Back to School Checklist
Our children are getting acclimated to their new schedules. They are meeting new friends, becoming acquainted with their new teachers and familiar with the school’s behavior standards. While our children adapt to their school and its related components, as parents we should make sure the following items are in place.
- Update Emergency Information
Make sure you submit your child’s student emergency information form to your school. This important information allows you to be contacted promptly if your child is sick or injured.
- Update Child’s Cafeteria Account
While my children bring their lunch most days, they do enjoy the pizza and pancakes on upside down day. Our school has an automated system but that convenience comes at a price so I send in a check. Make sure your check includes your child’s first name, last name, and the appropriate ID number. If you qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals, submit your application. Our school district bases eligibility on family size and income. For additional information, go to your school’s website or call them directly.
- Obtain School Calendar
Many moons ago, I missed Moms and Muffins which ended up being a traumatic event for my son. As a result, I began to enter all activities and events into Microsoft Outlook. At the beginning of the school year, I now obtain the school calendar and enter all pertinent information for the entire school year. You can also use a planner or calendar. At a minimum, have a copy of the school calendar handy and refer to it regularly. School events mean a lot to our children so do not be like me and miss it!
- Attend Back-to-School Night
Keep informed about the time your school sets aside for you to meet with teachers. Our initial meeting is tonight which is called back to school night. My husband and I look forward to talking to both of our children’s teachers without them present. Make sure you line up a babysitter or contact a friend or family member.
- Verify Vaccines Current
Our county offers free voluntary seasonal flu vaccinations (Flu Mist) to all elementary school students beginning on Sept 23 through October 23. I would recommend consulting your physician prior to receiving the Flu Mist. I just learned that after receiving the Flu Mist you must wait 30 days before you can receive another vaccine (e.g. H1N1 vaccine). Make sure you keep informed about your school’s plans in the event of a H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak.