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Health Topics - Tips: Making your student’s school year successful
Posted 9/2/18

Backpack safety:

  • Choose a backpack with wide padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light with heavier items to the center of the back.
  • The backpack should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your student’s weight.
  • Go through the backpack weekly and remove items not needed to keep it light.
  • Use both shoulder straps
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your student’s waist.
  • Use a roller backpack if possible

Eating during the school day:

  • Studies show that students who eat a nutritious breakfast function better.
  • They have more concentration and more energy. Hunger will affect a student’s performance in class.
  • Some schools provide breakfast for the students if not please make sure they are getting some protein.
  • Cafeteria menus are posted on the District Website. with this information you can plan on packing a lunch for your student when the main course is one that you student prefers not to eat.
  • Many students qualify for Free and Reduced priced food at school including breakfast. Applications can be found at the student’s school site, Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Office at the District Office and also the CNS website.

Develop a Sleep Routine:

  • Getting enough sleep is critical for a child to be successful in school. Without the appropriate sleep students will have difficulty concentrating and learning as well as they can.
  • Set a consistent bedtime for your student and stick with it every night. Having a bedtime routine that is consistent will help your student settle down and fall asleep.
  • Have your student turn off all electronic devices well before bedtime.
  • Try to have a calm and quiet home as much as possible is when younger students are trying to fall asleep.
  • Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement as well as higher rates of absenteeism, and tardiness. (The optimal amount of sleep for most younger students is 10-12 hours per night and for adolescents is in the range of 8-10 hours per week)

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits:

  • At a young age create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Students need a consistent workspace in their bedroom or in another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework, balancing this time with participation in after school activities.
  • Establish a rule that TV and other electronic distractions remain off during homework time.