School Preparations

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

Like most parents, Sarah Balsley finds the first day of school a little tough.

Balsley says, "I have a hard time with it. I hate to send my babies back. I have a hard time with it."

But she's doing the right thing by coming in and talking with her son's first grade teacher. It's relaxing for Sarah, but it's also prepping teacher Katie Lockridge about her future student.

Katie Lockridge says, "It gives them a comfort zone. It makes them know that it's okay."

Teachers say prepping your kids mentally is the first step and prepping them with the right supplies is the next.

Thomas C. McSwain teacher Barbara Alexander says, "Names on everything. That's important. That would be very helpful because they bring in lots of school supplies so it helps to have their names on things."

Getting to school is only half the battle. Don't forget to set up a game plan so your child knows how to get home.

Brenda Nair is a first grade teacher at McSwain Elementary. Nair says, "Sometimes they don't think about that and they need to make sure their child knows how to get home at the end of the day."

You need to make sure your child knows if they're riding the bus and if so, which bus number. If you think your child will forget, notify the school.

Barbara Alexander says, "That's very important. We don't want any little distressed children in the afternoon not know where they're supposed to go."

High school teachers have different concerns. Mainly on how students will adjust to a new schedule.

Robert E. Lee High School teacher Doug Lane says, "They're going from a 45 minute to an 85 minute class time so it's a little tough for them."

As long as they're prepared, most students do just fine.

Robert E. Lee High School teacher Chase Hughes says, "A lot of cases, it's just going to be a different environment for many on em', but there's some of em that are just gonna take it in, stride and know what's going on and we're looking forward to having all of our students come back this year."

Augusta County schools start this Wednesday and Rockingham County schools start next Tuesday.

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