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Back to School Safety Tips from the Naperville Police

Reported by on 8/9/18

As children begin the 2018-2019 school year, the Naperville Police Department asks that families and motorists make back-to-school safety a priority to ensure a safe and successful start to the new school year.

Before the first day of school, parents should talk to their students about safety and make sure to follow these tips:

Students should know their home address and phone number as well as a parent's cell phone number. Help your child practice it so they have it memorized before school begins.

There is safety in numbers. Be sure children use the buddy system and always walk to and from school with a friend or stay with a group at the bus stop.

When walking or biking to school, students should stay within the crosswalks and obey all traffic signals and signs. They should follow designated Safe Walk Routes www.naperville.il.us/walkroutes and obey all crossing guards. If children ride their bikes to school, make sure they wear a helmet and reflective clothing and stay on the sidewalk when one is available.

Before the first day of school, walk to and from school with your child. If your student will be riding the bus, visit the bus stop with your children and be sure they know their bus numbers.

Teach children the safety rule, "Say NO, GO and TELL.” If anyone approaches your child, offers them a ride, asks for directions, or makes them feel uncomfortable, instruct them to say “”NO,” get away from the situation (GO), and TELL a trusted adult. Be sure to discuss with your child who trusted adults may be: teachers, parents, a friend’s parents, neighbors, police officers, firefighters, relatives, etc.

Make sure children understand never to leave school with anyone they haven’—t been instructed to leave with by you. If someone comes up to them and tells them that there is an emergency and they want your child to go with them, be sure they know to check first with you or another trusted adult (school personnel) before doing so.

If your students will be taking care of themselves after school, please provide them with the ”On Your Own” safety materials found at www.naperville.il.us/npdschoolprograms.

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