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As kids head back to school, NCSD and Casper PD ask public to prioritize safety

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CASPER, Wyo. — School in the Casper area is set to begin on September 1. The Natrona County School District and the Casper Police Department on Wednesday issued a set of safety reminder and tips for the public to consider.

“Now is a great time to spend time familiarizing yourself with important traffic signs, crosswalks, and school zones that you may come across not only in your daily commute but throughout your neighborhood and the entire community,” the joint release states. “Pay careful attention to school zones, bus stops, stop signs, and other important traffic elements put in place to keep students walking, riding, bussing, or biking to and from school safely.” 

NCSD and the Casper PD reminded drivers that they are required to stop when school bus stop signs are out or a bus’s lights are flashing.

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“Whether you are in front of or behind a school bus, if the red flashing lights are on or the stop sign is out, you must stop,” NCSD Director of Public Relations Tanya Southerland said.  “We encourage all drivers to be aware and diligent while driving at all times, but especially pay attention to school zones and school buses. You must stop when the stop sign is out or the red lights are flashing. These laws are in place to protect our children. Let’s keep them safe together.”

The joint release also encouraged parents to have conversations with their children about safety when walking or riding bicycles to and from school.

“Talk to your children about recognizing and obeying traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings,” NCSD and the Casper PD said. “Always look both ways before crossing the street and only cross the street using a crosswalk. Never enter streets from parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc. that may block your view or the view of motorists.”

“Walk and never run across intersections.”

Casper PD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd added: “Taking some time prior to school starting to walk with your child to and from school or the bus stop is a great opportunity to have targeted conversations with your children about paying attention to crosswalks, stop signs, and other traffic signals.”

Southerland said that parents should also talk about avoiding distractions such as texting or playing games on mobile devices while walking or biking.

NCSD and the Casper PD said that parents should also have conversations with their children about online safety. That should include discussions about what type of online access students will need for school and was inappropriate internet use might look like.

“Parents and guardians should create a safe plan of action with their children regarding transparent phone usage,” Ladd said. “At the least, know who your kids are talking to and what apps they use to communicate. Search for hidden apps or those made to look like different apps. Most importantly, encourage your children to speak with a trusted adult any time they encounter an uncomfortable situation online.”

The joint release pointed parents at some further resources regarding online safety:

  • For more information on this subject nationally, and tips on how to keep your children safe, please visit missingkids.org.
  • For resources on teaching kids about online safety and what to look for on devices, please visit casperpolice.org/keepkidssafeonline.