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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Back to School Safety Tips

August 15, 2013

As parents prepare for the start of a new school year, teaching children how to be safer needs to be a priority. Below are a few helpful tips:

Backpack safety

  • Pack light. A backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight.
  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps. Always use both straps. Carrying a backpack over one shoulder can strain the muscles.

Traveling to and from school

School Bus

  • It’s a good time to reinforce general safety rules including who he/she should and shouldn’t talk to, and when he/she shouldn’t get off the school bus.
  • Parents dropping off their children at the bus stop, should let their children exit their vehicles at curbside, away from traffic.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching it from the curb.
  • Wear a lap/shoulder seat belt on the bus if it is equipped with one.
  • Do not move around on the bus.
  • Keep heads and arms inside of the bus while riding.
  • Wait until bus come to a complete stop before getting up to exit.
  • Check both ways before exiting the bus.
  • Remind children not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up dropped objects. The bus driver may not see them.

Walking to school

  • Consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school with.
  • Review traffic safety rules with them.
  • Remind them not to talk to strangers.
  • Do not stop on the way.

Special Notes

  • Keep encouraging literacy at home.
  • Create a quite place, without distractions, for your child to do his/her homework.
  • Remember curfew hours change when school starts. Children under 17 years old, without a custodian, should not remain in a public place or on the premises of an establishment during the hours of 8:00pm to 6:00am Sunday-Thursday and 11:00pm-6:00am on Friday and Saturday. The French Quarter hours remain 8:00pm-6:00am, Sunday through Saturday.
  • For more information on New Orleans curfew laws visit:


Thank you,

Sergeant L. J. Smith

New Orleans Police Department

Commander, Crime Prevention Unit

715 S. Broad Avenue, Office # A- 412

New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 658-5590 – Office Phone - Email


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Last updated: 8/15/2013 3:35:12 PM

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