Keeping your student healthy during back to school season

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Not only are students back in school, but so are the pesky germs that come with them.

Doctors say to avoid getting sick at school, the most important thing is to wash your hands frequently; also avoid sharing eating utensils, or water bottles.

Doctors also recommend bringing tissues or hand sanitizer to class.

Dr. Joy Mueller with Rapid City Regional Residency Clinic says, "If one kid in the household gets sick, your more likely to have your siblings get sick. Also when you put all the kids together in a room, they are trying to be good classmates good friends and share things...all of a sudden they are exposed to things they haven't been dealing with previously."

If your child does get sick doctors recommend plenty of rest before sending them back.