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Families play an important role in today's schools. Family involvement helps to guide school decision-making, improves problem-solving and aids dispute resolution.

Transitioning to a New School

Is your child starting a new school this fall?

Your child may be transitioning to a new school for a number of reasons; maybe your family has moved, or maybe your child is moving up to middle or high school. Regardless of the reason, changes at school can cause anxiety for your child, and may present some challenging times for your family. Here are some things that you can do to make this transition less stressful for you and your child:

  • Ease your child into the new school by arranging a visit where your child can meet their new teacher(s) or principal.
  • During your visit, take your child to the new school play ground so they can see it, and maybe even meet some other children who may be attending the new school.
  • If possible, arrange ways that your child can still keep in touch with friends from their old school. Take time to arrange play dates, or encourage them to write a letter. Some children want to email or text their friends; this is fine and you can use this as a good opportunity to discuss how you expect them to use technology. Find opportunities for your child to share their worries about going to a new school with you or with other family members. Make some time to just talk.
  • Share your personal experiences with your child; this is a good opportunity to talk to your child about how you deal with changes.
  • Depending on your child's age, you might notice irritability, clinginess, or longing for the old school. If symptoms persist, or if you are concerned about your child's well-being, talk to your doctor or call Health Links ? Info Sant? at (204) 788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257.

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