As summer quickly draws to a close, it’s time to help your family get ready for the start of a new school year.
Here are five suggestions to help with the transition:
- Begin to shift to a school-day schedule before school starts. Introduce earlier bed times and rising times. Practice the routine of a school day.
- Take advantage of all opportunities to connect with the school and your child’s teachers, such as open houses and back-to-school nights. If your child will be attending a new school, try to schedule a visit before the first day of classes.
- Obtain the school supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. You may want to indulge a few of your child’s special purchase requests to promote excitement.
- If your child has an IEP, review it, note when it expires and when your child will be re-evaluated. Determine if you think the IEP still fits your child’s needs, and if you are unsure, contact your school to schedule an IEP meeting.
- If your child has been on a 504 plan, contact all of your child’s teachers to make sure that they have a copy of the plan. If you believe that the plan needs to be updated, request a meeting of your child’s student services team.
- Confused about the services available to your child through Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans? Here's a side-by-side chart to help you understand the difference between IEPs and 504 Plans.
- The new Educator Resource Kit provides valuable resource information and links for educators on a wide range of behavioral health issues, including depression, suicide, self-injury, substance use and bullying. Share the kit with staff at your school.
- Active Minds shares five tips for college students to prepare for the fall semester.
- The Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign shares a Back to School Tip Sheet for parents and caregivers
- MCF Family Peer Specialists help parents and caregivers with school concerns. Find out about one-to-one support available to Maryland families.