New Orleans Back to School Safety

back to school safety

With a new school year rapidly approaching, parents and students alike may once again be anxious about returning to class amid a recent increase of Louisiana COVID-19 cases–including pediatric COVID-19 cases. K-12 public school districts and private schools are once again facing a temporary indoor mask mandate that will be in place until at least September 1, 2021.

Amongst these rising concerns, it’s important that parents once again prepare themselves for another school year impacted by COVID-19. That is why our legal team would like to share some tips to help make back to school safety a breeze.

Reminders on How to Make Your Home a Safe Environment

During the previous school year, you may have already taken steps to help reduce any hazards that may affect your children’s health while they are home schooled. With that being said, it never hurts to re-educate yourself on a few ways you can help prevent at-home accidents and injuries.

Here are just a few reminders on how you can help make your home a safer environment before a hectic new school year begins:

  • Make sure children are adequately supervised. Being a working parent can make finding childcare before and after school challenging. If you need assistance getting childcare for your school-age children, resources may be available through the Louisiana Department of Education.
  • Store harmful items out of reach of children, including cleaning chemicals, prescription medications, and other potentially dangerous products. Everyday items most adults don’t think twice about can be a hazard to young children.
  • Take precautions against electrical hazards. Many students will continue to use technology to complete their studies, including laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Be careful when plugging in devices to ensure that electrical outlets are not overloaded. Utilize a surge protector and keep an eye out for worn or fraying cables, which can lead to electrocution or burn injuries.
  • Teach kids about online safety. Never assume that just because a Wi-Fi hotspot or laptop is issued by your child’s school that it is 100% safe. Teach your kids about online safety, including not to give out their personal information to people they don’t know, sticking to appropriate websites, and how to spot a scammer or predator. You can learn more about digital safety here.

Back to School Safety In and Out of the Classroom

As students prepare to go back to the classroom in just a few weeks, kids and parents alike may be out of practice when it comes to re-establishing their morning routines, including commutes and drop-offs. Here are some ways you can make sure your kids get to school and back safely:

  • Be especially careful when driving. Traffic congestion around schools can increase before and after school when cars line up to drop off or pick up students. That is why it’s important not to become complacent. Keep your focus on the road, avoid distracted driving, and always wear a seat belt.
  • Review pedestrian and bicycle safety. For kids who walk or bike to school, this means always wearing a properly-fitted helmet, using designated sidewalks and bike lanes, and following traffic safety laws.
  • Teach kids good personal hygiene. COVID-19 in New Orleans is here to stay for the time being, so it’s important that kids learn how to best prevent the spread of this disease. Encourage frequent hand-washing and to not rub eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing their hands. You will also want to make sure that your child has a mask that fits securely over their nose and mouth, and to wash it daily if it’s not disposable.

Injured At School? Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys

Every child deserves a safe education. If you or your child suffer an injury in or on your way to school because of another person’s negligent or reckless behavior, you could be entitled to compensation.

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation. Call us at one of the numbers below, speak to a representative online now, or send us a secure message. You don’t pay us unless we win your case, so contact us today.

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