As the first day of the 2014-15 school year approaches, please take a moment to use the following checklist to make sure your child is ready to begin a successful school year.
ü Enroll your child(ren). If you have not enrolled your child, please visit Student Information Systems at 1331 Franklin St SE. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, and proof of residency (example: utility bill, rent receipt, NOT a driver’s license, cell phone bill, or insurance bill).
ü Purchase school uniforms for any children in an elementary, K8 school, middle. Visit www.grps.org/uniforms for more information. Check out our preferred vendors: Screen Ideas, Meijer, Lands’ End, and Salvation Army.
ü Sign up for LOOP and LOFT after school programs. Sign-ups will be held in your child’s school.
ü Take any middle school or high school children for an athletic physical. A physical dated on or after April 15, 2014 must be on file before a student can participate in athletics. GRPS offers sports physicals at their health centers at Union, Ottawa Hills, and City High School.
ü Know what time your child’s school starts and ends. Make note of when breakfast is served.
ü Update your contact information. You can use www.grps.org/contactinfo or talk to your child’s school secretary.
ü Attend orientation.
ü Plan a safe route to and from school. Talk to your child about how to safely walk to and from school or the bus stop. Use a sidewalk whenever possible. Make sure they know how to cross the street. Emphasize how important it is that they never get in a vehicle or go home with a stranger and to tell a trusted adult immediately if a stranger approaches them.
ü Review the Uniform Discipline Code, also known as the Student Policy Handbook, at www.grps.org/studentpolicyhandbook. Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal has emphasized the importance of fair, firm, and consistent discipline. The Uniform Discipline Code outlines the rules, procedures, and expectations for students, and how issues including disruptive behavior, discipline, and school safety related issues will be handled.
ü Pick up a copy of the Parent Manual. It is available online at www.grps.org. It is a wonderful parenting resource with monthly educational items and activities.
ü Talk to your child about expectations. Let them know that you believe in them and know they will have a good school year. Tell your child that you will be there to help and support them.