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Getting Ready for a Successful School Year

- Monday, August 14, 2017
It’s still HOT outside, but summer is fast drawing to a close. As students across Maryland get ready to go back to school, we checked in with MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen who works in Somerset County schools through Project AWARE. The goal of Project AWARE is to help school personnel identify children and youth with mental health needs, and connect them and their families to resources.

Sherri’s Tips for a Successful School Year

  1. Get ready emotionally. Start talking to your child now about the upcoming school year. Talk about and share your expectations for a good year. 
  2. Be consistent at home. As you set expectations and plan for the year ahead, remember that you have an important role to play in your child’s success. Be consistent with your expectations at home as the school year progresses.
  3. Be proactive. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan in place, you may want set up a meeting to make sure all the needed supports are in place. Do this as early in the school year as you can. Check if setting up a meeting before the school year starts is an option.
  4. Meet the teachers. Let your child’s teachers know what helps your child at home and could be used at school. Offer strategies around managing behavior (including positive reinforcers) and perhaps information about your child as a learner.  
  5. Get involved at school as a volunteer and/or an active participant at school events. Volunteer opportunities might include PTA events, holiday parties and reading at school. Other opportunities to get involved include attending back-to-school nights and school-sponsored events for the whole family. 
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