BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Summer vacations are over and kids across south Louisiana are headed back to school.
There are many back-to-school events that will help get them ready for a new year.
We will continue to update this list when new event details are provided. Please check back.
On a mobile device? Click here to see a back-to-school photo gallery
MONDAY, AUGUST 8
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
- BRAVE 2nd Annual CommUNITY Back-to-School Extravaganza: A free festival that will focus on physical activities, games and crafts that use skills from the classroom. There will be a tug-o-war championship as well as "hoops" and a "dance-off" with the kids. Local elected officials will participate in the first "horse race" using bouncy ball horses. There will be free haircuts or styles on a first-come basis. Backpacks filled with supplies will be given to 500 attendees who pre-register online and 200 students through on-site registration. There will also be door prizes and free snacks. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Family and Youth Services Center, 1120 Government Street.
FatWallet.com released 10 back-to-school tech trends about laptops and smartphones for this school year. Of the 28% of parents who plan to purchase student laptops and/or smartphones this year for their kids in grades K-12:
- 57% indicated they think laptops are better learning tools for their kids over smartphones, while 37% thought students need both
- 46% agree it's practical for children ages 13-15 to have their own smartphones, and one-third said ages 10-12 is practical
- 54% are concerned with the expense of replacing a broken smartphone
- 65% will spend $500 or less on student laptops, 27% will spend less than $300, 23% between $501-$700 and 12% will spend more than $700
- 37% said the best time to buy a student laptop is during back-to-school sales, but 32% said during Black Friday
- 26% said MacBooks are the best laptops for their children's school needs, 20% Dell, 19% HP and 8% each for Microsoft Surface Book, Chromebook or ASUS
- 80% said laptops (or tablets) are offered in school for some grades, while 32% said they're available for all grades
- 51% are concerned with getting the best value (for the money) when buying student laptops, but one-third are concerned there are too many choices
- 54% are concerned with their children having their own laptops
The American Red Cross has some helpful tips for parents about getting their kids to school safely.
"Back to school is an exciting time for first time and returning children. Preparing and reminding children of safety measures - whether they walk, bike, or ride to school - is key to their arriving and returning home safely," said Merri Alessi, executive director for the Red Cross in the Louisiana Capital Area.
School Bus Safety
- Children should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before boarding and wait for the driver to signal to board
- Tell children to only board their own bus, NOT an unfamiliar one
- Always stay in view of the driver and don't walk behind the bus
- Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals, and always walk in a crosswalk
Get to School Safely
- Children who are driven to school in a car should always wear a seatbelt
- Younger children should ride in car seats or booster seats until the seatbelt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and 4'9") and ride in the backseat until they are at least 13 year old
- If a teenager is driving to school, parents should make sure they use seatbelts. Drivers should not use their cellphone to text or make phone calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving
- Students who ride their bike to school should always wear a helmet and ride on the right side of the road, traveling in the same direction as traffic
- Students who walk to school should only cross the street at an intersection and use a route with crossing guards if possible
- Parents should walk young children to school, as well as students who are taking a new route or attending a new school. Parents should arrange for children to walk with a friend or classmate, not by themselves
What Drivers Should Know
- Drivers should know what red and yellow bus signals mean, as well as keep an eye out for children getting on/off the bus. Yellow flashing lights on a bus indicate the bus is preparing to stop and motorists should slow down. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign mean the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus. Drivers in both directions must stop and wait for the lights to go off and the stop sign to be pulled back in place.
- Parents should also make sure children know their address and phone number and know how to get in touch with them at work. Children should also know the contact information for another trusted adult in case their parents can't be reached and should also know how to dial 911. Children should be taught not to speak to strangers or to accept a ride from one.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office offers the following safety tips as well.