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Top five ways to get ready for school

Top five ways to get ready for school

Top five ways to get ready for school

Top five ways to get ready for school

Top five ways to get ready for school

child in mask at schoolSchool days are right around the corner! While learning may look different for some, it’s important everyone is healthy and prepared for the school year ahead. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your child's school year gets off to a great start.

Get vaccinated

Did you know that plans on Maryland Health Connection cover your child’s shots at no cost, even if you haven’t met your deductible? You can protect your children from several viruses and serious diseases.

Pack extra masks and hand sanitizer

Like socks in a dryer, masks can disappear in a backpack. Pack some extras. You never know when you’ll need them. Encourage your children to keep their masks on and to use hand sanitizer when washing hands with soap and water is not available.

Schedule an annual physical 

Make sure your child is ready to go with a head-to-toe checkup! Routine physicals are fully covered by your health plan. For most extracurricular activities, like sports, a physical is needed to participate. This will ensure that your child is healthy and prepared to take on the new school year. Try to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician/primary care doctor. If you cannot get an appointment with your doctor, an urgent care center also can do a physical exam.

Start on a routine early

Children who were not in the classroom last year may need to get used to a new routine. Start now before the start of school to build that structure once again. Some of these habits may be an earlier bedtime, reading time or other learning activities. By beginning this routine early, you both will be ready for the first day of school without any hiccups.

Ask about a vision screening

About 80 percent of learning at school is visual. Your health insurance plan’s pediatric vision benefits cover children up to age 19 and include a routine eye examination and a pair of prescription glasses each year.

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