How Safe is Your School Route?
School safety is an important topic for you to consider no matter how old your child is. You may have seen childcare buses for sale and wonder how they differ from the buses purchased and used for elementary school children. If you are sending your child off to school for the first time, there are some safety issues you might want to consider. You may plan to have your child walk to school or drop them off at school, or they may ride a school bus. There are some guidelines that may help keep your child safe on their way to school and as they return home.
Walking to School
If your child plans to walk to school, it is your responsibility to make sure they do it safely. There are several ways to do this. Take your child on a trial walk to the school before the actual school year starts. By doing this you can make your children familiar with the route and advise them about situations they may encounter.
It is a good time to teach your child not to speak to strangers or get off the path and explore areas that might put him or her in danger. The buddy system is always preferable when a child is walking to school. It is a good idea to find neighbors or friends who might be going the same way at the same time. Also, if you drive your children to school, do not leave the school until they are safely cared for at the school.
Riding the Bus
School bus safety is also a topic of concern to parents, educators, and school transportation departments. Putting your child on the big, yellow school bus may seem daunting at first, but several studies show that riding a school bus is the safest mode of ground transportation. This is because of the size, weight, and the design of buses.
If you are concerned because there are no seat belts in most school buses, then rest easy. There are new childcare buses for sale with safety features exceeding those implemented in the past. Students sit higher in buses so impact collisions can be absorbed by the lower part of the bus. Seats in most school buses are closer together and higher than you would think because they need to be to absorb a student/’s impact during an accident. Since buses aren’t designed in the same way as cars, they are safe without seatbelts. But many of these buses do have seatbelts. An added bonus is that buses can greatly reduce your carbon footprint as they replace so many cars.
Walking or riding, take the extra time to review with your children how they are getting to and from school. A bit of time spent on the issue now will save you a lot of worry in the future.
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