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Back to School Preps for All Students

School Begins at DVUSD Schools on August 7

back to school sign with a pencil Advice for Parents & Students: Start preparing now!  Before school begins, Deer Valley Unified School District suggests steps parents and children can take to have a successful school year.

1 Week Before School Starts

  • If attending a new school, try to visit your child's school at least one week in advance.


For Kindergarten Students

  • Set “getting-ready for school” morning routines.
  • Do a “dry run” of the new morning routine, whether it is walking to the bus stop, driving to the new school, walking together to the new classroom, etc. to see how much time it will take.
  • The night before the first day of school, pack your child's lunch, help him or her pick out a favorite outfit, and lay out all supplies to be ready in the morning.
  • Limit after-school activities at first. Your child will be pouring everything into adjusting to a new full-day routine.


For Elementary (Grades K-6) Students

  • Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least a week before school begins.
  • Be sure you know ahead of time the start and dismissal hours for school by checking the schedule here 
  • Once school begins: Review the material sent by your child’s school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign-ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities.


For Middle School and High School Students

 

2 Weeks Before School Starts

  • Talk to your child about what he or she is looking forward to and what they may nervous about Use the EZSchoolPay website here to put funds toward your child’s school lunch account.


For Kindergarten Students

  • Review proper bathroom etiquette such as washing hands or flushing the toilet with your child.
  • Begin setting a consistent bedtime, and work on a morning routine that allows your child as much sleep as possible. Kindergarten can be exhausting for the first few weeks.
  • Make a plan to pack lunch wisely. Look for items that can be eaten quickly and that your child can open independently.


For Elementary (Grades K-6) Students

  • Visit your school’s website to find out about any before-school-starts events such as Back to School or Meet the Teacher Nights.


For Middle School and High School Students

  • Access student draft schedules on the PowerSchool website here. If you do not have a parent logon, you can get one from your school.
  • Visit your school’s website to find out about any before-school-starts events such as Middle School or High School Walkthrough Registration or Orientation, Freshman or New Student Camps, etc. At these events, students will receive draft schedules, parking passes, athletic pass, etc.
 

3 Weeks Before School Starts

For all Students

  • Ensure your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. For specific information about immunization requirements click here. Make copies of all of your child’s health and emergency information for reference.
  • Have a plan for school lunches, transportation to and from school, and what to do if you are late for after school pick up.


For Kindergarten Students

  • Label EVERYTHING with your child’s first and last name! Items to label include backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, umbrella handles, inside jackets, sports equipment and anything else he or she might lose.
  • Practice building listening skills, taking turns, sharing, and following directions – these are vital to a 5 or 6 years old’s success in kindergarten.


For Elementary (Grades K-6) Students

  • Check to make sure your child has at least one pair of sturdy shoes that fit well for physical education classes.
  • Visit DVUSD’s before and after school program website here for information on a safe, on-site, enriching environment for students before and after their regularly scheduled school day


For Middle School and High School Students

  • If your child will be involved in fall athletics they will need to have his or her Athletic packets completed and ready to submit. This includes medical clearance forms and other documents that must be completed prior to try-outs and practice. Click here for Athletic Forms and information.