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As students prepare to return to school, Chief Timothy Hanlon and the Whitman Police Department, and Chief Michael Miksch and the Hanson Police Department, would like to offer students, parents and motorists several important safety tips.
“The return to school, even with all of the changes that are in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a time when motorists must take extra precautions to be alert for children and their families,” Chief Hanlon said. “Motorists must also remember that it is never lawful to pass a school bus when children are getting on and off or when its lights are flashing.”
“We encourage all Whitman-Hanson parents and their children to review the following safety tips,” Chief Miksch said. “With remote and hybrid learning plans still in place as a result of the pandemic, parents must also be aware of safety tips involving their children being online more during the school day.”
Safety While Traveling to School
The National Safety Council (NSC) provides the following tips for students and parents to safely get to school:
Walking to school:
Riding a bicycle to school:
Riding the bus to school:
Driving your child to school:
Safety Tips for Motorists
It is important that motorists be alert while driving, especially in school zones and residential neighborhoods. Children can be unpredictable and may ignore hazards and take risks. The NSC provides the follow tips for motorists:
Motorists are also reminded that the Massachusetts Hands-Free Law requires drivers to stay off of all electronic devices while driving.
Online Safety for Remote LearningThe Blackstone Police Department would also like to remind parents of ways they can help keep their children safe when they are online for remote learning.
Parents are urged to be aware of what their child is doing online, keep the computer in a common area of the house and become familiar with the remote learning tools your child is using.
Parents are also encouraged to talk to their children about cyber safety. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides several resources for parents and guardians regarding online safety.