Safe Return to School

RETURNING BACK TO SCHOOL AND BEING SAFE.

COVID-19 - Planning for kids' return to Schools and Early Childhood Education and Care

Following on from the release of the National Framework for Managing COVID-19 in Schools and Early Childhood Education and Care, the Tasmanian Government has released the Return to School Operational Plan 2022.

The Plan balances the learning needs of all our kids, while ensuring they are as safe as possible in our care. It outlines a multi-pronged approach to preventing and managing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.

It also acknowledges the potential impact on the education workforce and identifies strategies to cover expected absences to ensure student learning continues. Clicking here will take you to the Tasmanian Department of Education Return to School Plan.

Road safety and pedestrian safety for kids returning to school

Returning to school after being in lock down might be quite daunting for some young people, said Kidsafe Road Safety Manager Peter Gillon.

Here are some important things for you to know and somethings to share with your child about good road safety practise:

Up to 5 years old

Think about what your child can see. Their peripheral vision is still not fully developed.

  • Remember they are a lot shorter than you and can see less on the road.
  • Always hold their hand.
  • Explain what you are doing when crossing the road.
  • Do a practise run, especially if they are starting a new school or it is their first day at school.
  • Get kids out of the car on the kerb side.
  • Ask your teacher if the school teaches road safety.

From 5 to 9-year-old

  • Always supervise your child near traffic, particularly when crossing the roads.
  • Teach your child how to walk across roads safely. Children must first stop at the kerb. They need to look and listen for traffic, wait for vehicles to stop before deciding if it is safe to cross. (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK)
  • Make the trip to school together along the safest route and use safe crossing places as an example for your child to follow.
  • Arrange for your child to be supervised on the way to and from school, and during or after school activities if you are unable to be there.
  • Explain words like “fast”, “slow”, “near” and “far”. Talk about signs and traffic lights and the safe places to cross. Point out dangerous places and where not to cross- near curves and where things might hide children from view.
  • Never call children from the other side of the road.
  • Make sure children get in and out of the car on the kerb side door, that is all children across the back seat.
  • Wearing clothes that can be seen when walking, such as high vis colours is best.

Bike helmet

  • Children under 12 to ride on footpaths.
  • Remember driveways are dangerous, look before crossing.
  • Make sure their helmet fits properly.
  • Do the push test. If the helmet can be pushed backwards and forwards it won’t protect them. The helmet is too big.

 

At Kidsafe we want parents and children to have practical advice to approach everyday life safely and reduce unintentional injury in young people.

Remember its not what their doing but what we are all doing to keep our children safe. School community relationships matter. Make sure your school community is working positively together. That’s why Kidsafe works so closely with schools and is there to help.

In 2014-15 transport injuries claimed the lives of 41 children aged 5-14 years and in addition 5,506 were admitted to hospital for injuries. AIHW (2018)

 

For further information contact Peter Gillon,  Road Safety Manager

Kidsafe Tasmania Incorporated.    M: 0407 692 403