May 17, 2021

Local law enforcement shares Back to School Safety Tips

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County schools resume normal activities this week and everyone is reminded to review the following safety tips regarding buses, driving, and other important reminders courtesy of local law enforcement.

“First, I would like to start off by welcoming all new students, faculty and staff members to Brave Nation! I speak on behalf of all our local law enforcement officers when I say that we look forward to meeting each of you and working with all of you in the near future,” states Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah.

“It’s that time of year again to remind everyone of a few safety tips. Chief Hannah and myself have put together a list that includes school bus safety tips and tips for student drivers. Parents, please take a few minutes and go over these safety points with your children. If we all follow these simple rules and obey all traffic laws, we can make everyone’s daily travels safe and enjoyable,” states Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry.

School Bus Safety

  • Get out of bed on time so you don’t have to rush to the bus stop

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early

  • Stand about 5 giant steps (@10 ft.) away from the roadway

  • Wait until the bus completely stops and the door opens before going towards the bus

  • Walk- don’t run to the bus

  • Use the hand rails when entering or exiting the bus

  • If you have to cross in front of the bus to get on, don’t walk directly in front of the bus- make sure you are about 5 giant steps if front of the bus so the driver can safely see you

  • Look both ways before you cross the street

  • Never walk behind the school bus

  • Never fight, push or shove others while waiting in line

  • Keep feet, books, lunch boxes & book bags out of the aisle

  • Talk quietly to others while on the bus

  • Keep hands and head inside the bus

  • Remain seated while the bus is moving

  • Do not distract the bus driver by yelling or screaming

  • Know where the emergency exit door and windows are located

  • Always obey the bus driver

Walking to School

  • Plan the shortest and safest route to walk to school

  • Walk with a friend or someone you know. Never walk alone

  • Do not stop at vacant lots, houses or to talk with strangers

  • Do not take a ride from a stranger

  • Do not wear headphones, i-pods, or use cell phones while walking to school

  • Be mindful of all traffic

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals as they pertain to pedestrians

Student Drivers

  • Always, always – buckle up!!!!!!!

  • Make sure all passengers are wearing their seatbelts and smaller children are properly restrained (booster seats, car seats)

  • Obey all traffic laws, traffic signs and signals

  • Parents need to know who their child is transporting to and from school

  • Parents need to know their child’s route to and from school. In case there is an emergency, parents will know where to find their children

  • Know what time school is dismissed and the expected arrival time home for your child

  • Drivers need to not only pay attention to their driving, but also pay attention to other drivers & pedestrians

  • Know who your passengers are

  • Do not use your cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. This means do not read or send text messages and do not call anyone or answer any incoming calls.

Parents please keep in mind the facts below when or if your child or children must be left at home alone at any time to include before and/or after school:

  • Make sure your children are old enough or mature enough to be home alone and can be trusted.

  • Teach basic safety rules to them

  • Leave emergency contact numbers for the children

  • Make sure your child knows how and when to dial 9-1-1 and can give directions to your home in the event of an emergency.

  • Teach children to use the door and window locks and how to use/set the alarm system

  • Make sure your children know what activities are allowed while they are home alone.

  • Make sure your child(ren) know not to let strangers in the house or to tell someone they don’t know, that they are home alone

“I encourage each and every one of our students to take their educations seriously. Obtaining a great education is a major stepping stone in your futures. I am so proud of the group of educators, support staff and school board leaders we have in heard county and thank each of them for their sincere dedication to their profession and to our students. I look forward to cheering all of our students on and seeing them reach their goals,” adds Sheriff Henry.

“If myself, Sheriff Henry or our officers can be of assistance to any of you, please contact our offices. We look forward to visiting our schools in the near future and are always here to assist you, the students, parents and staff, in any way,” adds Chief Hannah.

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