Mardi Gras Safety Tips
Mardi Gras Safety is an essential part of parade day plannning. It is discussed each year as developmentally appropriate with students in the Upper, Middle and Lower School Divisions as well as our Preschoolers and includes the following:
Always have a plan and let others in the family know your plan.
- Where will you go to watch the parade?
- Who will be with you?
- When will you check in with an adult?
- Where is your meeting spot? (This will come in handy if you become separated or need a place to meet after the parade has ended).
Be aware of your surroundings at a parade or wherever you go. Notice who and what is around you. Discuss this with your family/group.
DESIGNATED MEETING SPACE
Make sure you and your friends decide on a meeting spot before the parade begins and try to make it in an area that is not too crowded or too far off the beaten path.
If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, remove yourself asap and find a trusted adult or a family with children.
KEEP CONTACT INFO
Keep a physical copy of contact phone numbers on you (not just in your cell phone) and for younger children a tag inside of the clothing. This becomes most important if separated from the group or cell phones fail. Permanent marker plus clear nail polish works like a temporary tattoo.
Always travel with a buddy.
YOUR OWN CONTAINER
Always have a lid on your cup, never accept an open container, and do not set your beverage down and then go back to retrieve it.
THINK BEFORE YOU POST
With technology and social media, think before you post. Everything you post is both public and, in many cases, permanent ... YES, even if you hit delete or hide, it may still appear online in feeds.
Keep your phone charged and/or carry your phone charger with you. If you can’t get service to make a call, try to text.
Beads are dirty. Use hand sanitizer especially before eating anything.
From all of us at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, have a safe and most enjoyable Mardi Gras.
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