Tips for heading back to school

August 25, 2011 2:00:32 PM PDT
As students return to school for another year, parents should take a few minutes to go put together a checklist to make sure children stay safe and healthy. Most of the tips are pretty simple.

Make sure your child's medical records are updated and available to the school, along with your full contact information. This should include information on any medication your child is taking, along with any allergies or special needs, and whether the school can administer certain drugs to your child.

If your child does have allergies, make sure you and the school have an action plan to treat your child as quickly as possible, should they have a reaction.

Do a dry run with younger children on their route to school, looking for potential hazards. If your child walks to school, make sure he or she knows how to cross a street, knows not to talk to strangers, and what to do if they are approached by someone they don't know.

If your child takes the bus, make sure he or she has a consistent pick up and drop off point that can clearly be seen by adults.

Develop a family emergency plan in case something happens. Make sure you child has all necessary contact information and knows how to use 911.

All good tips to keep students safe throughout the school year.