Easing the "back to school" anxiety

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- As many families start packing up their new pencils and books, it's bringing on a mix of emotions.

Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or senior year of high school, educators say it's normal for both parents and students to feel the back to school jitters.

When it comes to anxious children, Pasco School District's Superintendent Michelle Whitney recommends holding open conversations. The more you can talk about your child's fears the higher the odds are of calming them.

Also, it's best to get all books, backpacks and lunches prepared at least the day before.

"The more prepared in advance, the less likely something will go wrong or unanticipated the day of," says Whitney.

PSD's teachers go through specific training on getting your kids acquainted to their new classes and colleagues.

Whitney say's a major "stressor" for students is findings the right bus stop, entrance and classrooms during the first week.

She highly recommends that all parents take their kids to and from the bus stop and drop off lanes before they get crowded on the first day.

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