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Back To School Health Tips for Parents, Students, and Teachers

If following some simple tips could help your child miss one less day of school, what would it be worth to you and your family? Below are some simple things you can do to help them have a healthier year.

General Health Tips for All Ages

  • Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds - about the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • Practice good health habits, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and not sharing food and drinks with others.
  • If possible, keep children home from school and other activities when they are sick.

Pre-Kindergarten through Middle School

  • Teach your child to sneeze, cough, or blow their nose into a clean tissue and then dispose of it properly.
  • Try to keep children from touching or rubbing their eyes, nose, and mouth, as these are common ways for germs to enter the body.
  • Pack healthy snacks for your child and teach them to wash fruits and vegetables before consuming.
  • Disinfect or sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and other commonly shared items.

​High School

  • Remind your children to keep their lockers clean by bringing home dirty gym clothes to wash and not storing food in their lockers overnight.
  • If allowed, encourage children to carry hand sanitizer in case soap and water are not accessible.
  • Provide teachers with disinfecting wipes to help them reduce germs in their classroom, which may help keep your student healthier.


  • Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date, as residences are typically high-density living communities in which germs spread easily.
  • Urge children to take health into their own hands by being responsible for washing soiled laundry, keeping living areas clean, eating nutritious food, and wearing shower shoes.

For more information on how to keep your child healthy, please visit the CDC website:

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