Prepare Now For a Safe School Year

September 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

An estimated 55 million students nationwide from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are heading back into the classroom this fall. The American College of Emergency Physicians offers the following tips to get every student to school safely, and help them remain safe and healthy throughout the year:

  • Organize your child’s medical history records and emergency medical contact information. Provide a copy of this information to your child’s school or daycare provider with instructions to take it with them to the emergency department if your child is sick or injured. The form should include information related to prescription medications, medical problems, or previous surgeries as well as pertinent family history and emergency contacts.
  • Fill out consent-to-treat forms and give one to the school or your daycare provider to keep in your child’s record and to take with them if your child goes to the emergency department. The form will allow caregivers to authorize treatment in an emergency situation.
  • Schedule medical and dental check-ups before school starts. Some children may need immunizations.
  • Review and do a dry run of your child’s route to school, explaining potential hazards along the way. This is a good time to discuss safety rules and what to be on the lookout for with your child.
  • If your child takes the school bus, establish a safe, visible pick up/drop off spot, preferably with a group of additional children and in an area where they can be clearly watched by adults.
  • If your child drives to school, make sure they obey all laws and wear seatbelts.  Also remind them to stay alert because more children are waiting outside for school buses and more cars are on the roadways.
  • Make sure children understand potential traffic dangers, especially if they walk to school.
  • Make sure your children know how to telephone for help. Post emergency contact numbers by every telephone in your home.
  • Develop a family emergency plan in case something happens on the way to or while at school.
  • Be aware of any emergency and evacuation plans your children’s schools may have established.

For more information on back-to-school safety or to download medical forms, visit www.emergencycareforyou.org.

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