Back to School Tips


  • Start working with your child to get back on regular sleeping schedules for school.


  • Review dress code policies and school policies with their children. Some schools may have a more restrictive dress code policy. Go to the WCPS website to see the complete policy.


  • Attend Open House events at your child’s school to meet teachers, pick up supply lists, and see daily schedules for classes.


  • Parents with children walking to school should familiarize students with walking routes and also discuss safety tips to help ensure students don’t talk with strangers, don’t get into vehicles with adults not okayed by parents, and don’t take shortcuts through unsafe areas.


  • Parents driving children to school should familiarize themselves with the routes to school, as well as plan for extra time in the morning and afternoon for extra traffic or school bus slow downs.


  • Parents with children riding the school bus should make sure their child knows what bus they are supposed to ride in the morning and afternoon, as well as discuss rules for conduct on the bus.


  • Parents who are new to Wayne County Public Schools should either go to the WCPS website or contact their child’s school to discuss enrollment, incoming Kindergarten, or transfer requirements.


  • Parents with incoming Kindergarteners should either go to the WCPS website or contact their local school to discuss graduation requirements.


  • Slowly, get your child back in the habit of doing school work.  Choose a subject to review each week.  This will assist your child in maintaining academic skills taught last year.


  • Set aside a special time to read to or with your child.  The WCPS website is a great reference for parents, Find-A-Book, to assist in choosing appropriate leveled books based on the child’s Lexile Score.  The Lexile Score is indicated on each student’s reading EOG results.


  • Gradually, get your child back into the routine of going to bed on time and getting up early.  Talk with your child about school starting and the importance of plenty of rest.   


  • Go school supply shopping!  This is a fun part of getting your child ready for school.  The WCPS website provides a suggested list of school supplies for students in grades K-5.  The list is located under the Parent Resources section on the website.


  • Talk with your child about the upcoming school year and the exciting new things they will learn!  Learning Outcomes for each grade level are located on the Wayne County Public Schools website under Parent Resources. 


  • Involve children in preparing for school.  Let them be responsible for packing their book bags and selecting clothes.  Allowing them to be involved will help promote independence. 


  • Model good manners at home. 


  • Praise your child when you observe them practicing good manners.    


  • As the first day nears, stay positive about school!  Encourage your child to talk about the feelings they have about the new school year. Try to ease any fears they may have.


  • Make sure as a parent you are involved!  Pledge to attend back-to-school events, and teacher conferences, volunteer for at least one event per semester to support the school.     
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