Getting students ready to go back to school

Now's the time to make sure your child is ready to head back to school.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 10:42 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Now's the time to make sure your child is ready to head back to school.

Many kids will be walking to school, and as daylight hours get shorter police are urging kids to wear bright colors.

This is so drivers will be able to see the kids in the morning.

Police are also asking parents to make sure their child knows the path the school.

They recommend walking that path with your child a few times, especially if you are new to the school.

"Kids will become disoriented, not familiar with the path they are supposed to take. So now is the time to practice the path they should be taking," said Fort Wayne Police Department Michael Joyner.

Police said they will be increasing patrols around bus stops and schools as everyone gets re-acquainted with their routines.

Doctors at the Lutheran Children's Hospital are urging parents to get their children in their normal bed time routine.

Kids need 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night, while 8 to 10 hours are recommended for teenagers.

Doctors said it's important to start now so they are ready for school to start in the next couple of weeks.

"Unfortunately our bodies really like routine and tend to form habits and if we teach our body we're going to bed at a certain time it's really hard for our body to adjust to an earlier bedtime just all of a sudden," said Dr. Stefani Paulson.

Paulson also recommends parent's contact their child's doctor to see if they need a check up.

If you're child is playing sports, they also need a physical on file at the school before practices begin next week.

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