It’s August, and you know what that means. School is back in session! At The Peper Law Firm, we want you to be #BacktoSchool ready. We’ll talk about the right backpack, school bus safety, lunchtime and new laws put in place for South Carolina schools. Read along to learn more about what you can do to make a difference in your child’s safety at school this year.
The Right Backpack
Choosing the right backpack is actually a very important step in the safety of our children. You will want to choose a backpack that is wide with padded shoulder straps and preferably a padded back. Try to pack light and only carry the items that are needed throughout the day, and always make sure to wear your bag on both shoulders. This will prevent posture problems and any pain that could occur in the neck, back and shoulders.
School Bus Safety
We want to know that our kids are safe going to and from school, and these easy steps will help ensure their safety.
- Getting on and off the school bus at safe locations that have easy access to bus and school
- Stopping at the curb before approaching the bus
- Looking both ways before crossing street in case a vehicle does not stop as required
- If your child has a health condition that could result in an emergency while on the bus, make sure you work with school personnel to have an emergency plan in place.
Every new school year, we hear our children talk about the school lunches. Let’s make sure that they are consuming the right nutrients needed to get them through the school day.
- Check to see if your school provides breakfast; if they do not, make sure to feed them something nutritious each morning. Studies show that eating breakfast increases energy and helps children concentrate better in school.
- Ask your school for a cafeteria menu, so that you can plan to pack lunches on days where your child may not like the main course.
- Check to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunch. The forms for this should be available in the school’s front office.
- Food served during the school day must meet the USDA nutrition standards. Look into what your kids are being served, and if it meets the required standards.
- If your child has an allergy, make sure you notify the school so that your child’s needs are met.
For more information on nutrition requirements, visit https://www.usda.gov.
Recent changes for SC schools
The state of South Carolina put new laws into effect July 2018 that deal with schools and their safety. These law changes include putting armed officers in SC schools and beefing up school security.
For more information on the new laws, visit www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article214252869.html.