3 Building Security To ensure the safety of their students, many schools have building security guidelines.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 emergency, 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, you may want to have a code word or question your child can use in order to know he/she is 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 teta- nus, 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 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 educa- tional programs and to find out how much their students have learned. Student test results are given to parents; however, test scores are some- times difficult to understand. If you ever have a question regarding 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.”