Incident prompts renewed call for safety awareness
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2013) -- The Albany Police Department
and City School District of Albany are
urging parents to review safety tips with the whole family after
receiving reports of an
adult male inappropriately approaching students Friday morning.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident,
which took place while elementary school students waited
at a bus stop at South Pearl and Rensselaer streets. A letter informing
parents about the incident also went home Friday with students who
attend school nearby.
The safety of
all students is a top priority of the district, and
we want to remind parents and guardians to review the following safety
tips with the entire family. This information is
intended to keep children safe while they are walking, biking, riding
a bus to school or from school or 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
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
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.
urged to review the information with children and impress upon them the
importance of avoiding strangers.
Albany police were notified immediately and continue to investigate
If you have any questions or information, please
contact them at 462-8039.
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 nearly 9,000
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,
including four themed academies at Albany High