Tips for Parents on Back-to-School Planning

July 26, 2016

Some parents may think that getting their kids back to school is all about getting school supplies and some new clothes. There are other things that parents should also think about and take care of. Your Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties offers these tips to help you and your child better prepare for an exciting school year:

Before School Starts:

  • Remember that most schools require up-to-date immunizations. Schedule a doctor and dental check-up. Make copies of all your child’s health and emergency information for reference. Health forms are typically good for more than a year and can be used again for camps, extracurricular activities, and the following school year.
  • Review all school information. These packets usually include important information about your child’s teachers, transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities. Make notes of important dates. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • If it is the first time your child will be attending the school, visit the school together beforehand so they can get a sense of where things are. Introduce your child to the teacher if you have the opportunity.

The First Week:

  • Clear your own schedule. If possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings, and extra projects. You want to be free to help your child acclimate to the school routine.
  • Get to know those in charge. Make an effort to find out who can be a resource for you and your child. Learn their roles and how best to access their help if you need them.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Go for quality, not quantity. Your child will benefit most from one or two activities that are fun, reinforce social development, and teach new skills. Too much scheduled time can be stressful, especially for young children, and may make it harder to concentrate on schoolwork.
  • Think outside of the field. If your child does not want to participate in regular, organized extracurricular activities, you may want to consider other options to help build interests and social skills. Check out the local library for monthly reading programs and find out if your local recreation or community center offers drop-in activities.


We know that the first day of school may be a nervous yet exciting one. Being well prepared will help make it a positive and stress-free experience. For more consumer information, visit the BBB News Blog on or call (858) 496-2131.