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Back-to-School Tips

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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