A Back-to-School Guide: For Parents & Caregivers

 

There are circumstances where going back to school can be daunting. Whether your child is taking some sick days off, coming back from break, or getting settled after the holidays.
Being nervous, stressed, and panicked is normal. Take a deep breath and read this blog post to get ahead of all that. Here are some of our best tips for back-to-school, no matter where you’re “back” from.

Preparing your child for school

Have a routine – Make sure your child has a daily, predictable routine, with regular times for healthy meals, naps, and night sleep at home. The holiday season could have thrown this off, so be purposeful in regaining structure back into your child’s life.

Stay calm – Try to stay calm and reassuring during transition—using a calm voice, with a relaxed face and body to let their child know that they wouldn’t leave them if the child were not safe and protected.

Saying goodbye – Talk with teachers about the best way to separate from their child at the start of the day—brief goodbyes are often best.

How to get involved at the school

Parent engagement is a key component of making schools a healthy and supportive place. It is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Ask the school to provide educational opportunities for parents.
  • Talk with your children about health-related behaviors.
  • Set goals with your child’s school or teacher for building strong, positive relationships with peers!
  • Involved with the PTA can get you notified about the inner workings of the school.
  • If needed, set up a meeting with your teachers privately for a personal approach for your children both at school and at home.
  • Make sure you’re reading emails and texts sent by the school to stay updated.

How to keep children safe and healthy

The CDC recommends the following tips to keep children at peak health throughout the year:

  1. Keep children home and separate when sick
  2. Teach your children how to cover up sneezes and coughs
  3. Teach your children how to wash their hands properly
  4. Clean high-touch surfaces frequently
  5. Be prepared and informed

We hope these tips help you stay calm during a hectic back to school season. Most of all, enjoy your children’s growth and feel excited as they enter yet another chapter in their life.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control Healthy Schools, Centers for Disease Control