So I made a couple of calls and did some research that will hopefully make it safer when that bus door opens for the first time of the 2008-09 school year on an August afternoon.
What police recommend
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Paco Balderrama's first suggestion is to not leave the children alone.
"Try to arrange some type of day care with a trustworthy adult,” he said.
If that's not possible then arrange with a trustworthy adult, such as a neighbor, to check on the children either by coming by the house or calling.
Also, it's a good idea to make other preparations.
Make a list of emergency numbers and post it somewhere such as a refrigerator. Phone numbers should include 911, the numbers of neighbors and mom and dad's numbers.
Balderrama also suggests giving the children another list, a "don't do” list.
"Under no circumstances will you let a stranger in the house,” he said. "Under no circumstances will you give any personal information over the phone. Have them stay away from the stove. Have them make cold sandwiches and Kool-Aid.”
Plus, the child should remain in the house until the parents arrive home and they should stay off the Internet.
"You don't want them to let someone know they are home by themselves,” he said. "It may be a predator living nearby.”