By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Several agencies have issued the following back-to-school tips for students, parents, motorists and bus riders.
• Always walk or ride to school with a friend.
• Stay with a group and don’t be a loner. Have a good, close friend.
• Pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards.
• Don’t talk to strangers.
• Cross only at crosswalks and never run into streets from between parked cars.
• Look both directions and keep checking as you cross streets.
• Don’t leave your backpack or book bag where someone could go through it.
• Keep names off visible areas of clothing or books and bags.
• Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact with them.
• If riding a bike to school, always wear a helmet and walk your bike across the streets.
• Walk or ride as far to the right side of the road as possible and with traffic.
• Wear light or reflective clothing, particularly in the mornings.
• Leave in plenty of time, using the least busy route.
• Always walk on the sidewalks when available.
• Report suspicious people and activities to authorities.
• Monitor your child on the internet and be cautious of identity concerns.
• Don’t allow students to take valuables to school.
• Know where your students need to go and leave in plenty of time.
• Pay attention to driving and avoid being distracted by kids in the car.
• Slow while driving in school zones and obey speed limits.
• Wait for children crossing streets, not only in your lane, but all lanes.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
• Use extra caution in congested areas and always watch out for bicyclists.
• Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.
• Know bus schedules and routes.
• Line up facing the bus, not along side of it.
• After getting off a bus, move out of traffic and onto the sidewalk.
• Wait for the bus driver to signal you to cross the street and walk away from the bus, so you can be seen.
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