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Social Stories on Parking Lot Safety

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning how to be safe in the parking lot is an important survival skill. This lesson helps you walk your students through all they need to know in order to ensure they understand parking lot safety.

Safe Behavior, Safe Students

As a teacher, one of your most important tasks is to help your students learn what they need to know in order to keep themselves and others safe. This means teaching them safety rules and walking them through scenarios when their safety becomes especially complex. One such situation is a parking lot; with so many moving cars, confusion about where to walk, and potential to get disoriented, these can be treacherous and overwhelming places for students.

The social stories in this lesson provide clear and explicit frameworks, language, and strategies for how to keep safe in a parking lot. Told from the perspective of students much like yours, they're designed to engage students' thinking and provide phrases that will be easy for your students to recall and enact in times of need.

School Parking Lot Safety

Every day in the morning, my mom brings me to school. At the end of the day, she picks me up. When she brings me, she parks the car in the school parking lot, and then she walks me to the door. At the end of the day, she meets me at the door and we walk back to the car together.

Even though my mom and I are usually together in the parking lot, it's an extra important time and place for me to remember to stay safe. Staying safe in the school parking lot means holding my mom's hand. If I see a friend I want to talk to, I can wave, but I should not leave my mom's side. That is because there are lots of cars and buses in the parking lot, and they are not expecting me to make sudden moves!

Sometimes when we are in the parking lot, my mom stops to talk to a friend. I know that it's my job to stay beside her and wait for her to finish. If I can, I try to stay on the side that is closest to a parked car. I should not stand on the side that is near the cars that are going in and out of the lot.

There are crossing guards in the parking lot at my school to help direct traffic. I follow their directions and listen closely to what they say because they are also there to keep me safe. In my school parking lot, the best way to stay safe is to stay close to adults and follow their instructions.

Public Parking Lot Safety

When I go places with my family, we sometimes park our car in parking lots. We park in parking lots at the grocery store, at movie theaters, and even at the park. Parking lots are good places for us to keep our car while we are busy doing something else.

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