Today is the last day of the academic year for Charlotte County Public Schools. With that, children will now be free to enjoy their summer – and let’s remember that they weren’t able to enjoy last summer fully due to the pandemic.
So what does this mean for all of us?
It means that working parents may need to make arrangements to check in with their kids throughout the day. Remember to have a safety plan in place if kids are home when you can’t be there. This safety plan should include (at a minimum): a trusted adult they can contact if there is an immediate need, a means to call 911 if necessary, and ground rules to be followed in your absence. If possible, ask a reliable neighbor or friend to keep an eye on them until you get home.
It also means there is a higher likelihood of kids being outside – playing, riding bikes or scooters, etc. Please use extra caution when driving through residential areas and near parks. It is also a good idea to double-check that your sheds, trailers, golf carts, and other valuables are locked and secured so no unauthorized access occurs. Especially for things such as firearms, alcohol, medicines, and anything else that may cause harm, it is imperative to take extra precautions. With small children, make sure they do not have access to a pool without adult supervision.
Kids will be kids, so it’s up to each of us to keep them safe.
Have a great and safe summer.
— Sheriff Bill Prummell