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Tips for taming back-to-school stress


What you can do to help your anxious student

(BPT) – Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you’re not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls around, it’s common to feel some sadness. For children who suffer from anxiety, this stress may be harder to handle, and it may stem from more than just pop quizzes and earlier bedtimes.

These children need extra attention as the new school year draws near. The best thing you can do to prepare your child is to give the gift of your time and attention. Instead of dwelling on things like tests and homework, talk about how to make the transition into the exciting new school year the best it can be.

Lauren Zimet, director of the Early Insights Healthy Foundations Program, is a mother herself and has pinpointed the top four back-to-school tips and tricks to make the transition easier. These tips will help to reduce the stress and tension felt by you and your child, not only for the first weeks of school (the hardest time to adjust) but throughout the year as well.

1. Connected communication. Engage in a conversation with your child and ask what he or she is excited and concerned about for the upcoming school year. Give your child the freedom to speak openly and avoid asking too many questions at once. You’ll know you are connecting when he starts volunteering information. When you listen to your child, and he can see the genuine interest and attention in your eyes and through your body language, he will feel more comfortable discussing the upcoming year.

2. Creative calendars. Planning ahead makes adults feel prepared, which is a huge de-stressor. The same goes for your child. Younger children only need a day or two to look forward to their big day. Older children may benefit from discussing the year weeks before the first day, especially if those conversations include working on things like organization, planning, prioritizing, and sequencing (those important executive functions of the brain).

3. Visualize the goal. Get specific and help your child visualize the first day of school. Have your child tell you or draw out the sequence of the day, from waking up in the morning, to dressing in an outfit chosen the night before, to what she’ll be enjoying as her brain-boosting energy breakfast. The more your child can visualize her routine(s), the more she will be at ease when the big day finally arrives.

4. Load up on brain food. Breakfast is coined “the most important meal of the day,” and rightly so! Food is the fuel for the brain and body, and the quality of the fuel matters. Whatever you choose to give your body and brain each morning will enable you to do a certain level of thinking. American breakfasts are often unbalanced, heavily favoring carbs, which are only a tiny part of the good breakfast equation. Encourage your child to pick a protein each morning, as well as fruit, veggie, and healthy fat and carb options. From there, complement his or her diet with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement from a reputable fish oil company like Nordic Naturals. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help soothe anxious brains as well as support the entire nervous system, so don’t miss out on this simple improvement opportunity. Research on omega-3 fatty acids can be found at www.omega-research.com.

The new school year is on its way and while this time of year may cause some children to feel anxious, there are things you can do to help. Employ any of the suggestions above to help your child start feeling more excited about the new school year with each passing day.

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Back to school food safety tips 


Back to school, back to the books, back shuttling students to and from extracurricular activities. The new school year likely means back to packing lunches and afterschool snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers, and all the other children who carry these items to and from home. One “back” you do not want to reacquaint children with, however, is foodborne bacteria.

Bacteria that cause foodborne illness, commonly known as food poisoning, grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In this temperature range, these microorganisms can multiply to dangerous levels in just two hours, increasing the risk of foodborne illness. To make sure lunches and snacks are safe for those for whom you pack, you should follow the USDA’s four steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

Packing Tips

If the lunch/snack contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese, or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources. Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly, so perishable food transported without an ice source will not stay safe long.

Frozen juice boxes or water can also be used as freezer packs. Freeze these items overnight and use with at least one other freezer pack. By lunchtime, the liquid should be thawed and ready to drink.

Pack lunches containing perishable food in an insulated lunchbox or soft-sided lunch bag. Perishable food can be unsafe to eat by lunchtime if packed in a paper bag.

If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food hot at 140 °F or above.

If packing a child’s lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cold longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.

If you’re responsible for packing snacks for the team, troop, or group, keep perishable foods in a cooler with ice or cold packs until snack time. Pack snacks in individual bags or containers, rather than having children share food from one serving dish.

Storage Tips

If possible, a child’s lunch should be stored in a refrigerator or cooler with ice upon arrival. Leave the lid of the lunchbox or bag open in the fridge so that cold air can better circulate and keep the food cold.

Eating and Disposal Tips

Pack disposable wipes for washing hands before and after eating.

After lunch, discard all leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at Foodsafety.gov, by “following” @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter, and by “liking” Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov. Consumers with questions about food safety, can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

If you have questions about storage times of food or beverages, download USDA’s new FoodKeeper application for Android and iOS devices.

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School’s Open – Drive Carefully


Source: AAA Exchange

Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous; over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Launched in 1946, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was created as a way to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Here are several recommendations from AAA regarding ways drivers can help to keep kids safe:

Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.

Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.

Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.

Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com

In addition, AAA, in partnership with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries, offers safety information for children, including coloring pages, games and car seat safety videos, at SafeSeats4Kids.AAA.com.

Stay Safe. Drive Smart.

The mission is to move Toward Zero Deaths on Michigan Roadways. The statewide interim goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all roadways from 889 and 5,706 respectively in 2011 to 750 and 4,800 in 2016.



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To Make Smart School Lunches, Think Like a Kid


(StatePoint) Making school lunch can feel like a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be a major chore. Here are some ways to make school lunches successful, not stressful:

Don’t Over-Pack

Does your child come home with untouched food? For a distracted youngster, lunchtime flies by in an instant. By the time the bell rings, little Suzie has barely peeled the top off her yogurt. Keep portions kid-sized and don’t include more than four or five items in the lunchbox.

Think Food Groups

Think of the lunchbox as a four-piece puzzle. The basic components are protein, grain, fruit/vegetable and dairy.

Try making lunch kebobs with cold cut slices and chunks of cheese (your dairy and protein groups), add a handful of grapes (fruit) and a bagful of popcorn (grain). Or pack hummus, carrots and wheat pita (protein, grain and veggie), along with applesauce (fruit) and a cheese stick (dairy). Olives or pickles add extra flavor without too much extra fat or calories.

Let Them Assemble

Pack individual ingredients kids can assemble, which makes them feel like they’re more in control of what they eat. For example, include a half bagel with a container of shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce and some sliced olives or pepperoni slices so they can make their own pizza. Add a piece of fruit to round out the meal.

Pick Portable Foods

Nothing’s worse than a lunchbox explosion. Whenever possible, opt for dry foods and tight lids. Pack trail mix, dried fruit, granola bars or snacks in single-serve cups, such as Pearls Olives to Go! black ripe pitted or sliced olives. Such foods usually have the added advantage of not spoiling, which means they can be saved for afternoon snacking.

Keep Snacks in the Car

Kids always seem to want an afterschool snack. If home is a bit of a drive, keep snacks on hand. Nuts, trail mix, single-serve olive cups and fruit are better options for a ravenous child. Keep in mind, hungry kids are more likely to try novel foods they might otherwise be reluctant to try.

Get Input

If your child is not eating enough, find out why. Ask your child to create a list of foods every few months, as tastes change and broaden. Add favorites to the rotation. Remember, just because your child eats a certain food at dinnertime doesn’t mean it will be a popular lunch item.

Get Cute

If you’re feeling ambitious, cut sandwiches into shapes. Sliced cherry tomatoes or olives make easy eyes, buttons and mouths. A simple post-it note with a smiley face or “love you” will go a long way to brightening your child’s day.

For more tips, recipes and coupons, or to enter a lunch box promotion for a chance to win prizes, visit www.facebook.com/PearlsOlives

Lunch isn’t rocket science, but creating meals children will love every day can get tricky. Simple strategies can help ensure kids return from school with empty lunch boxes and satisfied tummies.

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Make Vision Health a Priority

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How sight affects learning in children, teens

(Family Features) As children and teens gear up for another year of studies, parents should be aware of often overlooked obstacles that may hinder academic success: vision problems.

Challenges with learning and performance

Living in a visual world, almost 80 percent of what children learn through age 12 is from their sense of sight. In order to succeed in common activities, such as learning at school, reading, playing sports and being engaged in everyday activities, kids call on more than 15 visual skills.

For children, the most common vision issues are known as refractive errors, such as astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness. These issues are more common than you may think – affecting 1 in 4 school age kids. Such problems, when left untreated, can hinder a child’s ability to learn in school.

BACK-Make-vision-priority2In fact, studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute reveal that over 60 percent of students with learning problems have undiagnosed vision abnormalities that contribute to their difficulties.

Eye exams for every child

According to the American Optometric Association, children should receive their first eye exam by age 1, a second at age 3 and another before beginning kindergarten. From then on, students should have a yearly comprehensive exam to evaluate their total vision. While some students may receive a yearly screening from a school nurse, the American Foundation for Vision Awareness reveals that such exams only identify 5 percent of childhood vision issues.

Be aware of the signs

As a parent or caregiver, being aware of common health concerns in your children is part of your job. But are you aware of the warning signs for bad vision? Consider the following symptoms that indicate a child may have a vision problem:

• Complains frequently about headaches or tired eyes

• Avoids activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework

• Avoids activities that require distance vision, including participation in sports or play activities

• Sits too close to the TV or holds a book close to the face

• Loses place or skips words while reading

• Squints or tilts head to see better

• Closes one eye to read, watch TV or see better in general

• Writes uphill or downhill

• Finds it difficult to copy material from the whiteboard

If any of these warning signs are detected, parents or caregivers should schedule an appointment with an eye care professional for a comprehensive exam to evaluate the child’s vision and identify any necessary treatment options.

Proper vision care is essential for overall health and wellbeing for children of every age. View videos and learn more about kids’ vision needs by visiting www.ameritasinsight.com.

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Survival tools for dorm-dwellers


(BPT) – College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away).

Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 percent of full-time students at public colleges live on campus, according to College Bound Network. Living in a dorm can teach you responsibility and cooperation, introduce you to new people and cultures and serve as an important step in your journey toward independence. Making a go of it without the immediate support of your parents can be a challenge, however, so it pays to have some essential survival tools on hand.

The school supply experts at Staples recommend these 7 tools that every dorm-dweller should have on hand:

1. Desk organizers and accessories

You’ll probably have your own desk/work area in your dorm room and it most likely won’t be spacious. Organizers and accessories can help keep the smallest workspace tidy and functioning optimally. File sorters can help you stay on top of assignments; drawer organizers can keep pens, pencils and paper clips out of the way but still in reach, and a pencil cup with cellphone holder gives you a place to park your phone while you’re working.

2. Headphones and wireless speakers

Whether you’re relaxing with some tunes or listening to a recording of a lecture you missed, you’ll want the best sound possible. Wireless speakers allow you to move the sound to where you need it most without cluttering up the room with wires. When you’re done using them, store them out of the way. Or, if you don’t want to disturb your roommate (or be disturbed), a good set of headphones are a must.

3. Laundry accoutrements

It’s a time-honored joke that dorm-dwellers bring their dirty laundry home for mom to do, but that’s not really what happens. In reality, you’re going to have to do your own laundry while you’re at school. Most dorms have communal laundry rooms, so you’ll need a basket or bag in which to carry your laundry. It pays to have your own detergent and fabric softener, too, as your roommate will quickly lose patience if you constantly mooch his. Find a small laundry basket with a curve for your hip to make it easy to carry, and consider using those all-in-one laundry packets that incorporate detergent and softener in one pod.

4. A kick-butt laptop

Laptops are great for everything a college student needs and wants to do, from gaming to word processing, streaming video or uploading assignments. Make sure yours is fast and versatile – and a fun color! The HP x360 Stream does everything you need and is available in cool colors like blue and pink.

5. Storage solutions

Dorm rooms are rarely spacious, and don’t forget you’ll almost certainly be sharing with at least one other person. Closet and drawer space will be at a premium. Give yourself additional storage space, like a Premium File Crate from Staples in cobalt blue, rose pink or eco green. Crates are stackable, can fit into corners and can hold just about anything, from books to clothes to audio/visual components. And they’re lightweight to pack up and move when the school year ends.

6. Cleaning supplies

Remember that sick roommate who slimed your desk? That won’t be the only mess you need to clean up in your dorm room. Keep simple, multi-use cleaning supplies on hand like Clorox Wipes, to mop up spills and fight germs. Remember, a clean dorm room is a healthier dorm room!

7. A handheld shower caddy

Dorms often have multiple rooms sharing a single bathroom. Even if your room has its own attached bath, you’ll still be sharing it with at least one other person. If you both leave all your shower stuff there every day, the room will quickly become cluttered. Use a portable shower caddy to transport shower essentials (don’t forget shower shoes/flip flops) to and from the bathroom each day. That way, the room stays neat and you don’t have to worry about your roommate using the last of your salon-quality shampoo!

Dorm dwelling can be a positive experience you’ll never forget, as long as you move in with the right survival tools in hand.

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Keep children’s vaccines current


National Immunization Awareness month

With school right around the corner, Michigan parents are encouraged to get a head start on back-to-school planning by talking with a pediatrician today about recommended vaccines. Before beginning school in the fall, children entering a licensed childcare facility, kindergarten, 7th grade, or moving to a new school district, need to be up to date on their immunizations or obtain a waiver from their local health department.

“Now is the perfect time to talk with your family physician about the vaccinations your children need before the school year,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). “Immunizations are safe and effective, and by keeping current on the recommended vaccination schedule, parents can protect their children and our communities against vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Every year there are cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in Michigan. Nationally, there has been a recent increase in cases of measles, and the only way to reverse the trend is to build and maintain high vaccination rates in our communities. Currently, Michigan’s statewide waiver rate for children and adolescents is 5 percent, but rates vary by county. To address this, MDHHS is partnering with local health departments to educate parents on the benefits of vaccines and the risks associated with not vaccinating risks to both to the individual and the community.

As part of these efforts, beginning January 2015, a new administrative rule went into effect requiring parents to talk with a health educator at their local health department before opting their children out of vaccinations. The new rule ensures parents and guardians seeking a non-medical waiver have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and questions regarding immunizations prior to the waiver being signed.

Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with their family physician or local health department as early as possible. Further, cost should not be a barrier to vaccinations. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. Parents are encouraged to contact their local health department for additional information. Parents who choose not to vaccinate must make an appointment with their local health department to receive a non-medical waiver. It is no longer available at schools or childcare.

For more information about vaccinations including immunization schedules, local health department locations, and resources regarding low-cost vaccination options for the uninsured or underinsured, visit www.michigan.gov/immunize.

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Beat the Morning Meltdown


BACK-Beat-morning-meltdownWays to prepare family for the day ahead 

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Mornings can be mayhem for moms. In fact, according to the Johnsonville Sausage Report, nearly half of moms say that mornings can be so hectic that most days everyone in the family needs to fend for themselves for breakfast.

One mom who is all too familiar with handling hectic mornings is Elisa All, founder of 30Second Mobile, a mobile website and app that keeps busy moms “in the know while on the go.”

All says it’s about planning ahead and powering up for the busy day ahead.  “The kitchen in the morning can be chaotic if you don’t have everything lined up the night before,” All said. “I love serving my family a hot, balanced breakfast, and, it’s a lot easier than many people think.” Johnsonville just introduced fully cooked breakfast sausage, which is easy to warm up in the microwave for 30 seconds, and powers kids up with protein to get them through the morning.”

Here are her top 10 Morning Hacks:

1) Stage a path to the door the night before so everyone knows where they’re going.

2) Select kids’ outfits at night. Be sure to check weather in advance and plan accordingly.

3) Pack lunches ahead of time. After dinner, pack the non-chilled items in the lunchbox and leave it on the counter for quick packing of the chilled things in the morning.

4) Brush teeth and wash face in the morning shower, or take baths the night before.

5) Sunshine helps you wake up. Open the shades and let the light in.

6) Make breakfast easy by keeping tasty foods on hand. Johnsonville’s new, fully cooked breakfast links—in Original Recipe, Turkey and Vermont Maple Syrup—help you give your family a wholesome and high quality, warm meal in 30 seconds.

7) Place jackets and backpacks in a central location to grab on the way out. Use a hanging shoe organizer with pockets to keep essentials and accessories by the door.

8) Reward with what works for your child, for example, electronics and other activities they get to do in the car.

9) Motivate and track time with a music playlist. Everything is more fun and moves more quickly with tunes, and you can track how much time has passed.

10) Care for yourself. Have a workout bag in the car and consider getting up earlier to have some personal time before the day gets going.

With these ideas in mind, you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings. And one more idea: a mobile breakfast in a coffee mug that’s microwave-ready and will have you out the door in minutes. Check out the delicious recipe for Sausage, Egg and Potato Scramble below and visit www.johnsonville.com for more easy meal ideas.

Microwave Sausage, Egg & Potato Scramble

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Servings: 1

1/2 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

2 links Johnsonville® Fully Cooked Original Recipe or Turkey Breakfast Sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

Salsa, optional

Coat 12-ounce microwave-safe coffee cup with cooking spray. Add hash browns. Microwave on high for 1 minute.

In a small bowl, combine egg, milk, sausage and cheese; pour over hash browns. Stir until blended.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until eggs are set. Serve with salsa if desired.

Sources: 2014 Johnsonville Sausage Report, 1,081 adults 18+ by Impulse Research


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Prevent bullying 


Tips to help you and your child 

From the Kent County Sheriff Department


Bullying, when one child picks on another repeatedly, is an increasing problem in schools. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. One only has to think of the most recent school shooting to know that bullying can have tragic consequences. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office wants to help you ensure your child is safe from bullying at school and promote an atmosphere where problems can be worked out constructively, rather than violently. The following are just a few tips to help you whether your child is being bullied, your child is the bully or your child observes bullying.

When your child is bullied

*Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:

•Look the bully in the eye.

•Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.

•Walk away.

*Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:

•I don’t like what you are doing.

•Please do not talk to me like that.

•Why would you say that?

*Teach your child when and how to ask for help.

*Encourage your child to make friends with other children.

*Support activities that interest your child.

*Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.

*Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

When your child is the bully: 

*Be sure your child knows that bullying is never ok.

*Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.

*Be a positive role model. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.

*Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.

*Develop practical solutions with the school

When your child is a bystander: 

*Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.

*Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.

*Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

*Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.


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Drivers: be extra cautious as kids get back-to-school 


From the Kent County Sheriff Department


Summer days are waning away and kids across Michigan went back to school this week. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school.

Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day. Sheriff Stelma has some safety measures for both students and motorists to help ensure safety for everyone.

Tips for students:

•Always arrive at the bus stop early.

•Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

•Once on board proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.

•Do not move around on the bus.

•Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

•Never walk behind the bus.

•If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.

•Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

•Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Tips for motorists: 

•Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

•If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

•Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.

•Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

•Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully


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