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Back to School Reminders

Back to School Reminders
August 28th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Back to School is an exciting time for students, but it can have some unforeseen risks. With school only a week away, it is time to teach and/or review basic back to school rules.

Walking to School - "The Buddy System"

  • As a parent/guardian if you feel your child does not have adequate pedestrian skills to walk to school, walk with them until you are confident in their ability.
  • Encourage walking to school with a friend or a group of friends, this is always a good idea.
  • Ensure kids never take shortcuts through isolated areas, and remind them to stay on the practiced route home.

Riding a Bicycle to School - "Bicycle Safety"

  • Always ensure kids are wearing an approved helmet when riding a bicycle. Ages 18-years and younger are required by law to wear a helmet. Failing to do so will result in an $80.00 fine under the Highway Traffic Act. Cyclists under the age of 16-years not wearing a helmet will result in the parent/guardian being fined. 
  • Review the rules of the road and cycling hand signals. 
  • Refrain kids from wearing earbuds/headphones and listening to music while riding - being attentive limits risk!

Riding a Bus to School - "Bus Safety"

  • Ensure kids understand the importance of following the bus driver/safety patrollers direction when getting on and off the bus.
  • It is vital that kids know when leaving the school bus, to stay in view of the driver and always cross the street in front of the bus. Remember - if you cannot see the bus driver, the bus driver cannot see you. 
  • Always ensure kids know to proceed across the street, looking both ways for on-coming traffic.