Natrona County School District and Sheriff’s Office partner for back to school safety reminders

Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 5:17 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As Casper students prepare to return to school, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office partners with multiple other agencies including the Natrona County School District, is reminding parents, students, and other community members about how to stay safe in school areas.

“Slow down, pay attention, and I think one of the most important things is put down the cellphone. We really need our drivers to be aware of their surroundings, eyes on the road, and be looking out for those students and other drivers as well,” said NCSD Public Information Officer Tanya Southerland.

In school zones, reduced speed limits and flashing lights are one way to protect students as they walk to or from school. These zones extend 200 feet around school property.

The NCSO recommends motorists familiarize themselves with school zones along their commute and in their neighborhoods, and pay attention to traffic signs and lights. Authorities also encourage parents to be talking to their students about stranger danger, especially around pick-up time after school ends.

“Going through and talking with your student about who trusted individuals are in their lives is, I think, a great way to have that stranger danger conversation,” said NCSO Public Information Officer Kiera Grogan.

For more back-to-school safety tips, visit the NCSO Facebook page.