KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL
DRIVE WITH EXTRA CAUTION
Students are back in school, and local police departments are reminding drivers to proceed with extra caution around our schools and in our neighborhoods, especially during the morning rush hours.
That means kids will be out at bus stops, buses will be stopping on the roads, and parents will be driving their children to and from school. Drivers can help keep children safe by reviewing these traffic laws, please click here.
The "Secret Word"
Now that it’s back to school time, it’s a good time to review with your children a plan to communicate with them through other people in the event that you can’t talk to them directly.
In the event that you can not speak to your children directly during an emergency, they need to know that the information you want them to have is a message from you. Having the knowledge that the message came from you will help your child understand what is being asked of them and how they should proceed.
The way to do that is to have a secret word that only your family knows. This word is to be shared only during the time of an emergency communication. The word you should pick is one that would be familiar to all in your family and should be something that would be easy for all family members to remember. Make it something different, a slang word, a word that was maybe mispronounced by one of the children when they were little and now everyone in your family refers to it as a memory. For instance: in our family “Basghitti” was our code word because the boys couldn’t pronounce “Spaghetti” when they were little.
Preparation can make a difference in handling unexpected circumstances.
CHV Trustee, Emergency Response Liaison
Back to School
School bells are ringing across the nation! Parents and guardians, it’s time to get familiar with the emergency plan at your child’s school and daycare.
Much like individuals and families, schools and daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans. If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s vital that you make sure your child’s school or daycare has a plan to ensure his or her safety during an emergency. The Ready Campaign recommends you:
• Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis;
• Ask if they store adequate food, water, and other basic supplies; and
• Find out if they can “shelter-in-place” and where they plan to go if they must get
Disasters can occur while your child is away from you, but protecting from afar is as easy as ABC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outline a quick and easy way to keep your child safe at school or daycare:
• Ask how you will reunite with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
• Bring extra medication, special foods, or supplies that your child might need; and
• Complete a backpack contact information card.
If your child has a disability, or an access or functional need, be sure to meet with a school disability specialist to discuss plans for how the school will provide for his or her safety. For more information about school emergency plans, click here.
Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share safety messages on their social media networks.
Illinois Department of Transportation
State Emergency Contact Database
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is discontinuing the Yellow Dot Program, effective immediately.
IDOT encourages all motorists to sign up for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Emergency Contact Database. This service allows you to enter emergency contact information, as well as disability/special needs information, into a voluntary, secure database at no charge.
In the event you are involved in a motor vehicle crash or other emergency where you are unable to communicate, law enforcement can access this information and notify your designated emergency contacts, as well as provide any helpful information to emergency/medical personnel at the scene.
Click here to sign up, or for more information.
United Fall Fest
The 6th annual United Fall Fest is just two weeks away – September 10th.
The fest has become Campton Hills' premier FREE family friendly event and its yearly arrival is happily anticipated by many area residents.
Time: 3:00 - 10:00pm
Kids corner Fun - bouncy games, puppets, Reptile entertainment, Hula games, ice cream eating contest, MOVIE - punctuated by FIREWORKS!
Classic car show
Bands - RED WOODY and DISBARD - dance to your heart's content!
Great food- always BBQ, sandwiches, grilled corn, ice cream.
Adult beverages too - beer and wine
Fireworks at 8:15pm
The Congregational United Church of Christ
40W451 Fox Mill Blvd
Campton Hills, IL 60175
Please contact Polly Dickson for more information at 630-625-1176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.