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August 3, 2012

Tips for parents, kids

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Whether you’re a parent or educator, use these resources and tips to prepare for the new school year.

 
Check-Ups and Immunizations

It’s a good idea to take your child in for a physical and eye exam before school starts. If your child will be participating in a sports activity, your family doctor may have to sign a release form to permit your child to participate.

Most schools require your child’s immunization shots are up-to-date. Remember that each state has different immunization requirements. Let your healthcare provider know if you have any questions or concerns about the vaccines your child is scheduled to receive.

School entry may require documentation of immunization records, so be sure to contact your school ahead of time to find out what might be required, and be sure to bring any school forms for your healthcare provider to fill out and sign. Failure to keep immunizations up-to-date could result in your child not being able to attend school. It’s also helpful to keep a copy of the records for yourself and your child’s school.

 
Financial Assistance for Families

There are several programs and resources available to ease the financial burden of going back to school, including low cost lunches and affordable health insurance. Find out if your family qualifies for the National School Lunch Program or subsidized health care.

 
Homework Help

Homework can provide many benefits for children. It can improve memory and comprehension, develop study skills, and teach children how to manage time. You can help by making sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework and provide assistance, but not complete answers. Learn how to help your kids with homework and succeed in school.

 
Shopping for School Supplies

During the month of August, some states offer a “sales tax holiday,” which means that certain products won’t be taxed during a set period of time. This is a great opportunity to save money on back-to-school items including clothes, shoes, and supplies. Check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.

 
Plan Healthy Lunches

As you prepare to send your children back to school, remember that nutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Studies have shown that children who eat healthful, balanced breakfasts and lunches are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than those who have an unhealthy diet. Get tips on packing a healthful lunch.




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