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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Back to School Safety Tips

back to school safety tips

As summer draws to a close, Yorba Linda students are preparing to head back to school. As you prepare your child for the new school year, the City of Yorba Linda and Yorba Linda Police Services would like to share some safety tips to keep your child safe and healthy throughout the coming school year:

Follow the rules of the road:
  • When driving in a school zone, slow to 25 miles per hour and be especially alert;
  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians, and curbs;
  • Enter and exit school driveways slowly and yield to pedestrians; and
  • Reduce distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

If your child will be walking or biking to/from school, review traffic safety tips with them:
  • Teach them how to cross the street at corners and in crosswalks;
  • Use a crossing guard to cross the street, when available;
  • Teach children to follow safe biking rules, such as wearing a helmet and stopping at street corners and stop signs;
  • Remind children not to run into streets or cross in between parked cars;
  • Walk with children to school for the first few days to familiarize them with the route and to point out possible traffic hazards; and
  • Teach children what do if they need help, including how to dial 9-1-1.

Talk to your child about interacting with strangers:

  • Educate your child about what a "stranger" is. Remind them that a stranger may have a familiar face if they have been spending time near their school or home, but this does not mean they know them;
  • Create an easy to remember "code word" for use in emergencies. Your child will know that if another adult comes to pick them up from school they must know the code word before your child goes with them; and
  • Remind your child that an adult should never ask a child for help, such as asking for directions or looking for a missing pet.

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