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Tips for Back to School

For San Angelo Independent School District students, teachers, and staff school is two weeks away. It is hard to believe that summer is over and is time to prep for back to school and what appears to be yet another uncertain one given the continuing pandemic. Preparation is everything and can ease everyone’s anxiety! We’ve compiled some of our favorite back-to-school tips to help!


1.       Prepare Mentally

-          Set your children’s bedtime for back-to-school time two weeks before school starts. That means now!

-          Talk with your kiddos about their feelings about returning to school and be ready to answer any questions they might have.

-          Talk to your kids about what they can expect the first day of school, so they – and you – can be more prepared.


2.       Make Plans for Before and After School

-          If you need a before- and/or after-school sitter, and haven’t already begun looking for a reputable one to help while you and your spouse are at work, now is the time.

-          Always have backup transportation in place if your children ride the bus to and from school in case they miss it.

-          Revisit screen time rules for the school year.

-          Get that calendar out, or sync your children’s calendars on their phone to yours, so you can all be on the same page schedule-wise.


3.       Prep for School Lunches

-          Buy reusable bottles to encourage your kiddos to stay hydrated throughout the day – particularly the first month of school when it’s still so hot outside.

-          Make a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday, wrap them in foil and freeze them. Unthaw them the night before.

-          If your child eats in the school cafeteria, pre-pay for their lunches online if your school allows.


4.       Shop for School Supplies

-          Stash a small amount of emergency cash or change in your child’s backpack.

-          Inventory last year’s school supplies before buying more. You may already have much of what your child needs!

-          Now is the time to donate the clothing items they’ve outgrown and assess what they will need for the changing seasons and their growing bodies.

-          Shop for clothes and supplies early to avoid the crowds, and to make sure you can find everything that’s needed.


5.       Be Especially Prepared the Night Before

-          Lay out your child’s school clothes the day before – even socks and shoes.

-          If your child brings their own lunch, have them pack it the day prior.

-          Make sure packed bags and gym equipment is ready to go by the front door.

For dozens more great ideas, visit Care.com, and have a safe, happy, and healthy school year!

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