How many of these back-to-school tips are you following?
There’s a growing sense of anticipation in the air. Can you feel it? Summer break is about to screech to a halt and the back-to-school routine of early alarm clocks, packed lunches, bus stops, school drop offs, teacher orientations, school supplies, bell schedules, after-school programs and homework assistance are just around the corner. Does anyone feel a little anxious just thinking about it?
It’s true, there is a lot that goes into preparing for the first day of school, but before you get too anxious, take a deep breath and read through the simple back-to-school tips below. We’ve compiled practical school and safety information with the help from our friends at the Osceola School District and Kissimmee Police Department so you can wake up on Monday, August 12 feeling confident that you and your family are ready!
Tip #1: Do a little prep work
A little knowledge does a lot to take stress away. Do a little prep work to find out what changes you should expect this school year. One of the biggest changes for Osceola County students is the updated start time to their class schedule. The goal of this new schedule is for all schools to follow one of these three “true” time slots as closely as possible; 7:20 am – 7:30 am for high schools, 8:20 am – 8:30 am for elementary schools and 9:10 am – 9:20 am for middle & multi-level schools. Each school may be a little different but should fall within that range. The best way to make sure you’re on time for your first day is to contact your child’s school.
Does the extra time before your child’s school day cause a complication for you and your family? The School District’s new program, Before the Bell, just might fill that need. This before-school program offers supervision and activities for students in traditional middle schools and K-8 schools. If you have any transportation-related questions, you can always call Osceola School District’s Transportation Hotline at 407.483.3673.
Tip #2: Practice makes perfect
Don’t let the first day of school become a harsh transition for you and your family. Start your morning routine a week before school starts so your kids are used to their new wake up time, bed time and morning routine once the first day of school arrives. If your kids have to wake up an hour earlier than usual to make it to school, maybe try having them go to bed an hour earlier in the week leading up to their first day. Spreading the transitions out so they don’t all happen on the first day can go a long way towards creating a smooth first day of school.
Tip #3: Slow down!
Remember that you’re not the only one getting used to a new routine. On the first day of school there will be thousands of kids waiting for the bus and thousands of parents driving their kids to school. That’s why Kissimmee Police Department recommends that you give yourself an extra 30 minutes to get to school or work during back-to-school week. Don’t be in a rush and don’t be distracted so you can stay aware of your surroundings including school zones, cross walks and bicycles that are likely to be nearby.
Tip #4: Celebrate the new
Whether you’re dropping your kindergartener off for their first day of elementary school or watching your high school senior drive off for their last first day, each school year is unique and special to you and your family. Don’t let stress steal the excitement. Involve your kids in school supply shopping, attend an open house as a family and find special ways to celebrate this next season. School is about more than homework, classes and requirements. It’s about growing, learning, developing and thriving. Whatever grade your kids are entering, help them enjoy the change and you just might enjoy it too.