Lackland AFB Supervision Guidelines

Lackland AFB Supervision Guidelines
Posted on 01/19/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Lackland AFB Supervision Guidelines            With the return to school from Winter Break, as well as for the parents to some of our newly enrolled students, I felt it was the perfect time to remind parents of the JBSA youth supervision guidelines.  I also wanted to provide some general tips for leaving your child alone and other safety concerns.  The below chart and corresponding letter from the 502d Air Base Wing Commander, Brigadier General Heather L. Pringle covers the guidelines for youth supervision.  These guidelines, which were created with the safety of our youth, covers everything from what age a child can walk alone to and from school, leaving your child in a vehicle alone, or leaving your child home alone.
            As a large amount of our students here on JBSA Lackland walk or ride to school, I thought I’d offer some tips as well as some requirements to ensure that everyone gets to and from school as safely as possible.  With daylights savings time, especially in the winter months, it tends to still be dark while the students travel to school in the morning, so using some form of reflective markings on the child’s backpack, to include the straps so that it can be seen from both the front and back, is a great way to make sure that your child is seen when crossing the street.  Flashlights, headlights/taillights and reflectors for bikes is another great way to make sure your child is seen.  Additionally for those that ride to school on a bike, please remember a HELMET IS REQUIRED on the installation. Also, students must wear a helmet when skateboarding at the skate park. 
            When it comes to safety when leaving your child unattended at home, always make sure they know all important phone numbers, with the added suggestion of having the number written down and located where the child knows where it is located, as well as the means to call for help in the event of an emergency.  Also ensure that children do not cook in an unsafe manner (if at all) while unattended, especially with gas appliances.  Going over and even practicing things such as not to answer the door for strangers or what to do in the event of a power outage, or severe weather is also a suggested practice for safety, whether left unattended or not.
            When leaving a child left unattended in a vehicle, there are some additional safety concerns that are to be taken into consideration when deciding whether to leave them alone in a vehicle.  As the JBSA guidelines have varying requirements based upon the child’s age, a few safety practices are still good to practice no matter your child’s age.  Ensure the outside temperature does not present a safety risk to your child such as heat stroke and dehydrations in the warmer months or Hypothermia in the colder winter months.  Also make sure your child does not have the ability to put a vehicle into motion by engaging your emergency brake and, age dependent, removing the keys from the ignition.  Ensuring a child knows how to unlock or lock car doors can also be valuable in the event the child locks themselves inside the vehicle.
            Although I could go further in depth with safety tips, I will save some for our future articles and publications, so keep an eye out for them.
Very Respectfully,
Officer Kinman
Lackland I.S.D, School Support Officer