Whenever you’re going through a transition in life, it requires a great deal of planning. By planning well in advance, you will ease the change that is coming. This time of year, many students are transitioning to a new school. Whether they have recently relocated, or are moving up a grade to a new school, planning this summer can help with the transition.
Organized Ways to Transition to a New School
Visit the school and take a tour (if possible) to get an idea of the layout.
Plan for commuting or bus stop pick up and drop off times.
If walking to school, practice the walking the route to determine how long it will usually take.
If commuting, test the drive to carpool to get an estimate for how long the drive will take each day.
Get the school’s calendar and add vacations, holidays and half-days into your family’s digital calendar or paper calendar.
Secure any before and after school care based on the school calendar, if that is needed.
For middle school and high school students, pick up your class schedule, if it is available in advance.
Gather a list of school supplies needed from your child’s teacher or teachers.
Shop for all necessary school supplies.
Shop for new school clothing and shoes. Be sure to look at the school’s dress code in advance, this is especially important for schools with uniforms.
Discuss meals at school with your children, and set up a lunch account, or have lunch money ready, or purchase the necessary ingredients to pack lunches.
Shop for lunch bags and back packs for the school year.
Read the school’s handbook to understand the procedures for carpool, buses, buying lunch, etc.
If possible, meet others attending that same school to get further details about the school environment, and to have a friendly face available to answer any of your questions.
Depending on your child’s age and comfort level, some of these things can be done by the child, or the parent may want to take the lead. By preparing and planning in advance, gathering as much information and making sure you have all necessary supplies ready, the transition to a new school will be less chaotic and less stressful for everyone involved.
If you or a family member is going through a life transition such as relocating, downsizing, preparing for a new school, job, or baby, and is in need of guidance from a professional organizer, please feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation to get started. On Task Organizing offers in-person services in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and virtual organizing services via video chat nationwide. Nancy Haworth holds a Specialist Certificate in Life Transitions through the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.