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Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back-to-School Safety Tips

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.

5. 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.

6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building

7. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, or Canadian). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

8. If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

On the Playground

13. Check the playground equipment at your child’s school. Look for hazards such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. The surface around the equipment should be covered with wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or fiber material to prevent head injury when a child falls. Report any hazards to the school.

14. Avoid any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck of jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.

15. Make sure that the school’s athletic director or a custodian anchors soccer goals into the ground so they won’t tip over and crush a child.

15. Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding.

16. Give your child some strategies for coping with bullies. He should not give in to a bully’s demands, but should simply walk away or tell the bully to stop. If the bullying continues, talk to the teacher.

17. Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date information on recalled toys and children’s products. Schools, daycare providers and parents can receive recall information by fax, email, or in the regular mail free of charge by calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline at 800-638-2772

Source: Old Republic Title
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Getting Ready For Back To School In Frisco TX

Getting Ready For Back To School In Frisco TX

Frisco TX Back To School

Back To School In Frisco TX


As Frisco TX parent to 3 children in Elementary school, I understand the excitement and the stress involved with getting things ready for back to school.  My children of course have mixed emotions on returning to school. Two are totally ready to go back, while the other feels it is too soon to go back.  None the less, the time has come and I have enclosed some helpful tips to get things started on the right page this year.  Feel free to share this with any friends you think might appreciate the information as well.  And to all the teachers, thanks for what you do each year!  I appreciate your dedication and hard work.  I know that you put in many more hours than people realize and that you have extraordinary patience with our children to give the direction and instruction they need to learn and prosper.

Preparation Is Key:

  • Make sure to get school supplies bought early if you haven’t already got them.
  • School clothes – have them go through their clothes the week before school starts to see what still fits and what doesn’t.  It is hard when they come down in pants that are too small and then you have to rush to figure out what to change them into.
  • Buy socks for each child that are all the same for easy matching and sorting.  Most brands have a different look or color stripe that can help you easily identify them.  Mostly of course you will use white athletic style socks, but may need one or two pairs of colored dress socks for special dress up days.  By the way tax free weekend is August 17-19 2012 if you need to pick up anything.
  • Label everything, this saves you money in the long run as things get lost all the time in the school.  In our school the lost and found was always over flowing.  The time you spend now with a sharpie will pay off later!
  • If your child has medical concerns call the school nurse to discuss the week before school starts. Make sure to bring things like inhalers and any necessary medication to school right away.  Let your child know that they are there if they need them and share the information with the teacher as well so they will let them go to the nurse if they start showing any symptoms.
  • Hit the grocery store the weekend before for goodies for lunches and quick healthy breakfasts.  Start the kids off right each day by getting them up in plenty of time to enjoy at least 10-15 min. for breakfast time.  If you are a parent that works outside of the home, decide if you need to make a few frozen pre-made meals to have on hand for dinners for hectic nights.  If you are not a morning person, then pack their lunches the night before for a quick grab in the morning.

Getting Everyone Mentally On Board:

  • Try to get the kids to start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier gradually the week or two before to transition their internal clocks to be awake and alert for school and get a good night sleep.
  • Discuss with your kids what they want to have as their goals for this school year and write down the top 3.  Discuss rules for the year and what the schedule will be like for them.  It is easier if they know what the expectations are for homework, chores,  and of course play times during the school year.
  • Have a place for them to store backpacks, important papers for you to sign, jackets, and lunch boxes.  Being organized helps make things run smoother for everyone.  Explain and demonstrate with them the first few days where you want them to put things unti they get it down themselves.

 Making Life Easier

  • Lay out clothes the night before; whether you pick the out or the kids pick them out- at least have them all ready the night before from head to toe.  Allowing kids to make some choices in which outfit they prefer can save some power struggles as long as they are school appropriate or fit any dress code the school may have.
  • Create a homework center, with things like sharpened pencils on hand, erasers,writing paper, extra crayons, etc.  Make sure it is not near a TV or at least have a no TV rule during home work time.
  • Show a positive attitude about school to your child to set the tone and enjoy the new school year!  Make rewards and display projects to show you support of their school activities.  Most importantly,  let them know you love them no matter what their grades are, but you do expect them to do their personal best.
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