As a professional skateboarder, I’m often asked if skateboards are allowed in school. The answer, unfortunately, is no. Skateboarding is considered a form of transportation, and most schools don’t allow any type of transportation beyond walking or biking. While this may seem like a bummer, there are plenty of ways to sneak in a few skate sessions during the day. Here are my top tips for skating in school.
How to Tell if Your Child is Ready to Skateboard to School Alone
The decision of whether or not to allow your child to skateboard to school unsupervised is a personal one. You know your child best, so you’ll be the best judge of whether they are ready for this level of responsibility.
That said, there are some general guidelines you can use to help you make your decision. Here are a few things to consider:
Is your child old enough?
The age at which a child is ready to skateboard to school unsupervised will vary from family to family. Some parents may feel comfortable with their 8-year-old child skateboarding to school, while others may not feel comfortable until their child is a bit older.
Is your child experienced enough?
In addition to age, you’ll also want to consider your child’s level of experience. Has your child been skating for a while and is confident on their board? Or are they relatively new to skateboarding?
If your child is relatively new to skateboarding, you may want to wait until they’ve had more time to practice and build up their confidence before allowing them to skateboard to school unsupervised.
Is your child responsible enough?
Another important factor to consider is whether or not your child is responsible enough to skateboard to school unsupervised. This is where you’ll have to use your best judgment.
Do you feel like your child can be trusted to follow the rules of the road and skate safely? Or do you think they might take unnecessary risks? If you have any doubts about your child’s ability to skate safely, it’s probably best to wait until they’re a bit older or more experienced before allowing them to skateboard to school unsupervised.
Is the route safe?
Another important factor to consider is the safety of the route your child will be taking. Is the route well-lit and free of traffic? Or is it dark and full of cars?
If the route is safe, you’ll be more likely to feel comfortable allowing your child to skateboard to school unsupervised. But if the route is unsafe, it’s probably best to wait until your child is older or more experienced before allowing them to skateboard to school unsupervised.
Is your child prepared?
Finally, you’ll want to make sure your child is prepared before allowing them to skateboard to school unsupervised. This means outfitting them with the proper safety gear, such as a helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads.
You’ll also want to make sure they know the rules of the road and are aware of potential hazards. If your child is prepared, you’ll be more likely to feel comfortable allowing them to skateboard to school unsupervised.
Making The Decision
At the end of the day, whether or not to allow your child to skateboard to school unsupervised is a personal decision. You know your child best, so you’ll be the best judge of whether or not they are ready for this level of responsibility.
If you have any doubts about your child’s ability to skate safely, it’s probably best to wait until they’re a bit older or more experienced. But if you feel like your child is ready, go ahead and give them the green light! Just make sure they’re prepared with the proper safety gear and are aware of the rules of the road.
Safety Tips For Kids If They Go To School On A Skateboard
Here are some safety tips for your child.
1. Wear a Helmet
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating. Your child should always wear a helmet when skateboarding, no matter how short or familiar the route may be. Helmets can protect against serious head injuries in the event of a fall, so make sure your children is properly fitted and in good condition before they head out.
2. Wear Protective Gear
In addition to a helmet, your child should also consider wearing other protective gear such as elbow and knee pads. This will help reduce the risk of injuries if they happen to fall while skateboarding.
3. Obey The Rules Of The Road
Just like when they’re walking or riding a bike, your child should obey all traffic laws when skateboarding. This means skateboarding in the same direction as traffic, stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and using crosswalks when crossing the street.
4. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Skateboards are small and can be easily missed by drivers, so it’s important that your child is always aware of their surroundings. They should be on the lookout for cars, especially when skateboarding near busy roads or in parking lots.
5. Be Visible
Wearing bright clothing and reflective gear will help make your child more visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions. If your child will be skateboarding in the dark, consider investing in some reflective tape or lights for their skateboard or backpack.
By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable experience skateboarding to school.
Advantages of skateboarding to school
- Can bring board inside.
- Cool factor.
- Safer than biking.
Where To Put Your Skateboard At School?
Many schools have rules about where skateboards can be stored during the day. Some schools may have a designated area for skateboards, while others may not allow them on school grounds at all. Before your child heads off to school on their skateboard, make sure you know the rules and regulations about skateboard storage so they don’t get into trouble.
If your child’s school doesn’t have a specific place for skateboards, they can usually be stored in lockers or cubbies. Just make sure the skateboard is properly secured so it doesn’t fall out and cause an accident.
Another option is to invest in a good quality skateboard backpack that your child can use to carry their board with them. This way, they won’t have to worry about finding a place to store it during the day and they can just strap it onto their back when they’re ready to head home.
With a little preparation and forethought, you can rest assured that your child will be able to safely and responsibly skateboard to school on their own.
Assess your child’s personal level of responsibility. When traveling alone, they should have a healthy respect for and skepticism towards unknown people or situations–you may want use these questions as guidelines:
- Do they know their full name, address, and phone number?
- Do they know how to use a payphone?
- Do they have money for an emergency call or bus fare home?
- Do they know their parent’s work numbers and how to reach them in an emergency?
- Are they old enough and mature enough not to talk to strangers?
- Do they know not to accept rides or gifts from strangers?
- Do they know not to go into a stranger’s house or yard?
- Can they identify “trick words” or phrases that predators might use to lure children?
- Do they know what to do if someone tries to grab them?
- Do they know not to go off with a group of kids without telling you first?
- Are they comfortable saying “no” and walking away from peers who are pressuring them to do something they don’t want to do?
- Can they identify at least two trusted adults they can go to for help if they’re in a scary or uncomfortable situation?
If your child can answer “yes” to all of the above questions, they are likely ready to handle the responsibility of skateboarding to school unsupervised. If not, it’s probably best to wait a bit longer or help them build up their skills and knowledge so they can confidently and safely travel to and from school on their own.