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Police issue statement to parents

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Los Alamos Police Department issued a statement this afternoon in response to some local children being reported missing earlier this week.
According to the statement, the LAPD is encouraging parents to ensure their children’s safety in between school and home.
“LAPD recommends that if their children are using the Atomic City Buses for school transportation, that the parents ride with their children on the bus for a couple of days to ensure the kids know where to get on and off the buses at and which buses to transfer to,” the statement read. “This is very important for new time riders to the Atomic City Bus system, as the routes can be confusing for young children.”
LAPD is asking parents to remind children about basic bus and traffic safety, such as crossing the street and being aware of their surroundings.
It is also recommended by police “that parents convey to their children that if their child does not feel comfortable ridding the bus, to stay at school and wait for their ride to come pick them up.
“Parents, we recommend you teach your children your names, so when asked by public safety officials who their parents are, the response is not mom and dad,” LAPD said. “Putting a list of names and phones numbers in a child’s backpack is another way to expedite the process of reuniting a lost child with their parents. Also, it would be a good idea to teach your children that if they are lost or do not know where to go, to go back to their respective school and find a teacher or principal.”