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Back-to-school guide for Raleigh, NC

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Whether you’re a parent with kids in Pre-K through 12th grade, a teacher preparing to welcome pupils, or a college student headed back to one of our local universities — we know “back to school” is looking very different this year.

And with less than three weeks remaining until school starts, we know you’ve probably got a lot on your to-do list. As always, our goal here at RALtoday is to help you prepare for and engage with whatever’s happening in our city, so today we’re sharing our comprehensive back to school guide + resources to help you hit the ground running this fall.

Some high-level, need-to-know stuff:

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School supplies list:

Pro-tips for at-home learning:

  • Have kids get dressed like they usually would for school. This helps to establish routine and expectations for productivity during the day.
  • Structure is just as important as ever. It is recommended that students have a dedicated work space away from televisions and other distractions.
  • Create a schedule that works for the whole family — and stick to that schedule for consistency. For parents: establish your own schedule and communicate with other family members so they understand how to respect your time.
  • Take breaks. A good rule of thumb is 10 minutes for every 60 minutes of work completed. Additionally, use the National PTA’s guidelines for homework10 minutes per grade level, e.g. a 3rd grader might be assigned ~30 minutes of supplemental work outside of regular school instruction.
  • Help maintain children’s social connections by connecting them virtually with classmates for study groups, fun activities, or simply to chat during lunchtime. Find out more here.

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