Preparing For the First Day of School

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The summer has sailed by, and that means it’s time to get busy with back-to-school plans.

Whether your child is attending school for the first time, going to a new school, or heading back to familiar territory, there can be uncertainty and nervousness. A plan of action, including a detailed calendar of schedules, events and homework, a list of supplies, a visit to the school and a meeting with new teachers can get you off on the right foot for the school year.

Here are some ways to ensure the transition is smooth: Go over your child’s schedule with him or her – Find out who the teachers are and where your child will need to be throughout the day.

Check out the campus with him/her and get to know the lay of the land. If your child will be attending a new school, introduce yourself to your child’s teachers and get a sense of what they expect from your child. It is also a good opportunity to become familiar with the layout of the school.

Get a list of needed supplies Ensure that your child is ready to go on the first day by getting a supply list from the teacher or the school.

Talk to your child about any fears he/she may have about the coming school year Reassure him/her that you will always be there to help work things out.

Find out what extracurricular activities are available and which ones interest your child – Buy any needed equipment for the sport or other activity. If you’re leery of buying new hockey equipment or a musical instrument, check Craigslist or other online sites for used items. Also, check with your local music shops for instrument rental options.

Buy a calendar or use your smartphone calendar – Create a color-coded system for assignments, activities and parent/teacher meetings and encourage your child to check the calendar regularly.

Learn the school’s policies – Make sure that you know the school’s stance on appropriate dress, behavior, medical care, emergencies, etc. You don’t want any ugly surprises about how administrators handle discipline or other troubling situations.

Talk to your child about safety – Map out a walking route to get to school and emphasize the importance of being aware of surroundings. If he/she is taking the bus, talk about the importance of always sitting down and not being disruptive.

The start of a school year is always a time of transition and can be stressful on both you and your child, so it is important to take the proper steps to set your child up for a successful school year.

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