tylerstarAs the weather cools and fall approaches, it's time to think about going back to school.  Chances are, you've already done most of your back to school shopping for your kids, including new supplies, clothes and food for lunches.  But while we are all getting ready for the coming school year, it's important not to forget that safety should always be on the top of our lists.

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State Rep. Sharon Tyler: Safety, parent involvement extremely important for successful students

Published 5:32pm Monday, September 6, 2010

School bus safety is extremely important.  If your child rides the bus, remember to have them always be in clear view of the bus driver and to look both ways before crossing the street.

Some kids live close enough to school to walk, but safety is important here as well.  Make sure your kids are familiar with their route and that the route has sidewalks to keep kids safely off the street.  Identify the home of someone you know or a safe business along the way where they can stop and ask for help in case of an emergency.  Also, remind your kids to never get in the car with someone they don’t know.

Safety while at school is important too.  Choose a backpack for your child that has lots of padding in the shoulders, and that it’s not packed too full.  Be sure that heavier items such as thick books are loaded closer to the child’s back.

The more involved you are as a parent, the more successful your child will be as a student.  As the kids start bringing home school work, take an interest in their studies and help them when you can.  Make sure they are studying in an area free from distractions like toys, video games and television.  If your child struggles, it’s important to meet with his or her teachers so you can understand the ways in which you can help.

For more ways to keep your kids safe and successful at school, visit the American Association of Pediatrics at www.aap.org and the National Safety Council at www.nsc. org.

I look forward to hearing your comments on these important issues.  Please feel free to contact me by calling (888) 373-0078 or e-mailing sharontyler@house.mi.gov.

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