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Walking to School

Tips for Going to and From School


  • Develop a buddy system for walking to and from school.
  • Students should never walk alone.
  • Always walk in groups with at least two or three other students. If possible, parents should walk their children to school.
  • Students never take shortcuts or cut through alleys or across vacant lots.
  • Students should try to avoid walking near abandoned houses. Never enter or play near abandoned houses.
  • Students should report anyone suspicious to school personnel or the police.
  • Parents and neighbors should turn on porch lights and other outdoor lights before dawn and at dusk.
  • Students should be on time, everyday.
  • Parents can talk to neighbors and local businesses on the child's route to school and ask them if it is okay for the child to stay there in case of an emergency.
  • Parents should be sure children know their home phone number and address, parents’ work and pager number and the number of another trusted adult. Put a card with this information in their backpack. Make sure each child has change for a phone call or carries a telephone calling card.
  • If a parent works late, have children call as soon as they arrive at home after school.
  • Organize a “conditional carpool” of friends who live near your home to be prepared for rainy days
  • All pedestrians should stay on the sideway on rainy days, and avoid standing in the doorwells of buiildings to be out of the rain.  These building features may obstruct your vision and can hide other people.

School Safety

  • Find an easy way to walk to school or the bus stop. Ask your parents if there is anything you should watch out for along way. Always walk with a brother, sister, neighbor, or friend.
  • Don't talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or take anything from them.
  • Know your phone number and address, even your area code and zip code. If you have trouble remembering them, write them down and keep them in a safe place.
  • If you stay home alone for a few hours after school while your parents are at work, call and check in with them as soon as you get home. Remember your family’s ‘home alone’ rules.
  • Ask your parents what these rules are. Are you allowed to watch TV before you finish your homework? Or have ice cream as a snack?