This fall, millions of students will return to classrooms across the United States. In preparation, teachers are planning their lessons and parents are making school supply lists. Communities can prepare by making students’ safety the number one priority as they head back to school. Parents, students, educators, and community members can all take action to keep children safe –as they travel to and from school and during the school day.
Get to School Safely
Walking or biking to school is a great way for children to be physically active on a regular basis. But it is important to make safety a priority. Communities can create options for getting around that are inviting and safe for everyone, even students as they head to school. Here’s how:
Play at School Safely
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. Physical activity can take many forms during the school day- during recess, physical education classes, or after-school sports. Accidents can happen during play, even at school, so it is important to put safety first. These resources teach you how to keep students safe while playing at school:
Want to know more?
Safe Routes to School: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
Pedestrian Safety: http://www.cdc.gov/features/pedestriansafety/index.html
Safe Youth, Safe Schools: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SafeSchools/