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Staying Safe on Wheels

Every year about 600,000 children under the age of 15 are rushed to hospital emergency rooms with injuries from bicycle, scooter, skateboard and skating crashes — many of them with head injuries that can cause brain damage and life-long disabilities and in some cases death. But these injuries are largely preventable if your child wears a helmet, which can reduce the risk by 85 percent, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

To help parents and families to comply with California State Law, which requires all youth under the age of 18 to wear helmets when they ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or use skates and with district policy, Santa Clara Unified will provide any student with a helmet with proof of a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates. Please contact your school’s front office for more information. 

Briarwood Elementary School students got a special treat on October 21 when the San Jose Sharks mascot, Sharkie, joined them on their walk to school in support of the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) initiative.

Sharkie took the lead rolling cautiously on his hoverboard and being mindful of traffic as they crossed the roads. With the expert help of the school’s police liaison, Officer Taylor Carpenter, Sharkie guided students all the way to school. The walking school bus arrived just in time for the assembly to celebrate International Walk to School Month and to educate students on traffic safety and the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation. 

Upon arrival at the school for the weekly Move it Monday walking event, everyone got to enjoy fresh smoothies made using student pedal power on the “Eat Healthy” blender bike. 

In addition to the excitement of having a celebrity on campus, students also got to congratulate their Safety Patrol peers during the Safety Patrol Induction Ceremony led by Assistant Police Chief Dan Winters. The Safety Patrol team received pins to commemorate their hard work to keep our schools safe during drop off and pick up times. In addition, Santa Clara City Mayor Lisa Gillmor spoke at the assembly encouraging students to walk, bike, and scoot to school.

Many other schools throughout the district also participated in walking and rolling to school in October in support of student safety awareness.

Check out our video below and photos from the Briarwood event on Flickr.