Parents get caught up with their child’s back-to-school checklist, and sometimes they forget they should go through their own checklist. Parents make sure of the following during the beginning of the school year:
Many schools require to yearly physicals from your pediatrician, but regardless it’s important to make sure your child has all of their immunizations and make sure they are growing and developing well.
Your child’s school knows about their unique needs
Whether it is medication or allergies, make sure your school administration and teacher knows about these needs. This could also mean double checking to make sure the school has back-up medication for your child.
Your child’s teacher and school has up-to-date contact information
You never want to assume the school has your phone number, address, email or back-up contacts. This is especially true if you’ve recently moved, changed names or phones. It’s always safe to double check with your child’s teacher to make sure they have all of this information. You should also make sure you have the teacher and school’s updated contact information.
Learn about your child’s school emergency response plans
Not only is it good to know what the school’s plan is during an emergency for peace of mind, but it’s important to understand where you fit into it. You may need to know parental access and contact information during emergencies, meet-up locations and reunification plans. It’s always good to review these details with your child.
If you have questions about things you should do during this back-to-school season, call Elmwood Pediatric Group at (585) 244-9720