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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a great resource for information on how to protect our children. Please read article below.

Know the Rules for Going to and from School Safely
Every day millions of children take to the streets and highways to get to and from school. For many children this experience is a new one, and they may not understand or be able to use the safety rules. Young children do not have the same frame of reference for safety as adults do. They may not "look before they leap", which is why it is so important for families to supervise young children and practice safety skills with their older children to make certain they really know and understand them. In an analysis of attempted non-family abductions the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) found approximately 36% of attempted abductions happened when a child was going to or from school or school-related activity. The Tips below will help prepare for a safer journey.


Key Tips to Reinforce With Your Children

1) Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when walking, biking, or standing at the bus stop. Make sure you know your bus number and which bus to ride
2) SAY NO if anyone you don't know or a person who makes you feel scared, uncomfrortable, or confused offers a ride. DO NOT accept  a ride from anyone unless I have told you it is OK to do so in each instance.
3) Quickly get away and yell "THIS PERSON IS NOT MY MOTHER/FATHER/GUARDIAN" if anyone tries to take you somewhere of is following you. If anyone tries to grab you, make a scene and every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting.
4) NEVER LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS BEFORE THE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY ENDS. Always check with the office and me before you leaving school early.
5) NEVER TAKE SHORTCUTS OR WALK THROUGH ALLEYS TO GET TO OR FROM SCHOOL. We will talk about which way to go to and from school. Remind me if activities you participate in cause you to leave earlier or arrive home later than usual. Remember to call me once you have arrived home.

For more information about school safety or other child safety topics,
call: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
or visit www.missingkids.com