Back To School
For families with school-age children, the beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and stressful time. To help reduce stress, try taking the following steps before the first day of school.
Take care of doctor, dentist and eye appointments. Children should also receive their immunization shots before they begin kindergarten. Among the vaccinations that children should have are: Tetanus, Hepatitis and Polio. Children should also have a Tuberculosis test. Consult a doctor to find out what immunizations your child should receive.
Buy the necessary school supplies in the summer. Remember to use caution when purchasing school supplies. For younger children, safety scissors and paste would be appropriate. The child’s teacher should be able to provide a list of supplies that will be needed.
Take time to review safety rules. If the school is within walking distance, plan to use a family code word when family acquaintances are picking up children. Make sure children know their address and phone number and how to dial 911. Children who are home alone should know what to say on the phone; they should also know a neighbor’s phone number should they need help.
The emergency departments of the Health Alliance want children to have a safe and fun school year. By taking time to plan before the school year begins, parents and children can do their best to ensure that the year is a success.
If you have questions on how to have a safe and relaxing vacation this summer, the Health Alliance can provide answers.
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