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Transportation Tips

Helpful Carpool Tips

  • The “coned” area around the carpool lane is the designated “safety zone”.
  • For the safety of the students, only load or unload within the “safety zone”.
  • Left turns out of the parking lot are NOT allowed. Please see the sign located on the right hand side of the drive as you exit with specific times this rule is in effect. (Morrisville Police have been known to enforce this rule).
  • Please do not park in the fire lane (even if you are only planning to stay a couple of minutes).
  • Passing other cars in the “safety zone” is highly discouraged. It is not safe for the students and could cause “fender benders”. School personnel will direct cars around other vehicles when necessary.
  • Please remember to park only in the visitor parking lot. The bus/teacher parking lot is not set-up to handle student traffic beyond bus riders.

NC Child Restraint & Booster Seat Laws

  • All children less then 16 years of age must be properly restrained in a child restraint, booster seat, or safety belt no matter where they sit in the car.
  • Children less then age 5 and less then 40 lbs. must be properly restrained in the BACK seat if the vehicle is equipped with an active front passenger-side air bag.
  • Children less then age 8 and less then 80 lbs. must ride in weight appropriate child restraint or booster seat certified to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • When a child reaches age 8 (regardless of weight) or 80 lbs. (regardless of age), a properly fitted safety belt may be used to restrain the child.
  • If there is no lap or shoulder belt equipped seating postion available for using a belt-positioning booster seat, a child less then age 8 between 40 and 80 lbs. may be restrained by a properly fitted lap belt only.
  • WARNING: Belt positioning booster seats must never be used with just a lap belt.
  • The penalty for non-compliance with this new law is 2 points on your drivers license, a $25 fine and $100 court costs.

Safety on the Bus

  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach children to make sure that they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before they cross in front of the bus. Tell them to never walk behind the bus.
  • Be aware that bullying often takes place on the school bus. Ask children about their experiences on the bus–who they sit with, who they talk to, and what the other kids do. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver, or another trusted adult.

Be Cyber Security Aware

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The fastest growing crime is Cyber Crime such as Identity Theft;
  • The NC Information Technology services office estimates that approximately 300,000 North Carolinians will have their personal information stolen and used to commit financial fraud this year;
  • There are 24 million child Internet users, one in five children online is sexually solicited — yet only 1 in 4 told a parent or guardian;
  • One of every 17 minors online has been threatened or harassed online;
  • 77% of youths are contacted by online predators by age 14, and 22% of children ages 10 to 13 are approached;

BE SAFE ONLINE!
Consumers now have several great weapons to help fight Internet fraud, secure computers, protect personal information and keep kids safe online. Two recently updated websites – OnGuardOnline.gov and StaySafeOnline.org offer a wealth of information and practical tips about the constantly evolving threats that exploit today’s technologies.

Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

The quality and quantity of a child’s sleep affects the well-being of everyone in the household, not to mention that child’s performance in the classroom, at lessons, on the ball field.

Kid’s behaviors can directly reflect their lack of sleep in a way that may not be immediately obvious. Too little sleep for children may cause irritable or hyperactive behavior and can also make a condition like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse.

Most children’s sleep requirements fall within a predictable range of hours based on their age, but remember that your child is a unique individual with distinct sleep needs. Here are some approximations based on age:

Preschoolers age 3 to 5 need about 10 to 12 hours of sleep. Younger children often supplement the amount they sleep at night with a nap during the daytime. Most kindergarteners generally stop napping but care should be taken to see that they get a minimum of 10 hours of sleep at night.

Kids age 6 to 9 need about 10 hours of sleep per night. An occasional source of bedtime difficulties at this age results from a child’s need for private time with parents, without siblings around. Try to set aside a short special time with each child just before bed that can be used to share confidences, discuss problems, accomplishments, and plans.

Preteens and teens need about 8 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night, and as they progress through puberty, may actually need more. Because of their busy schedules, teens are often chronically sleep deprived, a state that is down right dangerous, especially when driving.

And remember, sleep deprivation adds up over time, an hour less per night is like a full night without sleep by the end of the week.

Take the time as this school year gets underway to note how many hours of sleep per night your children actually get. You may find that a simple adjustment solves a whole host of minor problems. And don’t forget, you need sufficient sleep too!

*Adapted from the Nemours Foundation – KidsHealth for Parents