The big day has finally arrived-no, not the
release of Star Wars Episode III-but the release of all school agers from that most institutional of all institutions-SCHOOL.
summer vacation has arrived and everyone is free to enjoy a few weeks of
fun in the sun except of course, those who have summer employment.
with summer fun and relaxation comes responsibilities to conduct one’s
self in a safe and secure manner.
security is concerned it must be remembered by those who will be home
and have working parents that strange and dangerous individuals lurk
about neighborhoods just looking for empty homes or those occupied by of
the younger more vulnerable persuasion.
In a word do not trust
strangers, do not open doors to anyone without a full knowledge of who
they are and without contacting a responsible adult. Even adults have
become victims to criminals after failing to check out who they really
were before allowing them access to their homes.
The security also applies to out
of doors fun time. Again the guiding motto is “don’t trust strangers”.
Stay in groups of three or more. Watch out for each other, if a
stranger approaches you or one of your friends in a threatening manner
act as a group-yell, scream, and run. If a vehicle is used try to get a
car license number. Try to remember vehicle style and color as well as
a description of the criminal for the police.
Far too many youngsters are
taken by force each year. Far too many youngsters are either never
found or found, unhappily, deceased. This is not an acceptable
situation but with a determined effort by youngsters everywhere it can
all strangers as just that strangers.
Don’t let an individual talk you into a situation
that you have been trained and told is wrong or dangerous.
Keep doors and windows secure
When out and about travel in groups
Have a cell phone handy even one without service
can contact 911.
Protect each other.
Yell, scream, kick, scratch and run if approached
Remember details be it of a vehicle or person
involved this will aid law enforcement.
Always check in as to when, where, why you are
out and about and establish a periodic check in procedure.
of these guidelines are suggested to “crimp one’s style” but only to
protect one’s welfare.
There are more
“MONSTERS” in real life just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting victim
that have ever been dreamed up in fiction.
Protect yourself. You are your own best guardian.
twenty‑three mullion students nationwide, the school day begins
and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not
riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus.
Before children go back to school or start school for the
first time. it is essential
that adults and children know traffic safety rules.
backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for
children wanting or bicycling to school. When driving in
neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people
who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be
thinking about getting there safely.
Slow down Watch for
children walking in the street, especially if there
are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
Slow down. Watch for
children playing and congregating near bus stops.
Be alert. Children
arriving late for the bus may dart into the street
without looking for traffic.
Learn and obey the
school bus laws in your state.
Learn the "flashing
spa light system" that school bus drivers use to
alert motorists of pending actions.
lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to
unload or unload children. Motorists should slow
down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights
and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has
stopped, and that children are getting on or off.
Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the
red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is
withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can
start driving again.
Get to the bus stop
at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to
arrive. When the bus approaches, stand at least
three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and
line up away from the street.
Wait until the bus
stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's
okay before stepping onto the bus.
If you have to cross
the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk
or along the side of the road to a point at least
five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before
you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you,
and you can see the bus driver. Use the handrails to
When exiting the
bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and
book bags with straps don't get caught in the
handrails or doors.
Never walk behind
the bus. Walk at least three giant steps away from
the side of the bus.
If you drop
something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never
try to pick it up because the driver may not be able
to see you.
Always TAKE A FRIEND when
walking to and from school. It's safer and more fun to be
with your friends. Walk and ride in well‑lit areas, and never
take shortcuts. Follow all the bicycle rules, especially the one
about riding on the right side of the street.
Stay with a group while,
waiting at the bus stop. If anyone bothers you while going
to or from school, get away from that person, and TELL
a trusted adult like your parents or teacher. If an adult
approaches you for help or directions, remember grownups
needing help should not ask children for help; they should
ask other adults.
If someone you don't know
offers you a ride, say NO. Never hitchhike and only
accept a ride from someone if your parents have told you it
If someone follows you on
foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. If
someone follows you in a car, turn around and go in the
other direction. Always be sure to TELL your parents
of a trusted adult what happened.
If someone tries to take you
somewhere, quickly get away and yell, "This
person is trying to take me away!" or "This
person is not my father (mother)!"
Never leave school with
someone you don't feel comfortable with or know. Always.
CHECK FIRST with your parents or another trusted adult.
If someone you don't know or feel comfortable With tells you
that there is an emergency and they want you to go with
them, always CHECK FIRST before anything. Make
sure you TELL a trusted adult if you notice someone
you don't known hanging around.
Leave items and clothing
with your name on them at home. If someone you don't know
calls out your name, don't be fooled or confused.
If you want to change your
plans after school, always CHECK FIRST with your
parents, Never play in parks, malls, or video arcades by
yourself. Make sure you have your parents' permission, and
they know where you are going to be. Never accept money or
gifts from anyone until you CHECK FIRST with your
If you go home alone after
school, check to see that everything is okay before you go
in. Once inside, call your parents to let them know
that you are okay. Make sure you follow your "Home Alone"
rules of keeping the door locked; not opening the door for
or talking to anyone who stops by unless the person is a
trusted family friend or relative, you feel .
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