Back to School Safety
Traveling To and From School
Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.
Information gathered from SAFE KIDS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
- Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren't many people around.
- Teach your child who their "safe" adults are. Tell them to never accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't consider safe or don't trust.
- Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
- Teach your kids -- whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school -- to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
- When driving kids to school, deliver and pick them up from the area(s) designated at the school.
- If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.
- If your child rides a scooter or skateboard to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads.
- Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver's blind spot.
- Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.
- Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.
RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
Crisis Planning and Preparedness: Run, Hide, Fight
While violent intruders in schools is extremely rare, Wichita Public Schools has implemented the Run, Hide, Fight Intruder response plan as part of it's comprehensive approach to crisis planning and preparedness district-wide. This informative training tool was introduced and is managed by the Safety Services Department.
Run, Hide, Fight is an intruder response plan where staff and students assess the situation and respond on which option is best. As the name implies, if a violent intruder comes into a school, the response could be to run to a safe place, or hide in a locked area, or attempt to stop the intruder as a last resort with items found in the school.
Run, Hide, Fight is supported by Kansas Safe and Prepared Schools, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
For more information, please visit our Run, Hide, Fight webpage at runhidefight.usd259.org
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Wichita Public Schools students can keep schools safe by sending anonymous tips through text messaging and/ or a secure web link. Speak Up, through the Crime Stoppers in Schools program, allows students, staff and parents the ability to share information that will be anonymously received and investigated.
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