Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Start Your Year Off Right

Published on: 8/16/2022

​​Help your student establish routines with regular times for waking up and going to bed each night. Suggestions include turning off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime and making schedule adjustments at least 1 to 2 weeks prior to the start of school.    

Promote wellness and safety with after school walks, healthy meals and snacks, and mindfulness activities. For examples, please visit: https://www.parents.com/fun/activities/5-mindfulness-activities-you-can-do-as-a-family/ .  

Check-in with your child and keep the lines of communication open. For example, ask questions like “What’s something you liked about school today?” “What’s one thing you would like to do differently tomorrow?”

Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal body cues, emotion, and behavior. Examples include a change in the tone or voice pitch, arms folded in front of the body, bursts of anger, or excessive sleeping. Ask your child’s physician or school counselor for resources and suggestions. 

Be sure your child knows their address and important phone numbers. Use this sample Family Communication Plan template as an example: https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readywrigley/documents/15_259306-A_Family_Communication_Plan_EN_fillable.pdf .  

Connect with your child’s school often by ensuring your phone number, email address, and emergency contacts are up to date. Be sure to secure a PowerSchool Parent Access account from your child’s school for access to class schedules and grades. 

Help your child stay organized and remember important tasks with a notebook, calendar reminders, or apps like COZI or MyHomework.  

Students in every grade level benefit when parents remain involved. PTA, parent nights, information sessions, and more are available to assist you and your student in having a positive school experience. 

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