08/10/2015

Sheriff's Office Offers Back to School Safety Tips

As kids prepare to head back to school, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips:

  • If your child is ready to walk to school or a bus stop without adult supervision, make sure to plan the safest, most direct route, and walk it with your child beforehand.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers, approach a car, or accept rides from anyone they don’t know well or don’t trust.
  • If you’ve decided your child is old enough to arrive home alone, make sure to review emergency plans and set up safety rules such as calling a parent upon arrival to check in. 
  • Be sure your child knows their home phone number and address, your work number, your first and last name, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.
  • Have a plan should your child miss the bus, or their ride does not arrive to pick them up.

Parents are also encouraged to go to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Website, www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com, and register their home addresses, along with addresses for their child’s school, bus stop, baby sitter and any other addresses your child will spend time, so you can receive alert notifications any time a new sex, drug or violent offender moves into the area.

Finally, area motorists are reminded that students will begin traveling to school, some walking and riding their bicycles.  Residents are encouraged to be watchful for kids and drive extra cautious, especially in school zones.