Many families have started preparing for back to school.

Acting Superintendent for THE Foothills School Division, Pam Rannelli, says her number one tip is to start adjusting students back into a routine ahead of time.

"I think for parents the most important thing is start getting your kids back into those routines, so regular bed times, trying to replicate what the schedule looks like for school so it's not such a shock to their system on that first day of school, that's a big one. So regular bedtimes and limiting screen time."

When it comes to school supplies, the needs can vary for different ages as older students may use more technology.

Some teachers may have sent out school supply lists back in June.

If there's any confusion on what is required, families can contact teaches or the school.

Ranelli says it's important families feel comfortable reaching out to staff if students are feeling uneasy.

"If kids are anxious about going to school or they're struggling, you think it might be anxiety and it's becoming more of a problem, then reach out to us. Each school has a family school liaison counsellor that can work with parents and the child to help support that and encourage the child's attendance. We're there to work as your partner."

For new students, Ranelli recommends contacting teachers ahead of time and bringing students for a school tour so they'll more comfortable when the time comes for their first day.


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