Blog > Back to School Safety Checklist for Miami-Dade Students
Posted Aug 08, 2015
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Miami kids will be hitting the books again soon. As students head back to school on August 24, Miami personal injury attorney Tod Aronovitz suggests that parents and students take time to prepare for their new routines before the first day of school.

“Equipping students with the necessary knowledge ahead of time will keep them safe during the school day,” he said. “Whether they walk, ride their bikes, or take the bus, it is essential to review safety rules and remind your children to be watchful of the motorists around them.”

When school is in session, Mr. Aronovitz recommends the following safety tips provided by the National Safety Council. The safety advocate and nonprofit organization also provides an easy-to-use checklist for parents and children.

Safely sharing the roads:

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, walk on the side of the road facing the traffic.
  • Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks when available.
  • When biking, always wear a helmet.
  • Ride your bike on the right side of the road, with traffic.
  • While waiting for a bus, stand at least six feet away from the curb.
  • To cross in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead to make sure you can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see you.
  • Do not text while driving.
  • Follow the school’s drop off and pick-up procedures. Do not load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • If a bus has the yellow or red lights flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

Choosing the proper backpack to prevent injury:

  • Ergonomic design – never wider or longer than a child’s torso, and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist.
  • Equipped with padded should straps, and hip and chest belts, and multiple compartments to more evenly transfer the weight.
  • Reflective material.
  • Don’t overstuff – backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight.
  • Wear both shoulder straps.

Preventing playground-related injuries:

  • Use play areas with a soft surface and avoid concrete-surfaced playgrounds.
  • Play on age-appropriate equipment.
  • Children under four should use climbing equipment with assistance and adult supervision.
  • Adult supervision necessary for older children when climbing, especially on monkey bars.

The National Safety Council website also has a back-to-school page featuring a bus safety video and links to more information about driver, pedestrian, bus, cyclist, backpack and playground safety. Click here or visit www.nsc.org and locate the safety calendar.

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  • About the Author: Tod Aronovitz

     
    As President of The Florida Bar in 2002, Aronovitz served the state’s citizens and legal community through his impassioned leadership and dedication. His “Dignity in Law” Program improved public education and perception of lawyers and remains a part of the Bar’s communications efforts.