Sheriff Mike Waguespack wants to pass on some Back to School Safety Tips from
the Assumption Parish Sheriffs Office.
new school year is here, and the adjustment to returning to school may take a
few weeks. Returning to school can be fun and exciting, with every day bringing
new experiences, but it can also be difficult for some children. Kids today are
faced with far more than learning new material. Interacting with teachers and
other students, bullying, peer pressure and school violence are just a few of
the challenges children face. You can help prepare your children for the
experiences they will face at school each day and help create a safer school
the following tips for advice on how to protect your children, and how to teach
them to protect themselves.
Getting to School
Give yourself plenty of time as you and your children adjust to the new school
Map out a safe way for your children to walk to school or to the bus stop.
Work with other parents in the neighborhood to ensure that children in the
neighborhood are supervised closely to and from school.
Work with your neighbors and your child on identifying "safe houses in the
neighborhood homes where your child can ask for help if need be.
Point out places they should avoid, such as vacant lots, alleyways, and
Encourage your children to use the "buddy system.
Teach your children to never speak to or go anywhere with a stranger, and let
them know it is okay to report if a stranger tries to approach them.
Teach your children to always be aware of their surroundings, including slow
moving vehicles or parked vehicles that appear to be occupied. If something
doesnt look right, they can take a different way home or walk on the opposite
side of the street.
Teach your children to pay attention to traffic signals and use crosswalks with
a crossing guard if available.
Make sure your children arrive at least five minutes early for the bus.
Make sure your children know to stand on the sidewalk while waiting for the
Teach your children to make sure the bus driver can see them before walking in
front of the bus, and never to walk behind a bus.
Be aware that bullying often happens on the bus. Ask your children about their
bus rides, who they sit with, and what goes on in the bus. Encourage them to
report any bullying behavior.
Have your children check in with an adult as soon as they get home.
Show them how to properly lock all doors and windows.
Make sure they know to never open a door to a stranger.
Establish a set of rules; who can come over, when homework must be done, and
any chores they must do before you get home.
Find a trusted neighbor who will allow your children to come over in case of an
Establish strict rules regarding Internet usage.
Teach your children to resolve problems without fighting.
Encourage your children to report bullying behavior, either as a victim or a
Ask school officials about the safety and emergency plans for the school. All
schools are required to have one.
Listen to children and encourage them to talk about their day.
Take all complaints about bullying seriously: if you dont, your child may not
tell you next time.
Watch for symptoms such as withdrawal, a drop in grades, or new friends.
Notify the school immediately if you think your child is being bullied.
Praise your children when they are kind to others.
Teach children self- protection skills; how to walk and talk confidently, stay
alert to their surroundings, and to stand up for themselves verbally.
"SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING Parents and children alike should be aware of
their surroundings. If you or your child becomes aware of something or someone
suspicious near the school, report it to law enforcement. We want to know!
For additional information concerning this News
Release, contact Sheriff Mike Waguespack at 985-637-6392 or Public Information
Officer, Robert Martin at 985-369-7281 or 985-398-0430.