ALBANY, N.Y. (October 5, 2009)
-- The safety of our students is a
top priority in the City School District of Albany. In light of recent
reported cases of attempted abductions of children in Capital Region
communities, including Albany, we ask parents and guardians to review
the following safety tips with the entire family.
These tips are intended to keep children
safe while they are walking, biking or riding a bus to school in the
morning and home again in the afternoon, as well as anytime they are out
in the community without parental supervision.
NEVER WALK ALONE – Walk with an
adult family member, an older student or with a group of students.
DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS – If
approached by a stranger RUN immediately to the
nearest store or crossing guard and tell an adult about it.
COME TO SCHOOL ON TIME –
Sometimes being late is unavoidable. Parents and guardians, on those
occasions please escort your children into the school building and
be certain of their safe arrival.
WALK AGAINST TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE
FOLLOWED – It takes time for a driver to turn around and it will
give you a head start.
TELL SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY – If you
have had something happen to you, have had an experience that made
you feel uncomfortable or scared, or if you have information, tell
school officials or your parents immediately.
Again, please review this information with
your children and impress upon them the importance of avoiding
strangers. The Albany Police Department also reviews “Stranger
Abduction” with our students in their “Step Away For Safety” curriculum.
Two of the recent reported incidents of
attempted abductions of children in the area occurred in Albany within
the past week. One, involving a 16-year-old girl, occurred on the
morning of Monday, Oct. 5, in the area of Second Avenue. The other,
involving a 10-year-old girl, occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the
vicinity of Quail Street and Livingston Avenue.
The Albany Police Department is
investigating both allegations. Please contact the police immediately at
462-8039 if you have any information.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district
serves approximately 8,400 students in 16
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.