It’s the end of the school day, there’s a line of cars out on to the street with impatient parents, dozens of buses waiting and crazy children running around wildly excited that the day is finally over. Does this situation sound familiar to you?
If it does, it’s probably time to consider Rydin’s Student Safety Solution (S3). This system consists of parent pickup tags, backpack tags and bus rider tags and is in place to help tame the student dismissal process. In this blog post, we’ll cover the ins and outs of the system and how it can help your school.
The first piece of the S3 is a parent pickup tag. These are large hang tags that are displayed on the visor or rear-view mirror of the parents’ cars. Depending on the design of the parent pickup tag, you can write important information on the tag, including student name/number and grade level. You are able to match the information from the students’ tags on to the parent pickup tag. These tags come in a wide variety of styles, both stock and custom and you can match the tags to best fit your school’s needs, including size, colors, shapes and custom logos.
The next piece of the S3 is a backpack tag. These tags are smaller in size and are hung on the students’ backpacks and have matching information with the parent pickup tags. These tags can also be customized to fit the same specifications as the parent pickup tags. These tags are laminated and are designed to be durable and hold up through all that the students can throw at them.
The final piece of the S3 puzzle is bus rider tags. These tags are very similar to the backpack tags, but instead have the student’s bus information. This can include information such as; bus number, student name, bus stop location, etc. These are especially helpful to get everyone on and off the bus in a safe and timely manner and to ensure each student gets off at the correct stop.
So now that you know all the pieces that go into the S3, let’s cover why you want this system at your school. Obviously, student safety is everyone’s number one concern. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that students are safe before, during and after school hours. The S3 can easily be the single most important piece of your school’s safety initiative. Pickup and drop off times are the most hectic moments in the day for parents, students and staff. With so many moving pieces, one misstep can put a student in danger. With the S3, you can ensure students are always going to be accounted for. At the end of the day, staff can have students lined up in an organized manner based on their mode of transportation. Each and every bus-rider can be grouped together by their bus number and car riders can be lined up in the order that parents arrive in. S3 takes the guesswork out of the process and ensures your students are safe.
The next benefit of using S3 is creating a more efficient flow of traffic. Having a designated system with clear instructions simplifies the process for parents and staff. Add to that designated pick up lanes on the school’s property and you have a well-regulated system that takes less time for everyone involved. We’ve also seen an increase in schools using the S3 that also execute staggered dismissal times. Each grade level has color-coded backpack tags that will tell staff what time each grade level should go outside to be pickup up. For instance, Kindergarten students and parents have green tags and 1st grade has yellow tags. You are then able to stagger dismissal times in whichever way works best for your school.
The final benefit is not immediately obvious when you think about parent pickup tags. Since most of the designs of parent pickup tags do not utilize the back of the permit, you can use the back of the tag for sponsorship space. This will add revenue to your school by selling the blank space to a local business. This is a mutually beneficial relationship for both your school and the local business that helps pay for a safety measure for local children.
So, now you know all about the S3 and why you want it. We’re sure you have lots of questions, and maybe you’re even interested in ordering some parent pickup tags today. We know that you want to be the first school in your district to use these to help keep students safe. If so, please feel free to give us a call!
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