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Things Parents Should Know on the First Day of School


It goes without saying that parents should know their child's school schedule. The schedule is given after the child is enrolled. Parents should visit the school with their child to see the classroom she is assigned to, especially if the school holds an orientation before the school year starts. Knowing when the child should be at school will give parents an idea of how early to wake up and help her prepare. Allotting enough time to wake, feed and clothe the child is essential to arriving on time.


Parents should know how they can contact their child's teacher, the school principal and other school authorities, just in case the need arises. Attending a parent-teacher conference will give parents a better idea of what each school authority can do, what is within their scope of work, and who to approach in case their child is experiencing problems.


Parents should be familiar with school policies on bullying, harassment and other abusive behavior of students. In addition, they should be familiar with the safety measures the school applies and adheres to, as well as plans for emergencies. Parents should also inquire about the school's contact policy during emergencies and what situations the school deems emergencies.

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