Safety Tips for Parents
August is back-to-school safety month, a perfect time for parents to review family emergency plans and talk to their children about the rules of the road—or tips for staying safe while on their way to and from school each day. Here are a few helpful safety routines to always keep in mind.
- Make sure your child knows his/her address and phone number, and how to reach you in case of an emergency.
- Keep tabs on how your child will get to and from school, and with whom.
- Talk to your child about stranger danger.
- Review walking and biking routes with your child.
- Establish a check-in time for your child to notify you when they arrive home from school.
- Know your child’s friends and their phone numbers.
- If you have moved, or changed your phone number or email address, please update your contact settings in Skyward, the system that families use to register their child for school in Canyons District. If you need assistance, contact our Help Desk at 801-826-5544.
- There is zero tolerance for bullying, harassment and discrimination at Canyons District schools. If you see or hear something that makes you feel unsafe, report it to your school principal or through the anonymous crisis and safety tipline, SafeUT.
Getting to SchoolWith the start of each school year, Canyons District asks patrons to be on the lookout for young children walking to schools and bus stops, and to be mindful that buses make frequent stops. The District also asks students to adhere to the District’s Bus Code of Conduct. Together, we can keep our roadways safe.
- Pedestrians should stick to sidewalks when possible and walk facing traffic. Before crossing any street, even at a crosswalk, stop and look left and right for oncoming cars.
- When biking or skateboarding to school, children should wear a helmet and understand traffic rules. They should come to a complete stop at crosswalks and walk their bike or skateboard across.
- Never dart out in front of a parked car.
- Do not bike or drive a motor vehicle while texting, talking on the phone or using headphones.
- Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and should take extra care in school zones and at crosswalks.
- It is illegal to pass a bus that is loading or unloading children.
Sources: National Safety Council, Utah Code, and Canyons District's Policy Manual
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