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May 19, 2024

What 2020 Back-to-School Supplies Look Like

Back-to-school looks a lot different this year - and whether your family is opting for homeschooling, on-site, hybrid or all virtual learning, be prepared to have these basic school supplies on-hand, and remember, you've got this!

It’s important to remember the back-to-school essentials your children will need during the pandemic for the upcoming 2020 school year fast approaching. All the schools usually post a supply list online from kindergarten up to high school so be sure to regularly check your district’s website. 

  • Basic school supplies for young children will include pandemic staples such as hand sanitizer, cloth or disposable masks, and hydrogen peroxide or bleach wipes for school desks and surfaces.
  • It’s also important to remember to keep your child’s mental health a priority as their whole lives have been upended by the pandemic. Keeping a normal home and school routine that is structured and stable is essential to healthy functioning. This goes for parents, counselors, and teachers too! I, myself, have turned off the television to prevent obsessing about the pandemic, but I am keeping myself informed of the latest updates.
  • Younger kids also get excited about new and colorful backpacks often emblazoned with their favorite cartoon or Disney characters. WalMart, Target and Meijer often have a wide array of fabrics, colors and styles.
  • Basic school supplies (depending on your child’s grade) include pens, pencils, crayons and markers. Also rulers, post-it notes, notebooks, calculators and folders are needed for school-age and older. The educational system of the 21st century is digital and electronic with lessons online on the computer or IPAD. This is true for main stream curriculum and special needs classes as well.
An old school throwback from the 1980’s and 90’s – when I was a student was the Trapper Keeper (and I’m not sure if they’re still around now) – I know all the stores carried a variety of daily and monthly planners and organizers to keep class and after school schedules organized!
Best of luck this school year and remember you’re not alone in this. Join local mom groups on Facebook, and follow your district’s social media pages and ask an abundance of questions to help you along this new school journey, no matter which direction you are going. 

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