Come August 17, many parents with kids in Dripping Springs ISD will jump for joy as sleepy kids head back to school. Regardless of how anyone feels about the new school year, it’s a challenge to prepare for a new schedule and leave summer days behind.
Stave off last-minute scrambling with these five tips to ease the transition.
- Review School Paperwork
You may already be done with any school paperwork. The due dates may vary based on the school. Confirm your student’s registration and forms are in order. If your student has medical needs, check the district or school website for medical information.
Or contact the school’s nurse to find out what you need to provide to ensure your child gets any needed treatment at school. Be sure to have a current copy of your student’s vaccination records from the child’s doctor.
Students new to a district or school have a separate process to follow. Those who are new to DSISD, refer to the registration overview page for information. It states students new to DSISD schools need to register at their appropriate campus during registration times. Here’s the new student enrollment account request page.
- Sign up or Log in to Online Accounts
Most schools and school districts offer a web-based system for school updates, grades, absences, and more. Dripping Springs ISD provides family access to a student management system called Skyward.
Returning families with a student who has attended DSISD in the past but not during the most recent school year will need to login family access to re-enroll or to add another student. The transfer students FAQ answers questions for inter- and intra-district transfers.
- Review the School Calendars
Start adding important dates to your calendar especially those from the Dripping Springs ISD Calendar. Be sure to visit your student’s school website to check their calendar too. It can be helpful to maintain a family calendar. This way, everyone knows what’s going on any given day.
- Obtain School Supplies
Hopefully, you saw the last post about the Texas Sales Tax Holiday and took advantage of it. If you missed it, don’t worry. Many retailers still have sales on school supplies and clothes. Look for coupons and discounts on RetailMeNot, Honey, and others.
Some schools or their PTAs sell school supplies in one packet. They can buy in bulk, which can provide deeper discounts than buying items in the store. Get your kids excited about school by treating them to one fun or colorful school item of their choice.
- Prepare for the New Bedtime Routine
It’s not always possible, but you can avoid sleepy back-to-school syndrome by pushing the bedtime earlier a little bit each day. After all, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Start by putting them to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier for a few days. Once they get used to that, you can add another 15 to 30 minutes until you get to the ideal bedtime.
Follow these five tips and your family will be ready come August 17. Remember to take photos on the first day! Some families take the first day of school photo in the same place every year and take the last day photo in the same spot. That’ll make a great addition to the memory album. Have a great first day of school.