Part of a school nurse’s job is to make sure your child stays healthy. But germs aren’t just spread at school so learning healthy habits keeps us all a little safer. Especially during this upcoming flu season, it’s vital to start healthy habits beginning with everyday preventative actions. Help us teach your child to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into his or her elbow or shoulder if a tissue isn’t available. And of course, make sure your child washes their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water…..especially after a cough or sneeze.
Keeping alcohol based cleaners and sanitizers handy is a good idea and teach your child how germs are spread. Tell them to keep their dirty hands away from their mouth, eyes, and nose and keep your child away from other people who are sick. And parents, remember…if your child is sick, keep them at home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone. Good communication can help your child and other children stay healthy.
Practical Parenting is a service from the Iowa State Education Association, reminding you that success in the classroom starts at home.
School bus drivers work hard every day to help keep your child safe, riding to and from school. Communicating about the safety risks and best practices for reducing those helps keep all kids safe. Make sure your child knows their home telephone number and address, as well as how to use 911. And even if they’re riding the bus, you should always have a backup plan. Have a safe walking route you’ve tested with your kids. Choose a direct route, with the fewest street crossings and use intersections with crossing guards.
Encourage them to walk with a friend and be sure to tell them to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where people aren’t around. And, as always…remind them to never accept rides, gifts or even talk to a stranger. Together, we can help your child stay safe.
Practical Parenting is a service from the Iowa State Education Association… reminding you that success in the classroom starts at home.