Safety big concern heading back to school

The first day of school is always a big one for school districts. For Fort Wayne Community Schools, that equates to hundreds of students traveling to and from school.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 9:03 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Thousands of students throughout the region are returning to school this week. And as they're heading back, some safety concerns come up for families.

The first day of school is always a big one for school districts. For Fort Wayne Community Schools, that equates to hundreds of students traveling to and from school.

"It's going to be a hectic day. You've got the kids going back to school, you're going back to your job. It's going to take probably about a week or so to get back into the normal groove of things."

Fort Wayne Police Sergeant Jim Seay says they'll be back out at schools Tuesday, ensuring kids are safe.

"We're going to have the crossing guards out. We're going to have our SROs in the schools, as we have in the past several years as well as the school security officers working part time in the schools."

But families are being encouraged to do their part as well. Elise Chadwick's kids are in Southwest Allen County Schools. Even though she's not worried about her kids, she'll still have some conversations with them before they head back.

"We are talking about looking before we cross the road to get on the bus and sitting down on the bus."

Those who are at high risk are kids waiting at bus stops, bike riders, and walkers.

"We encourage them to have some type of reflective material on their backpacks, to walk in pairs or in groups, to remain on the sidewalks. If there's not a sidewalk available, stay out of the street, walk in the grass or along the burm if possible."

FWPD is even trying to reach people on social media to watch for pedestrians, but the most important tip for everybody, pay attention to your surroundings .

"So often people, not only students, walk along with their heads down, focused on their cellphones, not really paying attention to where they're going and the next thing you know, they're walking into traffic or into a fountain. it's just important to just be alert."

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