High School Checklist
created on Dec 27, 2011
You know you will need paper and pencils, binders, folders, a ruler, and a calculator (if your school allows them). Your school should let you know how much of each item to buy.
Different teachers will require specific sizes of binders; and map pencils, a compass, and other such supplies will be needed for different classes.
Spend the money to get a good one - wear and tear will take its toll, and buying quality means not having to replace it before the year's end.
If your school requires uniforms, buy early and have a tailor custom fit them to your child. Find out what regulations apply for hair length, jewelry, and footwear. Don't forget clothes for PE.
Most schools demand a record of all shots be submitted, or else a signed affidavit attesting to a religious conviction exempting the child because of their parents' beliefs.
A physical is required for most children entering high school - a special physical may be needed for athletes competing in various sports.
Any medication your child is on that must be administered during school hours must be submitted to the school nurse along with permission to administer and instructions for dosing.
Any disability, medical condition or allergies should be made known to school officials. If severe conditions exist, a medical bracelet is a good idea.
This applies to students on sports teams, in the band or on the cheer squad.
Sports players need equipment, band members need instruments, cheerleaders need pompoms.
Parents are expected to contribute in some way, monetarily or with service.
In some districts, textbooks must be purchased.
Many high schools have fees for the science lab.
Fees for these may be steep, especially for overnight trips. Plan ahead.
Even if you don't buy the whole package, school portraits are nice to have to chronologically track your child through their school years.
This is an important commemorative item.
Be prepared to shell out for dresses and mums, tuxes and corsages - maybe even a limo.
Every school has them - the necessary evil.
Make a point of getting to know the principal, vice principal, secretary, school nurse, counselor, and all of the teachers.
Find out what extra programs are offered to further socialize your child.
Set strict rules for getting homework done from week one.
Go over the school policy handbook and make sure your child understands what is expected of them, both academically and personally - and consequences for bad behavior.
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