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Back to school: 13 tips for a smooth start to the school year

Kelli Twomey
Special to the Sun

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s that time again — back to school at Truckee and the North Shore. Here are some tips to get things off on the right foot:

1: Create a regular bed time and morning routine. To ease back into the school routine, start this a few days before school starts to get back in the swing of things after summer.

2: Get plenty of rest! Students should have at least nine to 10 hours of sleep per night. Minimize distractions by turning off the television and other electronics well before bedtime so your child can get some good sleep.

3: Prepare! Get organized the night before school. Lay out clothes, pack backpacks and review calendars for the next school day.

4: Create a “staging area” at home so your child has a place where everything is in one spot when it’s time to leave for school. This will make the mornings less hectic!

5: Practice the morning routine before the first day of school. Figure out how long it will take for everyone to get out of the house on time. If your children are bus riders, show them where to catch the bus and review the bus rules. You can even do some prep work the night before to save time, such as preparing lunches and reviewing homework.

6: Make sure your child has the required immunizations to attend school.

7: Figure out your child’s transportation for the school year. If they are riding the school bus, purchase a bus pass early. You’ll save money and their transportation will be all set. You can do this online. Click on the transportation page at http://www.ttusd.org.

8: If your child will be at a new school this year, drive by the school before school starts to familiarize you and your family with the school and the surrounding area.

9: Be sure your child has a good breakfast every morning. Breakfast will re-fuel their body with energy and nutrients and kick-start their day. Children who eat breakfast can concentrate better and have a longer attention span, helping them to learn and study better. When breakfast is skipped, students feel lethargic and have difficulty concentrating which can also lead to behavior difficulties.

10: Create a homework routine for your child and designate a specific area at home where your child can do their homework.

11: Build the habit of good attendance early as school success goes hand in hand with good attendance.

12: Visit your child’s school’s website regularly to keep informed about programs and upcoming events. You can access all of the websites for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s schools at http://www.ttusd.org.

13: Mark important school dates, such as back to school night, minimum days, and conference week, on your calendars now for advanced planning.

Kelli Twomey is Coordinator of Parent & Community Relations at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.