike Safety.
  4. Use hand signals– When biking to school make sure kids know the ways of the road and the proper Hand Signals they should use while biking. It is very important to follow the rules of the road while biking to stay safe. Safe Kids also provides a biking hand signal guide if you need help learning them. More information at Bike Safety.
  5. Bus Safety – If your child is going to take the bus to school, it’s important to talk to them about basic School Bus Safety to prevent injuries. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before entering the bus and to keep three giant steps always from the bus until it comes to a complete stop. More information at School Bus Safety.

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