Get ready: School starts September 3

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School resumes on Thursday, September 3 — before the Labor Day holiday. Don’t wait to get ready: Prepare for the first day now and spare your family from any last-minute anxiety.

The National Association of School Psychologists offers several  tips for parents that will help students make a smooth transition from summer to fall:

  • Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines at least one week before school starts. End late summer bedtimes and begin waking up your child at the time they will wake up during the school year. Re-establish a bedtime reading routine, too.
  • Limit TV, video games and computer time now. Encourage your child to play quiet games, complete puzzles, work with flash cards, color or read to ease him or her back into an at-home learning schedule.
  • Designate a spot for backpacks, lunches and important notices from school. Explain that emptying their backpack each evening is part of their responsibility, even for young children.
  • Visit school with your child. Locating their classroom, restrooms and the cafeteria will help ease pre-school anxieties — especially for children starting at a new school.
  • Map out the route you will take to school. Whether driving, biking or walking, don’t wait till the last minute to learn how long it takes to get to school. Give yourself plenty of time to avoid the rush.

To plan for the fall and for the rest of the school year, check out SCUSD’s attendance and vacation district calendars, which indicate holidays and shortened days.