parents and the public are encouraged to get up to speed about safety
issues that arise with the upcoming school year. Most elementary and
post-secondary schools in the Sparta and Tomah area will begin
Tuesday, Sept. 1.
focus on reports of violence in schools, research indicates that
school-age children are nine times more likely to sustain an
unintentional injury ó whether on the playground or in school ó
rather than being the victim of violence while at school.
and clothing are two other safety topics that often donít get the
students should avoid purchasing clothing with drawstrings as it might
get caught in playground equipment. Appliances bought for use in
college dorms should be UL approved, and electronic items, such as
coffee pots and heaters, should have automatic shut-off devices.
backpacks should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a studentís
total weight. Organize the backpack to use all compartments and pack
heavier items closest to the center of the back.
backpack with wide, padded, shoulder straps and a padded back and
always use both shoulder straps.
safety when riding to school on a bus, in a car, on a bicycle or
motorcycle or when on foot. Everyone using the motorways must be aware
of school bus and school zone laws.
Some good Web
sites for school safety include, but are not limited to, http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml,
information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the Safety Web site at https://extranet.mccoy.army.mil
and click on the safety tab or call the Installation Safety Office at
compiled from information supplied by the Fort McCoy Installation