Kindergarten Readiness: School Safety Tips

Kids around the country are getting ready to go back to school and their safety is a top priority for parents. In addition to buying school supplies, the beginning of the school year is the perfect time for families to start discussing back-to-school safety tips!

School Bus Safety

  • Make a habit of arriving to the school bus stop at least 5 minutes early.
  • Make sure children avoid playing in the street while waiting for the bus. This is a good time to talk about exciting upcoming activities at school!
  • When riding the bus, it is important to make sure children understand they must remain seated AT ALL TIMES! Wait for the bus to stop completely before you stand up.
  • It is also important to teach children to use a quiet or inside voice while riding the bus. Too many loud voices and shouting can be a distraction to the driver.
  • If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. If you stoop down to pick something up, the driver may not see you. Instead, ask the driver for help.

Playground Safety

  • Check with your school to be certain that someone is always monitoring the playground when children are present.
  • Teach children that pushing, shoving and crowding at the playground can be very dangerous!
  • Necklaces and scarves can pose a strangulation hazard – younger children should remove these items before going to the playground.
  • Teach children to use playground equipment properly – behaving otherwise can cause serious injury to others!

How to handle bullying

  • Before school starts, talk to children about bullying and the appropriate steps to take when it occurs.
  • Bullying most often occurs when adults aren’t around, such as on the bus, before and after classes, at lunch or on the playground.
  • Teach children how to handle a bullying situation appropriately – walk away if they are being bullied, tell an adult if they are being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied and be kind and be a friend to someone who they have seen be bullied.
  • Be a proactive parent. Don’t wait for a bullying incident to happen before discussing this with children.
    • If you see examples of people being bullied or hurt in movies, books, or television talk to children about how these people must feel.
    • Ask children how they would feel in that situation and what they would do to make it better.
    • Point out ways characters helped out, or didn’t, and have children think up different ways to help.

For more information on Kindergarten readiness, check out our resources.