The Massachusetts state blog shared some great back-to-school safety tips for families this month, helping readers get ready for a new school year:
1. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast at home each morning so they have the energy they need to stay focused throughout the school day. There's a reason breakfast is the "most important meal of the day," so get creative and find foods your child will love to eat each morning.
2. Talk with your child about the "do"s and "don't"s of playground safety before the first day. Bring your child to a public playground before school starts to practice putting those rules into action.
3. Bring your child to a pediatrician for any required immunization shots or annual physicals to ensure they stay healthy and active throughout the school year. Any student planning on playing a competitive sport at BISB is required to have a recent physical.
4. Get yourself familiar with school safety resources availble from the state. The Massachusetts Department of Education has many resources on their website that can help families answer questions throughout the year. Our school also has its own Health and Safety Committee, dedicated to writing, maintaining and improving the school's safety and security procedures.
5. Ensure your child gets good nutrition at school by packing healthy snacks and lunches each day. If your child receives hot lunch in the school cafeteria, talk with them about how to make healthy choices. Our cafeteria boasts a wide variety of lean meats, whole grains and fresh vegetables daily, available as part of hot entrees as well as a salad and deli bar.
6. Talk with your child in advance about bus safety. Review our school's bus safety and behavior contract (shared on the Parent Portal) and make sure your child understands the rules before stepping onto the bus on the first day.
7. Review school safety procedures and ensure you know who to call if your child is sick. We have a full time nurse on campus each day, who can help administer daily prescriptions for your children, prepare to deal with any allergies they may have and care for your child when they become sick at school.
We hope these tips will help our families prepare for the first day of school. We look forward to seeing your children on Tuesday, September 2!