Back to School Checklist

Preparing children to go back to school can be hectic. Here is a back-to-school checklist to make it easier.



  • Schedule immunizations with your child’s pediatrician
  • Schedule sports physical exam with your child’s pediatrician
  • If your child needs medication at school, get a doctor’s note signed and drop off the medicine with the school nurse


  • Order uniforms
  • Inventory school clothes & shoes and buy as necessary
  • Waterproof jackets & umbrella
  • Plan outfits for the first week


  • Sign up for sports
  • Shoes & cleats if necessary for sport
  • Gym attire
  • Sports equipment

School Supplies (check to see if the school provides a specific list based on grade)

  • Bookbag
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Pencils, pencil case & sharpener
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Highlighter
  • Stapler
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mask (if required by school or suggested by your pediatrician)


  • Lunch box & water bottle
  • Organize lunch containers
  • Stock up on lunch and snack items
  • Add funds to school lunch card or have cash on hand
  • Prepare meals ahead of time for busy nights

Organize & Prepare

  • Clean out car and add school-related items such as sports equipment
  • Set up a homework area
  • Create a daily routine and communicate to everyone (wake up, breakfast, leave for school, dinner, homework, bedtime, etc.)
  • Create a school calendar with holiday breaks and extracurricular activities
  • If riding the bus, be sure to know where and when to wait before and after school
  • Schedule haircuts for the week before school
  • Two weeks before school implement earlier bedtime
  • One week before school start the morning routine

Hopefully, this back-to-school checklist will make the transition from summer to school much easier. Just a reminder to make your pediatrician appointments now so your child is ready for the first day of school.