Back to School – Ideas for Parents

As summer ends, there is a lot to do to get kids ready for school. This is especially true because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what parents can do to get ready for the new school year, too.

Mother helps her daughter put on homemade face mask as she gets ready for school.

How Parents Can Get Involved

Research shows that schools with strong parent involvement have students who behave better, get better grades, and do better socially. CDC developed Parents for Healthy Schools, a set of resources for parents, schools, and school organizations like parent-teacher associations, to help you create healthy school environments. You’ll find specific ideas for how you can help schools give your child more opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, and services to help manage health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and food allergies.

Help your child cope with stress in a healthy way.

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming for both adults and children. Dealing with stress calmly and confidently can help you provide the best support for your child and make them more resilient. Learn more about behaviors to watch for and how to help children cope.

Encourage your child to eat healthy at school.

Did you know most kids get half their calories at school? That makes school a great place to foster healthy eating habits and behaviors, and you can help. School meals are healthy, nutritious, and free for all students the entire school yearexternal icon! Get the facts on childhood nutrition, and learn more about school meals programs.

Mother and pupil and kids holding hands going to school in first class with schoolbag or satchel walking to school bus, Parent and son,sister preschool

Help your child stay active each day by supporting physical education and physical activity at school.

Kids in the United States spend 6 to 8 hours a day at school. Physical activity during the school day is important because experts recommend children get 60 minutes of physical activity daily. School physical education programs contribute to that 1 hour of physical activity and help children develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors that help them stay active for life. Learn more about ways your child can stay active at school with this fact sheet pdf icon[PDF – 994 KB], and discover how physical activity benefits students, teachers, and the community.

Support your child’s school in providing health services.

One in four kids ages 2 to 8 have a chronic health condition like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, or tooth decay. For these students, school health services can play a large role in daily and emergency care during the school day. Health services can reduce the number of days your child has to stay home from school and miss valuable instruction time. Read this fact sheet pdf icon[PDF – 824 KB] to find out how you can get involved, and listen to this podcast to learn more about the importance of school health services.

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