Now that Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session. Most of Maryland’s school systems returned to full functionality on September 4th, the day after Labor Day. As you settle into your new home, your kids might be attending a new school in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Here are some back to school safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy.
Follow School Rules
No matter what school your kids go to, they all have safety and security measures in place to protect everyone who is on campus. Always sign in and sign out when you come to visit, especially if one of your children needs to leave early for an appointment or if they feel sick and need to go home. Be sure to keep your visitor pass on, and gladly follow a staff member around. It’s all part of making every member of the community feel more comfortable when they enter the school building.
Familiarize Yourself with Emergency Procedures
While it’s important that your children know how to respond in an emergency, it’s essential that you do as well. Read the school’s handbook to gain this information, and do it again whenever there’s an update. If you know what is expected of you, you can do your part in helping to get through an emergency and assure your children that you’ll always be there for them. The more you know about emergency procedures, the more you can help your kids understand them as well.
Have a Conversation
Whenever possible, check in with your kids about how they are feeling. Do they fit in at their new school? Do they miss their old friends? Are the other students getting along with them? Although these seem like trivial questions, they are hugely important. Talk to them and find out if they know what they should do if an emergency situation should ever happen while they are at school. Agree on a secret safety word that will let them know a trusted adult has come to pick them up in case you can’t make it that day.
If you need to, you can also set up home security systems and cameras connected to your smartphone That way you can keep an eye on them while you aren’t home – especially if they get home before you do and you want to make sure they don’t get hurt while they are alone.
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