School offering some tips for a productive, safe return to class
AMHERST – The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is busy preparing for another school year.
School begins for the 2014-15 year on Thursday, Sept. 4.
“At CCRSB, our focus is our students. It is our job to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to exceed academically, socially and emotionally,” board chairwoman Trudy Thompson said. “We are proud of the successes that our student have realized in the past and know that our students of today have amazing potential to achieve.”
She said success is realized when there is co-operation, partnership and communication between the home and the school.
Thompson said the end of the summer brings a mix of feelings for parents and students: excitement, anxiety and eagerness abound the last few days of the summer break as anticipation of the school year to come builds.
Managing all of these feelings as well as remembering what’s required for the first days back to school can be a challenge. So, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is offering reminders of the back-to-school basics to help students, parents and guardians prepare for those hectic first few days.
School supplies: Elementary and middle school students should have been provided with directions regarding necessary school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year this past spring.
In some schools, supplies will be purchased in bulk. In others, a list of needed school supplies – to be provided by each student – may have been sent home. If you are unsure of what supplies your child might need or are having challenges getting the needed supplies, contact your school office or visit your school website.
Backpacks: A student’s backpack should not weigh more than 10 to 15 per cent of the student’s body weight when fully packed. So, look at what’s being put in your child’s pack and have them only bring the items they need for each day of class.
It’s also important that backpacks are worn correctly, that means using both shoulder straps and the waist strap for added stability. Packing a backpack evenly also helps. Make sure the items in the student’s pack are distributed evenly so that one side doesn’t weigh more than the other.
Dress for the weather: Fall days can be quite cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Be sure that your child has a warm jacket or sweater that he/she can take off as the day grows warmer. Dressing in layers is the best way to make sure that your child is comfortable throughout their day at school.
Meals at school: Some schools within the CCRSB have breakfast and lunch programs for students. Make sure to check with your school to see what meal options are available and what is required to sign-up for any programs. If your child will bring lunch, remember that some of our students have food sensitivities and allergies. So, it’s important to ask ahead of time if there are any foods that shouldn’t be brought to school. For more information, contact your school office.
School bus and walking safety: For some students, September marks a return to the routine of taking the bus or walking to school. For others, it’s the beginning of a whole new experience. In either case, it’s important to remember that safety should always be a student’s first priority.
For those students taking the bus, the first thing to remember is to make sure the bus driver can always see you. Stand at your designated bus stop, so the bus driver knows that you are there. When the bus stops for you, wait until all of the traffic on the road has stopped as well. Once you see that all the other vehicles have stopped, you can get on the bus.
When you’re on the bus, the bus driver is in charge. Listen closely to what he/she says and do as they ask; that means sitting still and not running up and down the aisle. If you have any problems while you are on the bus, tell the driver once you have stopped and he/she will do their best to help you.
If you walk to school it’s really important to remember to stay on the sidewalk (if your community has one) or well to the side on the shoulder of the road. Keep your eyes and ears alert to make sure that you see vehicles and that they see you.
Always look where you are going and cross the road at a designated cross-walk. If there isn’t a cross walk, wait on the shoulder of the road until all the traffic has stopped. Make eye contact with the drivers once they have stopped, then carefully cross the road. Do not cross the road until all vehicles have stopped and you are sure that the drivers have seen you.