CDC recommending safety as back to school necessity

CDC recommends parents, children brush up on safety before going back to school

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - As kids across the CSRA head back to school, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend parents know school emergency plans and drills.

Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School said they meet once a month to go over preparedness, but having parents on board helps.

"I feel they can reinforce it at home," Spanish teacher Patricia Burke said. "Sometimes if the child doesn't take it seriously, maybe a parent can help out with what's going on."

Mom Omaida Martin said she teaches her kids drills from home.

"We have fire drills at home," Martin said. "They know what to do in case someone attempts to break in and how to call 9-1-1."

But Martin said she feels good knowing kids know what to do in the classroom, thanks the drills at school.

"I will educate my kids as well at home, but I still feel it's the school's responsibility to make sure everyone is educated," Martin said. "I feel safer knowing my kids will know what to do and knowing other kids know what to do too."

The CDC is recommending parents and teachers drive home safety on the roads too. According to officials, one of three deaths among teens happens in a car crash. The CDC said the risk is especially high during the first year a teen has their license.

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