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Back to School

There’s a lot more to making sure your child starts school on the right foot than just buying the latest backpack. Give your child a good physical and emotional start to their school year by following these tips:

  • Make sure your child's immunizations are up to date.
  • Have your child's vision screened and hearing tested before school starts.
  • Check your child's head for signs of lice. Head lice needs to be treated with over-the-counter remedies.
  • Make sure the school and your child know how to reach you or another caregiver at all times.
  • Tell the school nurse and teacher if your child receives medication on a regular basis. They’ll be administering the medicine during the day.
  • Encourage your child to eat breakfast. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast are more alert in class. Also, make sure your child eats a balanced, nutritious lunch and snacks.
  • Pay attention to your child's anxiety. It’s normal for children to be anxious about the new school year, but if after a few weeks your child is still anxious and apprehensive, bring this to the attention of the teacher.
  • Speak to the teacher if you suspect your child is having difficulty with school. Share your concern as soon as possible and develop those relationships early.

Just as your child may be overwhelmed by school the first couple of days, teachers can be as well. When you help the teacher understand your child’s specific needs, you set them both up for a great school year.

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