Did you know that August is National Back-to-School Month?

As summer comes to an end and children head back to school for another year, we know that preparing for the year ahead can be stressful. There are many factors to consider and plan for, and your child’s safety is one of them. To help keep your children safe and protected this upcoming school year, let us share with you a few back-to-school safety tips.

First, if your child has specific needs, whether physical, emotional, or dietary, it is important to discuss those needs with your child’s teacher and the school administration on the first day of school. To help ensure your child receives adequate care while at school, consider sharing what works and, importantly, what does not work at home. This includes any routines, protocols, or comfort measures that can help your child have a safe and comfortable school year.

Next, we encourage you to confirm that your child’s school has updated contact information for you, including the information for anyone who may inquire about your child or pick him or her up from school. Schools will not release a child nor share information about a child with anyone who does not have express authorization.

Taking a few moments at the beginning of the school year to make sure this important information is up-to-date can help ensure your child’s safety and your convenience as your child heads back-to-school.

Finally, do not be hesitant to reach out to your child’s teacher to monitor your child’s progress throughout the year. Your child’s teacher plays an important role in your child’s life and, frequently, may notice changes in behavior or new challenges your child is experiencing. Maintaining frequent, open conversation with your child’s teacher can help you both stay on top of your child’s changing needs, and can help you celebrate your child’s accomplishments, too!

Do you have questions? We are your local community law firm here to help you. Do not wait to contact us at any time, day or night. Further, if your child has specific needs that you suspect are not being met at his or her school, do not hesitate to schedule a free case evaluation.