Partners in Education, Back to School Safety Reminders from the Natrona County School District and Casper Police Department

Casper, Wyoming (August 18th, 2021) The first day of school for Natrona County School District students is September 1st. As we begin to prepare for a great school year, the Casper Police Department and Natrona County School District would like to share some important safety tips and reminders with our community. 

  • Know the Signs

    • Motorists should be aware of school zones and always obey all traffic laws. 

    • Now is a great time to spend time familiarizing yourself with important traffic signs, crosswalks, and school zones that you may come across not only in your daily commute but throughout your neighborhood and the entire community. 

    • Pay careful attention to school zones, bus stops, stop signs, and other important traffic elements put in place to keep students walking, riding, bussing, or biking to and from school safely. 

    • School Bus Stop Sign awareness. Red means stop, both flashing lights and/or the stop sign.

      • “Whether you are in front of or behind a school bus if the red flashing lights are on or the stop sign is out, you must stop,” shared NCSD Director of Public Relations, Tanya Southerland.  “We encourage all drivers to be aware and diligent while driving at all times, but especially pay attention to school zones and school busses. You must stop when the stop sign is out, or the red lights are flashing. These laws are in place to protect our children. Let’s keep them safe, together.”

  • Ready, Set, Go! Planning with Purpose

    • Now is a great time to have proactive conversations with your children regarding their daily walk or ride to and from school and discuss simple safety measures to keep them safe. 

      • Talk to your children about recognizing and obeying traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.  

      • Always look both ways before crossing the street and only cross the street using a crosswalk. Never enter streets from parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc., that may block your view or the view of motorists.

      • Walk and never run across intersections.

    • “Taking some time prior to school starting to walk with your child to and from school or the bus stop is a great opportunity to have targeted conversations with your children about paying attention to crosswalks, stop signs, and other traffic signals,” suggested Casper Police Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “It is also a great time to have early conversations with your student about being aware of their surroundings and avoiding distractions, such as texting or playing games on their phone while walking or biking to and from school.” shared Tanya Southerland, NCSD PR Director.

  • Digital Safety Reminders

    • The start of a new school year is a great opportunity to open a conversation with your child about being safe online. 

    • Talk with your student about what type of online access they need for school and what inappropriate usage may look like. 

      • “Parents and guardians should create a safe plan of action with their children regarding transparent phone usage,” advised Casper Police Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “At the least, know who your kids are talking to and what apps they use to communicate. Search for hidden apps or those made to look like different apps. Most importantly, encourage your children to speak with a trusted adult anytime they encounter an uncomfortable situation online.”

    • For more information on this subject nationally, and tips on how to keep your children safe, please visit missingkids.org.

    • For resources on teaching kids about online safety and what to look for on devices, please visit casperpolice.org/keepkidssafeonline.

The Casper Police Department and Natrona County School District are dedicated to working together with our community to ensure all students have an exceptional and safe school year!  As we excitedly approach the first day of school, we encourage families to follow along with NCSD and CPD social media accounts as we continue to share important Back to School safety tips and information for families and our community. We are proud to partner together year after year to ensure the safety and success of our students and #ourcommunity. 

NCSD is committed to providing a high-quality educational environment for all students to progress in their learning while maintaining our commitment to the safety and health of students, staff, and the community. We are incredibly grateful to have terrific students, staff, school families, and community members who go above and beyond every day, in and out of the classroom, to ensure educational excellence in Natrona County.

The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services.