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Safety Tips as Families Head Back to School

August 28, 2017
As the summer draws to a close, parents and children are turning their thoughts and preparations to the start of the new school year. Amidst the back to school shopping and gathering of school supplies, experts at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are urging parents to remember the most important back to school focus – their children’s physical and emotional preparedness for the year ahead.

Pediatrician Rebekka Levis, MD, and Abraham Bartell, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, both at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, offer safety tips to make the transition from summer to school as smooth as possible.

Ease back into a school year routine, including setting an earlier bedtime. Children ages 6 to 18 should get approximately 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Help your child get back into a regular routine during the summer by waking up earlier and moving bedtime up by 15 to 30 minutes each night over the last week or two before school starts. Help make falling asleep easier by cutting out screen time for the last hour before bed to avoid overstimulation and avoid meals that are too big or too small.

Talk to your children about anxiety or angst that they may be experiencing. Getting into a routine and preparing for the transition to school will help address most general anxieties. Talk to your children about concerns they have from last year that may not have been addressed over the summer. If your child was seeing a therapist or counselor, get back into the routine of seeing that professional.

Don’t skip breakfast and make sure your kids are getting healthy school lunches. Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch helps children fuel their day appropriately and leads to better focus and academic performance. Pack a healthy lunch for your child that includes fruit, protein and simple carbohydrates. If your child’s lunch is provided at school, check to make sure healthy options are offered.

Choose the right backpack for your child. Your child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent to 20 percent of the child’s body weight, should have wide padded straps and a padded back and should rest at the child’s waist. Disperse items evenly throughout the different compartments and encourage your child to use both straps.

Make sure your child is up to date on immunizations: Children should visit their pediatrician for an annual physical and ensure that their immunizations are up to date. In New York State, this means children entering kindergarten should have two measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, two chicken pox vaccines, and should be up to date with their polio and DTaP vaccines. Children entering 7th grade should have one meningitis vaccine and children entering 12th grade should have two meningitis vaccines, unless the first was received after their 16th birthday.

Byram Hills PTSA

The Byram Hills PTSA promotes the emotional, physical, social and intellectual growth of all youth in our district by partnering with students, parents, teachers, staff, administration and our community. We are the primary mechanism for our districts’ parents to become involved in, and have input at, their children's schools.

The Byram Hills Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization, a not-for-profit organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. While we are a self-governing group, we are organized under National and New York State PTA by laws to serve the children and youth in our school district. As a membership organization, we are open to anyone who wishes to join, including any student in the Byram Hills School District.

Byram Hills Schools
Coman Hill Elementary School
Grades: K - 2
558 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY  10504

School Hours: 9:10am - 3:10pm

Office: 914-273-4183
Fax: 914-273-3257

Principal: MaryBeth Crupi

Nurse: Betsy Gordon

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H. C. Crittenden Middle School
Grades 6-8
10 MacDonald Avenue
Armonk, NY  10504

School Hours: 7:50am - 2:30pm

Office: 914-273-4250
Fax: 914-273-4618

Principal: Kim Lapple

Nurse: Deborah Negrin 

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byram hills high school
Byram Hills High School Grades 9-12
12 Tripp Lane
Armonk, NY 

Office: 914-273-9200
Fax: 914-273-2067

Principal: Christopher Walsh 
Nurse: Ms. Julie Gallagher 

School hours: 7:45am - 2:25pm

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Byram Hills Central School District

North Castle's hamlets of Armonk and Banksville are served by the Byram Hills Public School District.

The district is made up of four schools:

Coman Hill Elementary School, Kindergarten - grade 2,

Wampus Elementary School, Grade 3 - Grade 5,

H.C. Crittenden Middle School,  Grade 6 - Grade 8 and,
Byram Hills High School, Grade 9 - Grade 12.

The district also partially serves residents of some neighboring towns including, but not all of, Bedford, Bedford Corners, Chappaqua, Greenwich, Pleasantville, Purchase and Thornwood. For the 2010 - 2011 school year, the district served approximately 2,785 students.

"In an environment of mutual respect, the Byram Hills School District and its community will provide students with the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to excel in order to become productive and responsible citizens of the 21st century."

Source: School Communication Service

Coman Hill Elementary School
Wampus Elementary School
Grades 3 - 5
41 Wampus Ave.
Armonk, NY 10504

Office: 914-273-4190
Fax: 914-273-3608

School Hours: 8:25am - 3:00pm

Principal: Mrs. Debra Cagliostro

Nurse: Theresa McGlynn  

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