Keep Students Safe As They Head Back To School

Aug 15, 2013, 11:44 ET from National Safety Council

National Safety Council and First Student join together to provide tips on school safety

ITASCA, Ill., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the back-to-school season just beginning, the National Safety Council has partnered with First Student, the largest provider of student transportation services in North America, to share important safety information at Millions of students will head back to school this fall, which is why now is a good time for parents and children to talk about school safety.


"We are pleased to partner with the National Safety Council on this important back to school program," said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student. "There is nothing as important as getting students to and from school safely, and the safety information provided on this website allows students, parents and motorists to see the critical role they play in the process."

Back-to-school safety encompasses a wide variety of topics including safety in and around buses, pedestrian safety, safety tips for motorists, tips to address bullying, playground safety and backpack safety among others. NSC and First Student have provided fact sheets covering these important topics with tips, such as:

  • Children walking to school should always cross at corners where there are traffic signals and designated cross walks
  • All children should avoid distracted walking, including no texting while walking
  • When on the bus, students should find a seat and sit down as loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver
  • Don't overstuff a child's backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight
  • More children are injured falling off climbing equipment or horizontal ladders than anything else on the playground – children under 4 shouldn't play on this equipment and older kids should be watched
  • If parents suspect their child is being bullied, they should speak out by telling school authorities, a teacher, a bus driver or school counselor

"Heading back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and students," said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. "As the safety of your family is of the utmost importance, parents are encouraged to use this time to have conversations with children of all ages to help keep them safe."

You also can find public service announcements on the following subjects:

About First Student
First Student, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is the largest provider of safe, reliable, sustainable student transportation services in North America. The company safely transports approximately 6 million students every day in the U.S. and Canada, using a fleet of more than 54,000 buses. The safety and security of its passengers is the company's core value, and First Student marked 2011 – 2012 as its safest year ever, reducing the number of injuries and incidents significantly. For more information on First Student, please visit or follow the company on Facebook ( and Twitter (@FirstStudentInc).

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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