Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 343 Building Security To ensure the safety of their students, many schools have building security guide- lines. These guidelines are usually discussed in school handbooks and on school websites. Identify the people who can act on your behalf in case of an emer- gency, and be sure the appropriate paperwork is filed with the school. Review school safety procedures with your child and make sure that your child understands who he/she is allowed to leave school with. As an extra safety precaution, parents may want to have a code word or question that children can use to know they are with a trusted adult. Immunizations Most schools require written proof of immunization before a child is registered. Required immunizations vary by state, but often include tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). Some states also require pneumococcal and hepatitis B vaccines. Standardized Tests In many grades, students are required to take stan- dardized tests to measure achievement. Although the tests vary from state to state and school to school, all standardized tests compare a student’s achievement with state and national averages. Schools use standardized test scores to help them improve their educational programs and to find out how much their students have learned. Student test results are given to parents; however, test scores are sometimes difficult to understand. If you ever have a question re- garding test results, talk to your child’s teacher or counselor. Test anxiety is common for children this age. If your child seems anxious about school tests, try to help him/her relax. Encourage your child to “just do your best.”