Aug 21, 2023

Back-to-School Health Checklist

Safety Tips.

Sending kids back to school certainly involves a variety of health considerations. It can be a lot to remember! Luckily, Crisp Regional Hospital has you covered with a comprehensive health checklist for parents to keep in mind when sending their children back to school.

Daily Health Check

Conduct a daily health assessment, checking for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, etc. If your child is unwell, keep them at home and inform the school about their absence.


Ensure your child’s routine vaccinations are up to date. If eligible, consider getting your child vaccinated against influenza (flu) annually.

Sleep Schedule

Establish a consistent sleep schedule to ensure your child gets enough rest. A proper sleep routine supports overall health and immune function.


Plan balanced meals and snacks to provide essential nutrients for growth and immunity.
Encourage a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.


Provide a reusable water bottle for your child to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Physical Activity

Encourage regular physical activity to support overall health and mental well-being. Participate in family activities that promote movement.

Mental Health

Talk to your child about their feelings and concerns with returning to school. Teach stress management techniques, such as deep breathing and mindfulness.

School Supplies

Ensure your child has all necessary school supplies, including masks (if still required), hand sanitizer, and tissues.

Backpack Check

Ensure your child’s backpack is appropriately sized and worn using both shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly.

Communication with School

Stay informed about school policies and updates related to health and safety measures. Update the school about any changes in your child’s health or contact information.

Allergies and Medical Conditions

Inform the school about all allergies, medical conditions, or medications your child may have. Provide necessary medications and instructions to the school nurse, if applicable.

Transportation Safety

If your child uses school transportation, review safety guidelines and protocols.

Regular Check-Ups

Schedule regular check-ups with your child’s healthcare provider for overall health monitoring.

Mental Health Resources

Be aware of available mental health resources in your community in case additional support is needed.

Remember, this checklist can vary based on factors like age, health status, local regulations, and school policies. Stay informed and adapt your approach as needed to ensure your child’s health and well-being as they return to school.

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