Get Ready for Back to School With This Checklist

This year, make the back-to-school transition an easy one with our printable school checklist.

Before you know it, the school bells will be ringing. Avoid a last-minute scramble with this step-by-step guide to getting everything done. Print out this list to help you get organized!

Three weeks before: 

  • Inventory your child’s clothing. Make a record of what he needs.
  • Familiarize yourself with the school’s Web site. Many teachers post a school-supply list, welcome note or other information.
  • Gather ads for back-to-school sales. Decide which stores you’ll hit.
  • Make an emergency plan. Call your emergency contacts (such as friends and relatives) to confirm that they’ll help if need be.

 Two weeks before:

  • Have your middle schooler practice with a combination lock. Also, practice changing classes.
  • Be sure your child writes down his locker combination, class schedule, room numbers and teachers’ names in his planner.
  • Shop for school supplies and clothes. Use our easy school shopping guide.
  • Confirm child-care arrangements.
  • Plan morning, afternoon and evening routines; enforce bedtimes.

One week before:

  • Shop for groceries for next week’s lunches.
  • Wash all your child’s clothes.
  • Visit the school with your child.
  • Show your child his bus stop.
  • Ask if your child has any concerns.

 The night before:

  • Lay out clothes, shoes and backpacks for the next day.
  • Plan for breakfast. Get great breakfast recipes here. 
  • Put your evening routine into action.
  • Get plenty of sleep!