Students should walk directly to the bus stop in the morning and return home promptly after being dropped off at a bus stop. Parents should have an emergency plan in place in the event that they are not home when the student arrives. This could include going to a neighbor’s home and/or calling a relative.
Parents may want to develop a safety password with their child. Parents can share that safety password with other adults who they have given permission for their child to ride home with, letting their child know that the adult is a safe person.
Parents should discuss with their student(s) that if someone knows their name, that does not necessarily mean they are not a stranger. Student names are occasionally stitched on jackets, backpacks, or t-shirts and a stranger may use their name in order to seem familiar.