Going Back to School Safely ..Get a smart start. Set some school rules

Children of all ages can use a guiding hand when it comes to getting to and from school safely. Taking the time to educate your children on how to protect themselves from strangers and to walk or ride public transportation to school will give you peace of mind.

Each fall, the Brigantine Police Department looks forward to a safe school year. Our goal is to help parents ensure their children are well-educated on how to get to and from their school safely.


Walking Safely

»» Never run into the street; when you come to the curb,

STOP; then look both ways. Never run between cars

into the street.

»» Be sure to cross the street at a marked cross walk or

where the crossing guard is. Only walk when the signal

flashes the walk sign or when a crossing guard says it’s


»» Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.

»» Wear clothing that allows drivers and people to see you.

That means no dark clothes after dark or early in the

morning. If you have to be out in the dark, be sure to put

reflective tape on your coat.

»» Don’t talk to strangers, take anything from them, or go

anywhere with them.

»» If a stranger approaches you, RUN! Scream! Tell an


»» Never take a short cut through the woods or alleys.

»» Walk to school with a partner.

»» If you see a gun or drugs, stop. Don’t touch it. Tell an



Stranger Danger

Teach your children that if they see anyone doing something that doesn’t seem right to tell you the parents, a teacher, or another trusted adult.  Some examples are:

  • a stranger hanging around the park or school playground.
  • someone unknown offering rides to or from school.
  • a stranger offering gifts or treats.
  • a stranger asking a child to come with them to help in locating a “lost” dog or cat.
  • someone giving away or selling drugs
  • a bigger kid bullying or threatening younger children.

If you become aware of something that you think may threaten yours or other children notify authorities by calling 911.


Bike Safety

Teach your kids to:

»» Always wear a bike helmet.

»» Learn and use the rules of the road — stay on the right

side of the road and don’t swerve in and out of the lane.

»» Avoid riding your bike when it is dark or almost dark

outside. If you do, be sure to have lights and reflectors

on your bike.


Bus Safety

Teach your children to:

»» Wait for the bus in a safe place, away from traffic and the


»» Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop

and the driver opens the door.

»» Do not run into the street in front of or behind the bus.

Car Safety

Make sure that your kids:

»» Always wear a seat belt.

»» Don’t walk between parked cars.

»» Look both ways when crossing an alley — some drivers

don’t pay attention when exiting an alley.


Playground Safety

Instruct your children:

»» Not to throw sand, wood chips, rocks, or other things

that can hurt someone or get in their eyes.

»» Not to bring glass containers into the playground.


Home Alone and After-School Safety

»» Teach your children not to let anyone know they are

home alone. They should never answer the door for


»» Be sure your kids know how to dial 9-1-1 and report a

problem. Know their name, address, and phone number.

»» Make sure your kids have a list of mom and dad’s work

and cell phone numbers and at least one other adult

they can call in case of an emergency.

»» Explain how to lock and unlock all the doors and windows

so that no one can get in and so they can leave if


»» Teach your kids to pay attention to the way things look.

If something doesn’t look right (such as a broken front

door), tell them not to go inside, but to go to a safe place

and ask for help.



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