Boy reports being pursued by stranger in Rotterdam

"In both instances, we have been in contact with the school and the transportation division," said Brown. "The bus drivers are aware and on the lookout. We're also stepping up patrols in the neighborhood."

Both students attend Mohonasen Central schools, which has a comprehensive safety program in place for all grade levels, as well as a list of child safety tips on the district's Web site.

"Everyone is working together in the building to go over these tips," said Jeff Jackson, head of security for the district.

Jackson said that the topic of safety is one that should involve the whole family.

"We encourage parents to sit down and talk to their kids and make sure they do understand [safety]," said Jackson.

He said that the school is reminding parents that they need to have a strong involvement with teaching their children about safety.

Following the most recent incident, district officials asked the bus drivers to be even more vigilant if they notice something unusual when they're dropping students off.

"They're more aware than ever," said Jackson.

Parents are also trying to organize their schedules so that there is at least one adult at every bus stop to meet the children.

"All these tips that we've put out are there for the parents, so if they want to sit down with their family and go over these, we highly recommend it," said Jackson.

For information or tips on how you can keep your family safe, visit your school district's Web site.

"I think that when this kind of stuff happens -- whether it happens in our community or another community, it raises their alertness in terms of education and that kind of stuff," said Brown.


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