This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at IBABuzz.com/onassignment. Follow her at Twitter.com/tunedtotheresa or Facebook.com/TheresaHarringtonBANG.
As students head back to school this month on campuses around the state, the California state Parent Teacher Association is offering suggestions to help calm the "Start-of-School Jitters."
Here's what the group says, in a back-to-school news release:
"The back-to-school season is an exciting time, but it can also cause anxiety for some children -- and parents too! Preparing in advance can help your child feel more confident and have a more positive school experience. California State PTA offers guidance for parents and students for helping to calm jitters during the start of school.
For more back-to-school tips for parents and information on the importance of family engagement, visit www.capta.org. PTA connects families and schools, and helps kids and parents feel welcomed at school throughout the year.
California State PTA will be featuring the #FirstDayofSchoolSmiles on Facebook and Instagram this week, and throughout the back-to-school season. To get the latest information, get connected with California State PTA online.
The California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, 'Every child, one voice.' The PTA is the nation's largest and highest-profile volunteer association working to connect families and schools, and improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial."
I would like to reiterate the importance of traffic safety. Sadly, every year, it seems that children are hit and sometimes killed by motorists who don't see them walking or biking to school. Please allow extra time to get to school and follow the rules for drop-off and pickup to ensure that everyone gets to school safely.
What's your back to school advice?