Tips for Back to School

Our School Counseling team worked together this summer on building a list of tips for back to school this fall. We know transitioning can be difficult for everyone - students, families, teachers and staff. As educators, we are continually planning and adjusting to create the best learning environments possible. And we know our efforts are best suited when in sync with our families. We hope you find the list of tips below helpful. Please feel free to share!
  1. Start the transition slowly. A couple of weeks before school, begin transition from a summer routine to a school routine to make an easier scheduling transition in September. Start a bedtime routine that allows for at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
  2. Limit screen time before bed. Try to keep electronic devices (phones, tablets, video games, and tv's) off and preferably out of bedrooms to limit disruptions to sleep routines. Set up a nigh time charging station for electronics in a parent's room and try to limit screen time during the work/school week.
  3. Prepare for your day, the night before. Have clothes, backpacks, lunches and snacks ready the night before to help the morning routine. 
  4. Visit the bus stop now. Take your child to their bus stop before the first day of school and make sure you and your child know the bus number as well as morning and afternoon pick-up/drop-off times. 
  5. Be intentional with your time and space planning. Set up and have conversations with your child regarding an after-school routine including setting up a homework time and location in your home that limits distractions. 
  6. Visit your school. Attend orientations that are scheduled for your child's school and grade level.
  7. Let us help. If your child is showing signs of anxiety and apprehension about the start of the school year, contact the school to set up a time to tour the building and to talk with school staff. Reassure them and talk them through their worries. The school is always here to help. Seek our help by calling the School Counselors office and encourage them to advocate for themselves.