The disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Hormon has a lot of parents thinking about safety. Kyron was last seen inside his Portland school last Friday morning when his stepmother dropped him off. It left me wondering, and I'm sure many of you, how can a second grader just vanish from inside his school?
The Portland School District is working to beef up security. They're requiring ID badges for visitors and volunteers, and automated calls home when a student is absent. But do you know what safety measures your child's school has in place? How do they handle visitors, morning drop-offs, and pickups in the afternoon? Now may be a good time to check out your school's website or give them a call to find out their policies. Also make sure they have updated phone numbers to reach you in case of an emergency.
The search for Kyron is an unsettling reminder of the dangers out there. But this story also provides parents with an opportunity to talk to their kids. Kim Estes, Director of Education and Outreach at Peace of Mind Washington stopped by to share some information on how we can empower our kids to stay safe at school and anywhere else. CLICK HERE to watch our full interview with her.
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