It’s almost August, and a new school year is upon us!
Back to school means much more than buying school supplies and buying food for sack lunches. It also means an increase in traffic of children commuting to and from school.
The Dale County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer a few safety tips:
- If your child rides the bus to school, walk your child to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives. If possible, wait for your child at the bus stop after school and walk home with them even if your home is just a short distance away.
- It is recommended that you check the Dale County Sheriff’s office’s website for the sex offender registry for your local area. This registry will let you know if any sex offenders live around your home or neighborhood. Be conscious of your surroundings and know the areas where you shouldn't let your children venture alone.
- Teach your children about stranger danger. Educate your children so that they know to avoid strangers and to never let them pressure them into a car or house.
- Be alert. Expect stopped school busses picking up and dropping off children. Remember bus stop locations may change and may be in new unexpected areas. Also expect pedestrians in neighborhoods and roadways near school campuses. Drivers should scan between parked cars and other objects for children who could dart into traffic.
- Leave early for schools and other destinations. Parents should only drop their students off in the school's designated areas. Drivers should comply with law enforcement officers directing traffic near the schools and obey the posted speed limits.
I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us; let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun and safe time for all Dale County residents.
Sheriff Wally Olson