Teaching Your Child After-School Safety

MomNDaughterSchool.jpgAs your child gets ready to head back to school, you’ve likely met their teacher, bought all new school supplies and even stocked the fridge with plenty of after-school snacks. However, it’s imperative you walk through potential after-school safety issues as well. Whether your child walks home from school, stays late for after-school activities or takes the bus home immediately following classes, there are precautions you and your child should always take.

Pick-ups

Most of the time, after-school pick-ups are the safest route to go. However, it’s important that you let the school know if someone is picking your child up other than you. When picking up your child, determine a specific time and meeting place. If he or she isn’t at the pre-decided spot at the right time, you may know something isn’t right.

Walking

If your child is planning to walk home from school, it’s important you know the exact route he or she takes each day. If your child is younger, walk the route with them the first couple of trips to ensure they don’t get lost.  You can also help other children by driving slowly when in school zones or other routine paths that children take.

Stay at Home

If your child is going to stay at home alone after school, make sure they have a key to the house. They should know to always lock all doors and windows as soon as they get home and to not open them to anyone. Emergency contact information should be easily accessible as well.

Strangers

No matter if your child is being picked up after school or walking home, it’s smart to review potential stranger dangers with them. Teach your child to always make loud noises when being approached by a stranger that makes them feel uncomfortable. Also make sure your child knows where to run for help if needed.

For more safety tips, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog. Medical City Children’s Urgent Care is a kid-friendly medical facility dedicated to providing children the best possible care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

 

What To Know About Sending Your Child Back To School

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When summer winds down, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. While children are likely still in summer mode, it’s important to slowly ease them back into the routine they’ll have during the upcoming months. Most parents aren’t sure what to expect in the weeks leading up to the new school year, but there are a few things to know to help prepare your children for the upcoming year.

Implement a new schedule: Getting your child back into the mindset is half the battle of transitioning from summer to school year. Start by inching up their bedtime 30 minutes a night until they’ve reached their school year bedtime. Try winding down early with a book instead of electronics as well so they’ll get used to reading their homework in the evenings.

Introduce yourself to the teachers: Take advantage of any opportunity your child’s school offers for a meet-and-greet with the teachers. If possible, allow your child to attend as well so they’ll feel comfortable with their new teachers before the year begins. Ask questions such regarding homework, assignment policies, test expectations, etc.

Come up with a plan: Take time to sit down as a family and discuss after-school pickup plans so your child knows exactly what to expect. Figure out how many days a week your child will buy his or her lunch and when you will make it. Also, set a sick day policy so there is an understanding that sick days are taken seriously.

Knock out the back-to-school physical: Most school symptoms require physicals as a prerequisite for certain activities. While physicals vary depending on the school, most local doctor offices will have information on what is required from your child’s school.

If you have a child returning to school, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care for their back-to-school physical. With medical centers that are focused toward children and open at convenient hours, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care makes it easy to get a school physical at your convenience.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.