The administration and teaching staff of the East
Bridgewater School System and the East Bridgewater Police
Department are committed to providing a safe and secure environment
for your children. A number of new programs have been
initiated to offer students a better chance to learn in a violence free environment. These programs
have been developed with student, faculty, administration, law
enforcement, and community input.
We intend to communicate clearly that violence is
wrong; teach kids how to settle conflicts without resorting to
violence; and take a serious look at how youth are gaining access to
weapons. We cannot do this alone; we need your help. If
you have guns in your home, please be sure they are safely stored and
secured, locked and unloaded, and kept away from children.
For children experiencing difficulties such as
depression or controlling anger, every effort should be made to
provide them with assistance. You are the best observer of your
child's behavior. Therefore, please watch for the following
signs that could indicate the potential risk of crime, violence, or
| - Lack of interest in school
|| - Change in friends
| - Grades begin to fall off
|| - Absent age-appropriate anger control
| - Child spends a lot of time alone (depressed)
|| - Access to large amounts of cash
| - Sudden change in clothing or
style of dress
|| - Fascination with weapons
| - Shortened temper and sudden outbursts of anger
|| - Involvement with or interest in gangs
| - Threats of violence to self or others
|| - Seeing self as always the victim
| - Misplaced or unwarranted jealousy
|| - History of bullying
| - Expression of violence in
|| - Cruelty to animals
| - Persistent disregard for or
refusal to follow
No single indicator should be cause for alarm or
concern, especially with adolescents. However, multiple
indicators may suggest potential risk. If you have a concern,
please call your family physician, psychologist, or school counselor.
Get help right away. The faster you find help, the more likely
the problem can be resolved.
What is a School Resource Officer?
The School Resource Officer is a nationally recognized program where a
Police Officer is placed in a school setting on a full-time basis. The
School Resource Officer (SRO) acts as a resource for students, parents,
faculty, administrators and the community surrounding the school. The
SRO Program is based on a triad concept that includes Law Enforcement,
Specialized Counseling and Law Related Education. The SRO investigates
criminal matters at the high school, is available to students and their
families for counseling, and can be used as a guest lecturer on law
The SRO, by virtue of being on full-time duty in the school, becomes the
equivalent of the neighborhood police officer-"the cop on the
beat". Through constant interaction he has become familiar with the
"citizens of his community" and as a result will be in a much
better position to assist victims as well as make informed decisions
concerning a pre-delinquent or a delinquents' future. In effect the
students, parents, faculty and administration are receiving personalized
police service, to continue with the East Bridgewater Police's community
Community Policing has become the goal of the East Bridgewater Police
Department and the proactive approach in programs, such as the School
Resource Officer, is a great asset to the community.
If you have any questions please
School Resource Officer Mark Harvey
at (508) 378-7223
Back to School Safety
MAKING THE FIRST DAY EASIER
Remind your child
that they are not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first
day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make
an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as
Point out the
positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. They will see old
friends and meet new ones. Refresh their memory about previous years,
when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits
because they had a good time.
Find another child in
the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride
with on the bus.
If you feel it is
appropriate, drive your child (or walk with them) to school and pick
them up on the first day.
Choose a backpack
with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
Pack light. Organize
the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items
closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh
more than 10 to 20 percent of the student's body weight.
Always use both
shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain
muscles. Wearing a backpack on one shoulder may also increase
curvature of the spine.
Consider a rolling
backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who
must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be
carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.
TRAVELING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Line up facing the
school bus door--not along the side of the school bus.
Don't play in the
street while waiting for the school bus.
belongings in a backpack or book bag.
Never reach under a
school bus to get anything that has rolled or fallen underneath.
After getting off
the school bus, move immediately onto the sidewalk, out of traffic.
Wait for a signal
from the bus driver before you cross the street. Walk at least 10
steps away from the front of the bus so that the bus driver can see
Never cross the
street behind the school bus.
Be at the school
bus stop on time.
Wait in a safe
place well back from the edge of the road.
Do not play in
ditches or on snow banks.
Enter the bus in
single file holding the hand rail.
Find a seat right
away and stay seated facing forward at all times.
Do not place things
in the aisle.
behavior. Do not throw things or eat or drink.
Keep your arms and head inside
Parents - what makes a
school bus safe?
Why no seat
all types of school bus collisions demonstrates that the current
school bus design provides a high level of protection to occupants and
that seat belts may actually adversely affect the safety of children
on school buses
requiring seat belts, school buses are designed and constructed
differently from passenger cars. School buses protect passengers
through "compartmentalization", a design that includes:
Seats with high
Seats filled with
Seats placed close
together to form compartments;
Studies have shown
that adding seat belts to the current seating configuration of a
school bus can increase the chance of head and neck injuries. For a
seat belt to be effective, it must be worn correctly, snug and on the
upper thighs. Because school vehicles carry passengers from the very
young to high school students, if seat belts were used, they would
need to be readjusted and their use monitored. A seat belt not worn
correctly may cause serious injuries.
should wear a seat belt and/or an age- and size-appropriate car
safety seat or booster seat.
Your child should
ride in a car safety seat with a harness as long as possible and
then ride in a belt-positioning booster seat. Your child is ready
for a booster seat when she has reached the top weight or height
allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots,
or her ears have reached the top of the seat.
Your child should
ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat
belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4' 9" in
height and is between 8 to 12 years of age). This means the shoulder
belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck
or throat; the lap belt is low and snug across the thighs, not the
stomach; and the child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle
seat back with her legs bent at the knees and feet hanging down.
All children under
13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
Remember that many
crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from
school. You may want to limit the number of teen passengers to
prevent driver distraction. Do not allow your teen to drive while
eating, drinking, or talking on a cell phone.
Always wear a
bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
Ride on the right,
in the same direction as auto traffic.
lights and stop signs.
Wear bright color
clothing to increase visibility.
Know the "rules of
Walking to School
Make sure your
child's walk to a school is a safe route
Be realistic about
your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive
and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not
your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.
Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly.
Usually children being bullied are either weaker or smaller, shy, and
generally feel helpless. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social.
It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the
neighborhood, or over the Internet.
When Your Child
Help your child learn
how to respond by teaching your child how to:
1. Look the bully in the eye.
2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
3. Walk away.
Teach your child how
to say in a firm voice.
1. "I don't like what you are doing."
2. "Please do NOT talk to me like that."
3. "Why would you say that?"
Teach your child when
and how to ask for help.
Encourage your child
to make friends with other children.
that interest your child.
officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
Make sure an adult
who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child's safety and
well-being when you cannot be there.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE
childhood, youngsters need supervision. A responsible adult should
be available to get them ready and off to school in the morning and
watch over them after school until you return home from work.
approaching adolescence (11- and 12-year-olds) should not come home
to an empty house in the afternoon unless they show unusual maturity
for their age.
If alternate adult
supervision is not available, parents should make special efforts to
supervise their children from a distance. Children should have a set
time when they are expected to arrive at home and should check in
with a neighbor or with a parent by telephone.
Plan a walking
route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the
fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that
have crossing guards.
Walk the route with
your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks,
vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren't many people
Teach your child
never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers.
Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't know well
or don't trust
Be sure that your
child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work
number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for
CHIP - Child Identification Program
Several hundreds of East Bridgewater children have
had their fingerprints, tooth prints and a brief video
interview taken by members of the East Bridgewater Police Department as
apart of the CHIP Program.
More info about CHIP: http://www.mychip.org/whatis.htm
The Masonic CHIP Program is the most comprehensive service of its
kind anywhere. CHIP is provided free of charge to the public, with
all of the identifying items generated during the events given to
the child's family.
The CHIP program includes the following:
brief videotaped interview that can be quickly distributed to the media in order to reach a huge
FINGERPRINTING: Fingerprinting is a well-known means of identification.
Resourceful parents keep fingerprints available should the need
TOOTH PRINTS: A
tooth print bite impression is quick and easy. Teeth, like
fingerprints are unique. A dental imprint gives both accurate and
important information for identification purposes. It also
provides sufficient material for a DNA sample.
CHIP is sponsored by the generous
donation of time and money from these organizations: