The week following the Labor Day holiday is the traditional beginning of school, with many students in Colorado beginning even earlier in August.  Commuters must remember to slow down in school zones and heed signals from school buses.  And parents must address safety considerations for children travelling between home and school.  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office has posted a thoughtful checklist of safety factors for families.  The basics include knowing how to say “No” and how to call 9-1-1, but also suggests cooperating with neighbors to create “safe zones” where children can go to be safe during emergencies.

Sheriff Shrader also provides tips on keeping children safe while walking to school, as well as during the school day. The recommendations conclude with common sense advice for children during after school, particularly for those returning to an empty house.   The full post is here.