BACK TO SCHOOL: NBC 10/FOX 14 are getting you ready for the upcoming school year

Back to School

WEST MONROE, La. (8/6/2019) — At NBC 10 & FOX 14, we want to prepare you for the upcoming school year. We have several in-depth stories that teachers, parents, & students should watch before the first day of school.

Morning Anchor Bode Brooks looks at how school feed those who cannot always find a meal & how schools are trying to prevent hunger in schools.

Louisiana Living’s Ashley Doughty talks to Ouachita Parish School Superintendent Don Coker about the upcoming school year.

Our Mya Hudgins talks to a handful of the over 120 new school teachers in Ouachita Parish. Your kids aren’t the only ones excited & nervous for the new school year.

Morning Anchor Randi Ayala talks to one young man who almost lost an eye. His grandmother says it was because of bullying.

Our Isabel Albritton goes to Boley Elementary, where teachers & school leaders are preparing for a school year in a temporary building, after their former building burned down last Spring.

Bode Brooks talks to Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine about what parents, students, and teachers there can expect this year.

Morning Anchor Randi Ayala talks to local clothing shop owners about the hot new trends for back-to-school fashion.

Louisiana Living’s Ashley Doughty holds an on-air back to school fashion show with fashions from Uptown Girl Boutique.

When does school start?

School starts on different days in different parishes in Louisiana. In Arkansas, there are some different start days even within one county. Additionally, check with your local school district on the schedule for Kindergarten. Many have several half-days or boys-only/girls-only days.

August 9, 2019

August 12, 2019

August 13, 2019

August 14, 2019

August 15, 2019

August 16, 2019

August 19, 2019

Back-to-school photos

Back-to-school pictures are some of the most fun parts of the first day of school. To join in the festivities, the on-air staff of NBC 10 & FOX 14 are showing off their grade-school pictures. See if you can figure out who is who.

Safety tips to remember for the first day of school

Leaders in Union Parish sent us these safety tips for parents and students to remember, whether you are walking, bicycling, or riding the bus to get to school:

  • Walking to school: Review your family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child
  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available; when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic
  • Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted walking
  • Riding a bicycle to school: Teach your child the rules of the road and practice riding the bike route to school with your child
  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in single file
  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street; walk bikes across the street
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted riding
  • Make sure your child always wears a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing
  • Riding the bus to school: Teach your children school bus safety rules and practice with them
  • Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus
  • Teach your children to stand six feet (or 3 giant steps) away from the curb
  • If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other Driving your child to school Stay alert and avoid distracted driving
  • Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school’s drop-off procedure
  • Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street School Safety Many school-related injuries are completely preventable.
  • Preventing backpack-related injuries. Choose a backpack for your child carefully; it should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort
  • Ask your child to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders
  • Don’t over stuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent of your child’s body weight
  • Rolling backpacks should be used cautiously since they can create a trip hazard in crowded school hallways
  • Preventing playground-related injuries. To reduce strangulation hazards on playgrounds, have your child leave necklaces and jackets with drawstrings at home

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