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The safety of children after a day in school is very important. Often, the end of the day can be when the child is most vulnerable to danger or injury.

After School Can Be a Dangerous Time

After spending the day in class, all children, just like adults leaving work, needs a chance to unwind. Just like the adult, who must deal with the distractions and traffic, students are faced with their own issues. Children leave schools in a variety of ways. These include public school busses, being picked up by a parent or other close relative or riding or walking home with a designated friend. Sometimes, he rides with someone who is allegedly a neighbor or relative picking up the child can be a problem. The child may know this person, but that does not mean it is the right person. Even the best home security systems may not protect your child if you don’t know how to use them. Schools and parents have an obligation to see that children are able to arrive home without fear of injury or assault. There are several ways a child can get home from school. Each has pros and cons. It is vital for the parents, school personnel and students to understand the procedure.

Have Children Follow Established Procedures for Going Home

There are many methods available to see that children arrive home without mishap. Often, many of these issues apply to getting children to school, but the safe practice principles are the same.

1. School Bus: Children are assigned to a particular school bus to ride to and from school. Normally, the bus will have a number or decal of some type on it, and the driver will usually be the same person. There may be a relief driver to fill in when the usual driver is not available. This person should be introduced to the students early in the semester. Students should never skip the bus ride, unless there is a note from the parent advising the teacher that someone else is going to pick up the child for a specific reason.

2. Car Pooling: This is a system where a parent might pick up several students who live in the same area. Parents should make sure that the designated driver has a good driving record and will not be running errands when bringing the children’s home. Children should only ride with their designated driver. Teachers and school personnel need to have lists of who is riding with a particular parent. If there are any changes, the parents should notify the school.

3. Walking or riding a bicycle home: If the child lives near the school, walking or riding a bike may be a viable option, depending on distance, safety issues and the age of the child. Again, children should go straight home and not stop at a friend’s house, unless prior arrangements allow the change. The parent of the visiting friend should report that he or she has arrived safely and will be sent home before it gets dark.

4. As children get older, they are involved in more after-school activities. The youths have more freedom, which, unfortunately can lead to problems. The directors of the extra-curricular programs have a responsibility to see that each child proceeds home in the previously approved manner, and no changes should be allowed, unless approved by the parents.

5. Finally, children who fall into the latch-key category and are home by themselves for a given amount of time after school should have to assume some additional responsibility. The child should call their parents on a land line phone. With this arrangement, the parents will know the child is at home and not somewhere else.

6. Children should be taught not to talk to strangers, even if it seems impolite. They should be taught to keep a safe distance between themselves and people they do not know and should not agree to do odd jobs or run errands for strangers.

Children Should Be Top Priority for Home Safety

When it comes to home safety, children are the most important asset a person can have. There are mean and evil people in the world who seek to harm children.

There are older children who like to bully the younger students. Thus, the ride or walk home from school, can be a virtual minefield of dangers. Therefore, it is vital that every step possible b to keep all children safe as they travel to and from school.

Parents need to set the rules. Children need to follow them. If particular circumstances require changes, then all people, including school personnel need to be aware of the plans. Taking such steps is not a matter of being overly protective. It is simply a case of protecting your children from danger and harm.