• Back to School Tips for Parents and Students

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    Attend the school’s Open House with your child on August 23, 2018. The start times for Pitt County Schools’ Open Houses are:
    • 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for K-5 Schools
    • 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for K-8 and 6-8 Schools
    • 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for 9-12 Schools
    Help familiarize your child with the layout of the school, including the location of his/her classroom(s), the cafeteria, the media center, the main office, the guidance office, the school bus loading area, etc.  Together, go over the school’s schedule and the school rules.    


    Introduce yourselves.

    Introduce yourself and your child to his/her teacher(s) at the Open House.  Let the teacher know about any special interests or challenges that your child has.  Young children are often shy with a new teacher. If you take your child to school on the first day, you might want to go into the classroom and introduce your child to the teacher again.


    Stock up on supplies.
    Before the first day of school, find out what school supplies and materials are required.  You can find supply lists for all Pitt County Schools’ elementary and middle grades by either:
    • Going online to here to obtain a copy.
    • Obtaining a copy at the school’s Open House
    • Picking up a copy at select local department stores and office supply stores

    High school students should at least be sure to take along several notebooks, loose-leaf paper, and plenty of pencils on the first day.   Before buying new clothing for the school year, review the Pitt County Schools' dress code to be sure the new items may be worn to school.


    Keep a positive focus.

    As the first day draws near, begin talking to your child about his/her expectations, hopes and fears for the upcoming school year. Reassure them that other children are having the same feelings and that they’re sure to have a great year.  Present school as a place where they’ll learn new things and make friends.


    Encourage school involvement.

    Though you don't want your teenager to become overly committed, it's important to encourage participation in one or two activities that particularly interest them. They’re more likely to be engaged academically if they feel connected through a school activity, club or sport.  Talk to them about goals for the school year and how they might like to be involved in school outside of the classroom.

    Be actively involved yourself.

    Join the school’s PTA or PTSA and be actively involved, regardless of whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school.  Serve as a volunteer for the school whenever possible. 


    Have daily communication with your child.  Ask open-ended questions about their school day – questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer.   


    Early to bed, early to rise.

    If your child has enjoyed a vacation of later-than-normal bedtimes and lazy mornings, getting them up for school on the first day can be difficult. Help make this transition easier by starting the school-year sleep routine a week or two in advance.


    Prepare the night before.

    To avoid the morning rush, organize what you can the night before. Lay out clothes and assemble any supplies your child may need. Be sure to get everyone up extra early so you'll have plenty of time to calmly get ready, eat a good breakfast, and get out the door on time.  


    Monitor performance.

    Review your child’s progress reports and report cards.  Contact your child’s teacher(s) or school counselor if you have concerns.  Keep in touch with them throughout the school year to help maintain a strong line of communication.


    Keep things at home stable.

    Provide and maintain a familiar home structure.  Try not to make changes to your child’s routine.  Maintain regular family events, such as family dinners, weekend outings, etc.   Also, have dedicated time each night for your child to do homework and read.

Last Modified on July 26, 2018