Safety Tips for Students and Families
Safety Reminders as you travel to and from school:
It is important to follow safety precautions when walking, or riding your bike to and from school:
- Wear a brightly colored jacket, or wear reflective gear. Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Choose and plan the safest route, make sure your parents know your route and use it consistently. A safe route is well lit. Avoid shortcuts.
- Do not listen to your headphones while walking. You want to be able to hear what is going on around you.
- Do not text while walking to school.
- Walk only on the sidewalk, not the middle of the street. Avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
- Walk with a friend or in a group.
- If you ride a bike, wear a helmet.
- Look all ways before crossing the street.
- Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “auto pilot.”
- Walk with a purpose, confidently. Project an assertive, business-like image. Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
- Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
- Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
- If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
- If you have a cell phone, program the school’s number into your phone to report any issues. 206-252-9000
If you would like help getting a flash light or reflective gear, see Ms. Amber with Communities in Schools. Remember, we care about your safety. Be safe, be aware, and report any suspicious activities or individuals to a school official right away.
In 2011 and 2014, Stefanie Thomas, from the Seattle Police Department shared information on how to keep our students (and parents) safe while navigating the internet.