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School Age Kids in Summer

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School children will be free for the summer soon.

For working parents, that means decisions have to be made.

Are your kids ready to at home alone, and are they safe being home alone?

Carla Burbidge reports.

As a result, an increased number of parents are questioning whether it is best to leave school age kids in the house alone. In fact, at Good Shepherd Day Care they've been getting more calls about summer openings. Currently, Good Shepherd operates three sites. They have decided to add a new site this summer, the First Presbyterian Church, just for school age kids.

Rose Rector, Center Director, "a lot of parents are not comfortable leaving their kids, we are trying to meet the needs by adding another site for the Minot Community"

In North Dakota, there is no state law that states when a child can be left alone. But there are recommendations'. By 9, a child can be left an hour or two during day hours, by 12, they can be alone during day hours, and even as teenagers, they should not be alone overnight or for a weekend. Before leaving any child on their own, make sure have discussed what you expect of them.

Rose Rector "Minot is not the safest place, do they know what to do, stay away from the door etc"

Holly Arnold, Parent Educator, NDSU Extension" who are your neighbors, can they use the phone, what about the stove"

A parent has to consider every option, and make sure the child knows, that you make the final choices.

Holly Arnold, "even if the child is alone, the parent is the supervisor"

So as kids anxiously await that final school bell, parents need to consider the maturity level of their child, and what is best. In Minot, Carla Burbidge KX News.

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