Back to School Frequently Asked Questions

It seems like summer has only just begun, but before you know it you will be shopping for back to school supplies for the kids. At the end of the year, it’s nice to take a little break from running around. The kids get to sleep in, you get to relax after work without worrying about soccer practice, and maybe you even sneak in a family vacation. To get the most out of the summer break, you should start preparing for getting the kids back to school come the new school year. In order to be ready, we have compiled a list of frequently asked back to school questions to help you and the kid’s transition from summer break to the school year.

  • Where can I find the school district’s rules and policy guide? Your school or school district website should hold an online version of their discipline policy and the school rules.
  • Can I sign up to view my child’s grades and progress? Many schools have an online portal that parents can sign up for with their own secure account. Ask your child’s school administration for more information on how they keep parents up to date on their child’s progress.
  • Who do I notify if my child will be absent from school? Many times there will be a hotline number to call where you will leave a voicemail informing the school administration or nurse of your child’s absence. To get the number either go online to your school’s website or ask the administration desk.
  • How will I be notified if my child does not show up at school? Many times you will have to set up your home or cell phone number and the school will call if your child has not shown up for school by morning homeroom roll call.
  • What do I need to do if my child will be transferring to a new school? You’re your child has applied to and been accepted into a new school, you will often need to school proof of residency if transferring to a new public school, and for all schools you will need to show the new school a birth certificate, immunization records, and the most recent academic records for your child.
  • What records will I need if my child will be playing a youth sport in the upcoming school year? You can learn more about registering for youth sports here, however you will need to be able to show proof of age and identity. This normally requires a birth certificate.

Having an answer to these frequently asked back to school questions can help make the transition from summer to school much easier on both you and your child. Don’t put off the important steps of back to school preparation, the time to plan is now, otherwise you may be stuck needing a vital record you don’t possess. For any birth certificate needs, you can easily start an online order for your child’s government-issued birth certificate online here.


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