How parents can prepare for the new school year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Schools are beginning and after a long summer, parents may need some help getting their kids caught up before they enter the classroom.

There are more than 4,000 students who attend Cape Girardeau Public Schools and thousands more in the KBSI FOX23 viewing area. For most students and parents, back to school may be a worrisome and exciting time.

Amy Hume, a teacher and parent, explains that preparing her children before school is the most important.

“You have to be invested and your kids have to know your invested. Your kids have to see that education is important for you, important for your family,” explained Hume.

According to, nearly one in six children say their parents don’t care how they do in school. Hume explains why this is a concern.

“I think that just goes back to you. You have to ask. You have to tell them. You have to… they don’t glue in… so you might have to tell your kid 45 times – ‘Hey how was school? Hey how was school? Hey that is important to me. I’m glad you’re doing okay.’ Make those personal connections,” continued Hume.

Hume also explained that parents should be patient and graceful as they drop off and pick up their child/children from school.

Meeting school staff and walking throughout the school may also help children feel comfortable while at school.

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