Guide: Back to School Preparation 2019

Looking to skip the back-to-school butterflies? Here’s how you and your child can get ready for the day and make the transition back to school even easier. 

Making the transition for first day of school easier:

The week before:
 
Set a reasonable bedtime
- Start the school routine a week before school starts so your children are adjusted to the school routine.

Back-to-school shopping
-Find out what you child may need for the upcoming year. Teachers may also ask for additional classroom supplies like tissues, baby wipes and hand sanitizer. 

Meet the teacher 
- See if there is a time where students can go to their new classroom and meet the teacher. 

The day before: 
Check supplies
-Fill backpacks ahead of time with important papers, school information and make sure your children have everything they need on their supply list.
Click here to see a list of the top 10 school supply lists this year!

Pack lunch
-Pack a lunch ready with different healthy snacks.
For a list of healthy snack options click here. 

The day of:
Eat a healthy breakfast
- Send your children off to school with a healthy breakfast that will keep them full and focused until lunchtime. 

Understand the dismissal procedure  
-Make sure that you child knows their bus number or who is picking them up at the end of the school day. 

After school: 
Homework space
-Have a designed space for your child to do their homework. Make sure it is a quick place where they are not easily distracted.

Paperwork
-Parents/guardians should fill out emergency contact information and look over any other important documents the school sent home. 

Success all year long
Communication with teacher
- Email and have regular phone conversations with teachers. If possible attend back-to-school nights and parent-teacher conferences. 

Look out for signs of bullying or stress
-As the school year moves forward, communicate with your child to see if they are feeling stressed in school. 
Signs your child is being bullied from Stopbullying.gov
Signs your child is feeling stressed from Scholastic

For more tips on the first day of school click here - HealthyChildren.org

 

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