When children enter a new school, the more they know about what to expect, the more comfortable their first days will be. You also will feel less anxious once you become acquainted with the school. As soon as you know where your son will be attending school, you will need to do the following things:
- Call the new school to find out when you can register your child and what you need to bring. Most schools require records from the previous school, immunization records, and a birth certificate. Your child's first day will be much easier if all the paperwork is done.
- Visit the school before the first day with your son. If you make an appointment, you should have the opportunity to speak with the principal or a counselor who can tell you more about the school. Make a list with your son of the questions you wish to ask.
- Ask for a tour of the school or permission to wander around so your son will feel more at home on the first day. Try to find out where his classroom will be, and make sure you visit the lunchroom, library, and gym.
- If your child will ride the bus, find out about times and pick-up points. If he will be walking or riding his bike to school, select the safest route from home to school.
- Most importantly, try to find neighbors who have children your son's age who will be attending his new school. Introduce yourself and your son to these families so he will see some familiar faces at his new school.