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Health & Safety

From the Santa Clara Police Department 8/15/18

Approximately 17,000 students attending Santa Clara Unified School District schools start tomorrow. As kids and their parents get back into the school routine, it is important to keep traffic safety in mind.

The Santa Clara Police Department's Traffic Unit will be present in school zones throughout the city. We also urge parents to read these valuable reminders and talk to your kids about getting to and from school safely.

Adults
Budget extra travel time. School areas are congested. Allow more time than is needed to get where you are going.

Be aware of your speed in school zones. The posted speed limit in school zones is 25 mph. 

Yield to crossing guards. Crossing guards are an integral party to a school’s traffic plan. Be aware of their presence, listen to instructions and follow traffic safety laws.

Watch out for hot spots. Pay extra attention to "hot spots" like school zones, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus stops and school parking lots.
Don't text while driving. Don't talk on your phone or send text messages while you are driving.

Yield to school buses. Don't try to overtake a school bus – it is a moving violation. If a bus has a flashing red light, you are legally required to stop and wait for the light to turn off.

Expect the unexpected. Children are unpredictable. Kids are walking, riding a bicycle, crossing streets and “horsing around” a bit on their way to and from school. They have the potential to dart out unexpectedly, or may not be proficient in their bicycle skills. Be aware.
Talk with your kids about getting to and from school safely. 

Children
Exercise crosswalk safety. Tell your kids to cross streets only at crosswalks or stoplights and to always look both ways before crossing.
Use the buddy system. Know their planned route, make sure you have the contact information of your child's walking buddy and b e sure to communicate on day(s) where your child won’t be joining the buddy. 

Avoid danger zones. Tell your children be aware of “hot spots” (e.g. crosswalks, school parking lots, intersections, bus zones) and explain how to handle dangerous blind spots.

Wear bike safety equipment. Children who bike to school should wear helmets, light-colored clothing and reflective devices.

Don’t text while walking or bicycling. Don't talk on your phone or send text messages while you are walking or riding a bicycle. It is distracting and doesn’t allow the child to pay attention to their surroundings

Keeping kids Safe in Cyber Space

GO TO Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace for information on computer safety for kids from the Safety, Health, and Consumer Council.

Online Gaming TIps for Parents

GO TO Online Gaming Tips for Parents information

Helmet Safety Flyer

GO TO Helmet Safety Flyer

Healthy Kids Learn Better

GO TO Healthy Kids Learn Better information from SCUSD

Smart Snacks In School

GO TO the Smart Snacks page from the SCUSD Nutrition Department

SCUSD Health and Wellness

GO TO SCUSD's Health and Wellness Department page

School Safety, Guidance and Resources

GO TO School Safety Guidance, and Resources from the Santa Clara County Office of Education

Water Safety

GO TO Ways to Make water Safety a Priority from the City of Santa Clara

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Online Safety TIps

(Published by the Santa Clara Police Department 8-22-18)

School supply lists include plenty of items that will help set students up for success.  Pencils, papers, notebooks, and calculators are important, but some of the most useful back to school information is in regards to access to the internet, at school, home and while on the move. Teachers, parents and other adults are encouraged to share the following online safety tips:

  • Do not share personal information. Keep personal information about yourself private. This includes information about your family members, your school, your telephone number, and your address.  
  • Be careful what you write or upload. Think twice before you post or say anything online. Once it is out in cyberspace, it is there forever. Do not post anything that you would not want your family, other students, teachers, or current and future employers to see!
  • Connect with care. Do not click on links or open emails from people you do not know. Cyber criminals use emails and links that look okay to lure people into clicking. If you think an offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Use strong passwords. Try not to use the same password for multiple sites. Make passwords strong and change them often. 
  • Keep your belongings safe. Lock your computer, laptop and mobile phone.
  • Be a good online citizen. Understand that what you do online is the same as what you do in person. Be careful what you post or say about others.
  • Speak up! If you see something inappropriate online, are contacted by someone you do not know or do not want to talk to, or see cyber-bullying take place, do not try to retaliate or get involved. Talk to a trusted adult and work together on how to solve the problem.