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City Provides Back-to-School Safety Tips for Naperville Families

As Naperville school children begin the 2016-2017 school year, the Naperville Police Department asks that families make back-to-school safety a priority.

Before the first day of school, parents should talk to their students about the following topics:

  • Students should know their home address and phone number as well as a parent’s cell phone number. Help your child practice it so they have it memorized before school begins.
  • There is safety in numbers. Use the buddy system. Always walk to and from school with a friend or stay with a group at the bus stop.
  • Stay within the crosswalks and obey all traffic signals and signs. Obey the crossing guard, if one is available. If children ride their bikes to school, make sure they wear a helmet.
  • Walk/ride in well-lit areas and never take shortcuts. Instruct children to avoid places they cannot be seen or heard and to stay on the School Walk Routes. More information is available at www.naperville.il.us/walkroutes.
  • Before the first day of school, walk to and from school with your child. Be sure to point out “Helping Hand” houses along the way. “Helping Hand” households are safe places for kids to go when they need emergency adult assistance. More information is available at www.naperville.il.us/helpinghand.
  • If your student will be riding the bus, visit the bus stop with your children and be sure they know their bus numbers.
  • Teach children the safety rule, “Say NO, GO and TELL”. If anyone approaches your child, offers them a ride, asks for directions or makes them feel uncomfortable, instruct them to say “NO”, get away from the situation (GO), and TELL a trusted adult. Be sure to discuss with your child who trusted adults may be: teachers, parents, a friend’s parents, neighbors, police officers, firefighters, relatives, etc.
  • Make sure children understand never to leave school with anyone they haven’t been instructed to leave with by you. If someone comes up to them and tells them that there is an emergency and they want your child to go with them, be sure they know to check first with you or another trusted adult (school personnel) before doing so.
  • If your students are old enough and will be taking care of themselves after school, please provide them with the “On Your Own” safety materials found at www.naperville.il.us/npdschoolprograms.

For more back-to-school safety tips, visit www.naperville.il.us/backtoschool.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.