Back to School Checklist: Preparing for a Happy, Healthy School Year

by Scott & White Staff on July 29, 2014

in Community Information

schoolIt’s never too soon to begin preparing for the next school year. Here are some handy tips to help make the upcoming academic year a successful one:

  • School or sports physical. Don’t wait until the end of the summer to make an appointment.
  • Immunizations. Check with your school to confirm what vaccines are required. Schedule an appointment.
  • Hearing and vision screening.
  • Dental appointment. Has your child had his/her teeth cleaned in the last 12 months?
  • Inform your child’s teacher about any special health care needs, including food allergies/sensitivities and any medical restrictions on activity.
  • Prescription medications for school. The school may require a form be signed and a separate bottle of medication be left at school. Confirm and make arrangements in advance of the first day of school.
  • Sleep schedule. It’s never too soon to get your child’s sleep schedule adjusted to school hours. Getting them used to getting up at school time well in advance of when school actually starts makes for a better morning for everyone.
  • Screen time. How much time does your child spend looking at a screen of any kind (TV, computer, tablet, smartphone) during the day? Elementary school children should be limited to not more than one or two hours per day.
  • Summertime physical activity. 60 minutes or more of active play a day is a good goal.
  • Reading. Encourage your child to read for fun. Get him/her a library card and visit often.
  • Backpack weight. How heavy is your child’s backpack? Make sure he/she actually needs everything in it. Ensure the straps are adjusted so that the backpack is supported and comfortable.
  • Riding to school. If your child will be riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard to school, make sure they wear a properly-sized helmet, and elbow/knee pads when necessary. Be sure they know the rules of the road and only cross where crossing guards are present.
  • Stranger danger. Review with your child what to do if approached by a stranger.
  • In case of emergency. Find out if the school has an emergency plan, and make sure your child understands how it will be communicated to students in the event of an emergency.
  • Eat breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, and fuels the brain as well as the body.

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