Summer is winding down, which means the beginning of school is fast approaching. The back-to-school checklist continues to grow each year causing some things to be missed. The supply list was filled at the local retailer. The proverbial clothes shopping trips at a variety of stores has been completed. Here are five things that also warrant attention.
Make sure that vaccinations are up-to-date. If there are allergies, prepare the necessary forms for the school nurse. Some of the forms may require the pediatrician’s signature so call ahead before stopping by the office. Do not wait to the last minute or you will be in the rush with the other moms. In addition, get an emergency packet of meds that counter any reactions for the classroom. This may include Benadryl or an epipen (Epinephrine autoinjector), which is used for mild to severe allergic reactions.
Just like school clothes, supplies and medical forms, eye exams should be scheduled during the summer before school starts. This way your child has time get adjusted to the new prescription. Get a second pair of glasses to be prepared if the originals are lost or broken. To help defray the cost of the second pair, look for providers that offer free exams such as Cohen’s Fashion Optical. Practices like this also have discounts to make the cost even more affordable.
Update the Calendar
Each year the holidays, teacher work days, and half-days change. Find out what the schedule looks like by taking a trip to the school or district’s website. Then post it on the family bulletin board and the refrigerator. This way everyone can keep track with a quick glance. Do not forget the special school nights including conferences.
Give everyone their own house key so they can get in after school. Consider specialty keys with names or colors for each child. This will add to organization as well as personalize it. Try them out to make sure they work.
Update all the important phone numbers or at least ensure the kids know how to reach you and the back-up person. Follow this with posting the information in places that is easy to display including their bedrooms and common areas such as the kitchen. For younger kids, pin this information to their backpack.
Adding these commonly missed items to your annual checklist will cut the “oops” factor. It will also have everyone prepared for the impending hustle and bustle that a new school year brings. One last tip, this is similar to the Christmas list so make sure to check it twice and update as needed.