return of warm weather to our region in the spring is always a very
welcome occasion! The
opportunity to be outside more often and walk or ride a bike to
places that we might take the car or bus during the cold months is
liberating and joyful.
This also is a good time to refresh ourselves
about the important steps that are necessary to ensure the safety of
our more than 11,000 students and staff each day.
The following tips are intended to keep all of our students
safe while they are walking or biking to school in the morning and
home in the afternoon, as well as anytime they are out in the
community without adult supervision.
Please review these important reminders with your
AVOID TROUBLE – If you see a
group of adults or other students doing something that you know
is wrong or potentially dangerous, please head in the opposite
direction. Encourage your
friends to do the same, and let an adult know what you saw.
NEVER WALK ALONE – Walk with
an adult family member, an older student or in a group.
DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS –
If approached by a stranger RUN immediately to the nearest store
or crossing guard and tell an adult about it.
COME TO SCHOOL ON TIME –
Sometimes being late is unavoidable. Parents and guardians, on
those occasions please escort your children into school and be
certain of their safe arrival.
WALK AGAINST TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE
FOLLOWED – It takes time for a driver to turn around
and it will give you a head start.
TELL SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY –
If you have had something happen to you, have had an experience
that made you feel uncomfortable or scared, or if you have
information, tell school officials or your parents immediately.
Please remind your children of the importance of
avoiding trouble, avoiding strangers and telling an adult
immediately if they see or experience something that makes them feel
uncomfortable. If you have any
further questions please contact my office at 475-6010.
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.