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Safety Town takes place at Westview Elementary School located at 155 Moore Rd. This safety education program is offered to Avon Lake residents entering kindergarten as well as those entering first grade that missed Safety Town last year. One important goal is that each child will be able to state their full name, address and phone number. Participants will receive instruction on how to protect themselves from strangers, and meet the people who provide safety services to our city. They will ride on an actual school bus, and receive instruction on school bus safety.

A staff consisting of a certified teacher, one adult and several youth volunteers from our community will be present daily to help the children learn about important safety issues. Each day the children will spend part of their day outdoors learning how to stay safe in a miniature town that includes crosswalks, traffic signals, and sidewalks. They will ride around their town on kit cars with supervision from our staff.  Playground safety is also practiced on the playground equipment.
 
Monday, June 14 – Friday, June 18          
8:30-10:30 AM
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
6:00-8:00 PM    
        
Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25          
8:30-10:30 AM
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
6:00-8:00 PM    
            
Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1 (4 days)         
8:30-10:30 AM
11:30 AM-1:30 PM 
2:30-4:30 PM

Tuesday, July 6 - Friday, July 9 (4 days)               
8:30-10:30 AM (Adaptive)
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
2:30-4:30 PM  

Registration begins Monday, March 8th at 9am
Non-resident registration begins Friday, April 2nd at 9am
Registration closes Sunday, May 2nd at 11:59pm

Online Parent-led Class registration will begin once in-person classes are full or the last week of in-person classes the week of July 6 - 9.


We cannot allow late registration due to program preparation time so please be sure to register on time. 
Registration Resident Fee: $50.00 per child per class. 

Registration Non-Resident Fee: $60.00 per child per class. 

Classes are restricted to a maximum of 24 participants (12 for adaptive program). The strict class size limitations have been set in order to safely and efficiently run Safety Town so that each child benefits from the training. Each safety town session runs for 4-5 days, two hours per day. Questions, call 440-930-4130.

Is Safety Town a mandatory program for children entering Kindergarten?
No, Safety Town is not a mandatory program for children entering Kindergarten in the fall as well as those entering first grade that missed Safety Town last year.  This program is designed to help teach critical safety skills to children but is not mandatory.
 
What age is the Safety Town Program designed for?
The Safety Town Program is designed for children entering Kindergarten or first grade in the upcoming fall.  Children not enrolled in Kindergarten or first grade are not permitted to register.  This includes children in pre-school and grades higher than Kindergarten or first grade.
 
What options do I have for my child with special needs?
Your child is welcome in any of our inclusive classes.  However, if you would like a smaller group with more intensive support, we have one adaptive class exclusively for children with special needs that can accommodate 12 students.

 
What pre-cautions will you be taking in regards to Covid-19?
The Avon Lake Parks and Recreation Department follows the guidelines provided by the Lorain County Board of Health.  Currently children and staff will be required to wear masks while attending Safety Town.  Class sizes are limited to 24 and social distancing will be in place.  The portions of class that are indoor are held in a gymnasium where we have plenty of room to social distance.  Temperatures will be taken as children arrive each day.  Areas will be sanitized after each session.  Please note that the guidelines are ever-changing and we receive updates from the board of health on a daily basis and will keep you informed of changes.
 
What if I am not comfortable with my child attending in person class due to Covid-19?
New this year, we will be offering an online course for Safety Town.  This class will be a separate program and registration.  This parent-led class will be offered after our normal Safety Town program is over the week of July 12 – 16.  After registering, you will be given a link to access the classroom through Google Classrooms.
 
Is there a lower cost to attend the 4 day week versus the 5 day week?
These four day weeks were created to accommodate additional students while working around the 4th of July holiday and the city’s July 2nd fireworks celebration.  The 4 day weeks will still cover all of the same material in a more focused time frame.  Therefore there is no cost adjustment for the 4 day classes.
 
Do parents stay with the child at Safety Town?
Parents are asked to drop children off and to return at the end of the 2 hour daily session.  Parents are encouraged not to be in the classroom or in the Safety Town outdoor classroom.  There are benches outside the outdoor classroom and we prefer parents sit here so to not interrupt the instruction.
 
Is there a graduation ceremony?
There is no formal graduation ceremony for the Safety Town program.  However, your child will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
 
Do the participants need to bring anything to the program?
Masks will be required for all participants, instructors and volunteers.  We do suggest students bring their own water bottles to class as drinking fountains will probably not be available.  The participants should bring a positive attitude and they should wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. 
 
How many children are in a Safety Town Class?
There are a maximum of 24 children per regular Safety Town Class, 12 in the adaptive class.  The maximum number is to ensure a safely and efficiently run class as well as the best teacher to student ratio.
 
What is the teacher to student ratio?
The teacher/aide to student ratio is 1:5, 1:3 for the adaptive class.  There is one teacher, one aide, and up to six student helpers per Safety Town Class.
 
What is the drop-off/pick-up process?
Due to social distancing, we are asking parents to remain in their vehicles during drop off and pick up.  Drop off will be at the front of Westview in their circle drive near the flagpole at the main entrance.  An instructor will greet you and take your child’s temperature while still in your vehicle.  If the temperature is below 100 degrees, our teacher’s aide will escort your child into the school to begin their day.  A hang-tag will be distributed at drop off the first day of class with your assigned number.  One additional hang-tag may be requested for an additional authorized caretaker.  Parents and/or caretakers are expected to drop each child off a maximum of five minutes before the class and they are expected to pick-up their child at the designated end time.  Child pick up will be at the back of the parking lot behind the building near the playground.  Only individuals listed at the time of registration will be permitted to pick up the child.  A photo ID must be presented upon pick-up each day. If additional people (not listed during registration) are required to pick up the child this must be put in writing ASAP and given to the program coordinator or lead teacher.
 
What happens if my child gets sick or injured in the program?
Children that get sick or injured during the program are isolated and contact is made with the parent or guardian.  We may ask that your child leave for the day to avoid spreading of communicable diseases.  In the event of a serious illness or injury emergency services will be called to respond.  It is imperative that we have the parents contact information to keep you informed of the situation regarding your child.
 
I live in another city.  Can my child participate in the Avon Lake Safety Town program?
The Avon Lake Safety Town program is a popular program and we often fill each class. Non-residents are permitted to register starting Friday, April 2nd at 9am. Our goal is to accommodate all Avon Lake residents prior to non-residents.
 
My husband and I work all day and are unable to get our child to the daytime classes.  Are there evening classes available for Safety Town?
Yes, there are evening classes available for Safety Town.  Please check the class schedule for more information.
 
How are the participants evaluated so we can continue to work on my child’s safety skills?
At the end of the Safety Town class each child is evaluated on several criterions.  This document is located on our website and it is called the End of Program Checklist.  You will be provided with a copy of completed evaluation at the end of the program and are encouraged to continue working on your child’s safety skills.
 
Do the children receive a snack during the Safety Town class?
No, we do not provide snacks during the Safety Town program and we prefer that children do not bring their own snacks to the class.  We do suggest students bring their own water bottles to class as drinking fountains will probably not be available.  We will not have a Lost and Found and cannot be responsible for lost items.

Additional Forms and Files:
Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 14 - 18, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/14/2021 - 06/18/2021
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 14 - 18, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/14/2021 - 06/18/2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 14 - 18, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/14/2021 - 06/18/2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 21 - 25, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/21/2021 - 06/25/2021
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 21 - 25, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/21/2021 - 06/25/2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 21 - 25, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWThF  06/21/2021 - 06/25/2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 28 - July 1, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWTh  06/28/2021 - 07/01/2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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June 28 - July 1, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  MTuWTh  06/28/2021 - 07/01/2021
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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Adaptive Class: July 6 - 9, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  TuWThF  07/06/2021 - 07/09/2021
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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July 6 - 9, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  TuWThF  07/06/2021 - 07/09/2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
 
  Registration Unavailable
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July 6 - 9, 2021 
N/A  1 and under  TuWThF  07/06/2021 - 07/09/2021
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Westview Elementary
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
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