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School bells soon will ring!
by Helen Edelman August 24, 2016

School bells soon will ring! The American Red Cross offers these safety tips:

• Make sure a schoolchild knows his/her phone number, address, parents’/alternate guardian’s contact info and how to dial 9-1-1.

• Teach children not to talk to, or accept rides from, strangers.

• Children who ride a bus to school should get to their stop early, stand back from the curb while waiting for it to arrive, board only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver has signaled to get on, board only the assigned bus, stay in view of the driver and never walk behind the bus.
• Walkers should travel with friends/classmates, cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and crossing guards and stay in the crosswalk, never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Parents should walk young children to school, or with children taking new routes or attending new schools, for the first week.

• In a car, children should wear a seatbelt, or be in a car/booster seat, in the back seat, until age 13. Teen drivers should wear seatbelts and not use a cellphone or eat/drink while driving.

• Students biking should wear a helmet and ride on the right, in the same direction as the traffic.

Times Union - Edited and written by Helen Edelman

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