Back to School Tips
- Choose a wide backpack with padded shoulders and don’t overload! Usually, no more than 10 to 20% of your child’s weight should be the max.
TRAVELING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
- BUS – Remind your child to follow all the safety rules about boarding and unboarding the bus. If your child has a medical condition, make sure the bus personnel know.
- BIKE – If they’re riding their bike to school make sure they wear their helmet and wear bright clothing or reflective gear to be visible by motorists.
- WALKING – Make sure their route is safe and preferably with other children or adults.
- Never underestimate the value of a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school.
HOMEWORK AND STUDY
- Create a distraction-free study space with adequate lighting.
- Most educators recommend homework to be handled shortly after arriving home to avoid distractions and the need for late evening study.
- Don’t forget that many schools offer tutoring if your student needs extra help.
PERSONAL (EMERGENCY) KIT
- Most of the time, everything goes as planned. But, it never hurts to have a little personal emergency pack tucked down in their backpack in case they need it. Chap Stick, a Band-Aid or two, hand sanitizer, tissues, a food bar, etc. Whatever you think they might want and what is allowable by the school.
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