10 things to help parents prepare for back-to-school

10 things to help parents prepare for back-to-school

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As you try to prepare your child for heading back to the classroom, here is a list to help make sure you and your student are prepared for the upcoming year:


  • The state of Georgia has a list of required immunizations children must get based on their age.

School bus schedule

  • If your child is riding the bus, make sure you know when and where your child will be picked up and dropped off.
  • Bus routes are listed by your county's school system. You should be able to find it on your school system's website or by speaking with the school's administration.

School supplies

  • Each school and even teachers will ask that families provide certain supplies for their children to use during the school year.
    • Speak with your student's teacher to find out what they will need for their class.

For younger students: Start adjusting their bedtime now

  • For kids getting ready to start school after enjoying later bedtimes, start adjusting their schedules now so they are in the routine as they head into the school year.

Prepare for the schedule changes

  • As kids head back to the classroom there will be more events and activities, some parents use a calendar, some a planner and others set up reminders on their phones. Make sure you find the best way for you to keep up with everything going on.

Set time and space aside for homework

  • Go ahead and set a time for kids to do homework. Ask you child's teacher(s) how much time will need to be used outside of the classroom for homework and studying. This way you can plan an appropriate amount of time to set aside and get your student(s) into a routine every day.

Back-to-school photos

Consider rewards

  • Some parents offer rewards for grades, some reward good behavior in the classroom.
  • Find out what goal you want your child to achieve this year and consider how to positively reinforce that goal.
  • Rewards can be something as small as a special treat to cash or even just some one-on-one time at the park together.
  • Find out what works best for you and your student(s)

After-school activities

  • Get with your child's school and find out what after-school activities they offer and see if any of those appeal to your student(s).
  • This is a great opportunity to get your child more invested and involved at school.

Set up some one-on-one time 

  • As the school year begins, students get busy, family gets swamped and it can be easy to miss out on some important one-on-one time with your child.
  • Plan time every week to just be together, like a game night or movie night. Just time for the family to set everything else aside and be together. You all deserve it after keeping up with everything else.

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