Back to school already? Lake Tahoe Unified School District provides tips for hesitant students |

Back to school already? Lake Tahoe Unified School District provides tips for hesitant students

Autumn Whitney
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Not every student is eager to go back to school. If your child is struggling with the concept of the academic year’s oncoming start, below are “Tips for the Leery Back-to-Schooler,” provided by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Make sure your child connects up with a few friends in the days before school starts, or arrange to meet up with friends in a carpool, at school, or on the bus.

Remind your child that just about every other student feels the same way that they do. Suggest that if they see another student that looks lost or worried, that they help them find their class, or offer to play with them on the playground. They’ll make a new friend, feel empowered, and those butterflies will fly away.

You can also remind them that school’s way more fun than staying home, or going to summer camp (just say it), and let’s not forget: the best friends they’ll have at school, who really can’t wait to meet them and see them again, are their teachers!

Let them know that all those Olympians and dreams-come-true didn’t get there without an education!

Start a good book this weekend. Your kids will feel like they’re already ahead of the game, and there’s nothing like a great adventure, mystery, or whatever you fancy, to look forward to throughout the day.

Oh, and by the way, summer’s not really over until Sept. 21 (as in Summer Solstice).

“I have one back-to-schooler that is leery and every year is a struggle — she started counting the hours down today and asks that we ‘please not talk about it.’ My other daughter can’t wait for the first day,” LTUSD public information officer Shannon Chandler said in an email on Thursday, Aug. 25.

She offered one more tip for those approaching the school year:

“A sharp backpack means a lot to a kid. Often, they can be used two years in a row, so if last year’s backpack is still in good shape, make sure it gets a good wash before the first day of school. Gentle cycle, with zippers open, detergent of course, and hang dry — it will come out looking great,” Chandler said in the same email.

The LTUSD academic year begins on Monday, Aug. 29.

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