Top Ten Back to School Tips

Going back to school can be difficult for both parents and students. Plan ahead to make the transition as easy as possible.

  1. Prepare early. Talk about returning to school as soon as possible. Be enthusiastic and share memories.
  2. Get into the school routine before the first day. Help your child get into a regular sleeping pattern.
  3. Make a list of all school supplies, clothes, medical information, and vaccinations you'll need before school starts.
  4. Include your child in back to school shopping. Let them pick out new clothes and school supplies.
  5. Gather documentation. Make a copy of your child's IEP for the teacher and write a brief letter introducing your child.
  6. Write down all names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your child's teachers, therapy providers, counselors, the parent coordinator, and anyone else on the IEP team.
  7. Look for a letter from Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) at the end of August. Write down all busing information, including pick-up time, route, bus type and size, and contact information for the bus company.
  8. Learn the school rules. Is there a dress code? How do you report absences?
  9. Mark important dates on a calendar, such as school orientation, parent teacher conferences, testing days, and days off.
  10. Plan for childcare. Does the school have an afterschool program? Will you need an alternative drop-off for busing? Who will take care of your child during a sick day or snow day?
Learning and School, Education resources and programs, Preschool and younger, Special education
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