Develop a buddy system for walking to an from school. Students should never walk alone. Always walk in groups with at least two or three other students. If possible, parents should walk their children to school.
Students never take shortcuts or cut through alleys or across vacant lots.
Students should try to avoid walking near abandoned houses. Never enter or play near abandoned houses.
Students should report anyone suspicious to school personnel or the police.
Parents and neighbors should turn on porch lights and other outdoor lights before dawn and at dusk.
Students should be on time, everyday.
Talk to neighbors and local businesses on your child's route to school and ask them if it is okay for your child to stay there in case of an emergency.
Be sure your children know their home phone number and address, your work and pager number and the number of another trusted adult. Put a cared with this information in their backpack and/or shoe. Make sure each child has change for a phone call or carries a telephone calling card.
If you work late, have your children call you as soon as they arrive at home after school.