Friday, August 7, 2009

Back to School

The telltale signs are all around us. School buildings are once again alive with activity. Special displays are up at local stores offering supplies and clothing. High school bands are outside mornings and early evenings working on marching and playing music at the same time. Children, school personnel, parents and other involved people are gearing up for another school year.

Below are links to information that might be of help to you in preparing your scholar for the year ahead.

Welcome back!
(Message from Kansas Commissioner of Education, Alexa Posny)

Kansas 2008/2009 School Directory
(Most recent available online)

Search for Public Schools
(Locating local public schools across the nation)

Questions and Tips for Parents, Schools and the Community
(Questions to consider about your child's school)

Kansas K-12 School Reports
(The Kansas Department of Education assists you in finding out more about your local schools)

Kansas Education Resource Center
(Standards and tools for Kansas teachers... of interest to parents too!)

Charter Schools in Kansas
(What are charter schools? How do they work? Would they benefit my child?)

21st Century Community Learning Centers
(From the US Dept of Education: "This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children")

Help My Child to Read
(Resources from the US Dept of Education for parents)

Helping Your Preschool Child
(Starting early to prepare your child for his/her future)

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2009
(Coming to a library near you this fall! Sponsored by the Kansas Center for the Book)

My Child's Special Needs:
Information from the US Dept of Education on:

--Learning English as a second language
--Civil Rights of Students

Kansas School and Child Care:
Immunization Requirements
(The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reminds us of what vaccines our children need)

Stop School Violence Hotline
("If you think someone at school may hurt themselves or someone else you can’t stay silent...")

Child Nutrition and Wellness
(A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind)

Back-to-School Safety
(Though somewhat dated this information still rings true)

Childhood Injury Fact Sheets
(SafeKids Kansas gives basic information on injury prevention and treatment)

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