*BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS* Schools reopen on 9 January 2019. Parents…

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*BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS*

Schools reopen on 9 January 2019. Parents are urged to take note of some safety measures that could be useful. *This is brought to you courtesy of School Watch and eThekwini Secure.*

It is imperative that parents take into consideration the safety and security of their children, especially those entering Grade 1. In the past, there have been Grade 1 children climbing into the wrong taxis and either left at a wrong school or being dropped off at a wrong location after school.

Parents are urged to familiarise themselves with which taxis, or other transport medium, that their children are using. Make a note of who owns the taxi and who the driver is.

Note the times that the taxis pick up your child and which are the designated pick-up and drop off points. If your child has to walk a distance to the taxi, plot a specified route, in the morning and after school.

Record the relevant contact numbers of the taxi owner, driver/s, registration numbers and perhaps that of parents of children who travel in the same taxi.

School Governing Bodies are encouraged to keep a roster of the taxis transporting learners to school, along with a register of learners who are using such a taxi. It would be prudent for the SGB’s safety and security committee to record all the relevant details of taxis transporting their charges.

Parents, especially new parents to a school, should keep the contact numbers of the SGB safety and security committee in case of emergencies.

SOME GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus/taxi stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have pedestrian crossings.

2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there are not many people around.

3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children do not know well or do not trust.

4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbour.

5. Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the taxi/bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Do not leave until they are in the schoolyard or building

7. If your child rides a bike to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards.

8. Teach children to arrive at the taxi/bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the taxi/bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.

9. Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the taxi while riding. When exiting the taxi, children should wait until it comes to a complete stop before disembarking.

10. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted relative and how to call 10111 for emergencies.

*Remember the golden rule:*
*SAFETY FIRST*

Should you require any assistance, do not hesitate to call any of the numbers below.

Yours in the safety of our children

*CJ Benjamin*
*PRO*
*The Original School Parent Monitor*

*Bilal Khan*
*Co-Founder*
*The Original School Parent Monitor*
*083-786-4621*

and

*Zain Soosiwala*
*eThekwini Secure*
*KZN Coordinator*
*072-291-1911*

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