Pine Bluff School District is offering tips for back to school. The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 13, for the district.

“With the beginning of a new school year only weeks away, everywhere you look stores are already stocked with back-to-school supplies,” according to a news release from Freddie Jolivette, director of communications/community outreach.

“Although the beginning of school is a welcome relief to many parents there is also anxiety as parents anticipate homework battles and working hard to overcome possible learning obstacles,” she said.

Parents should ask themselves the following questions: “Is my child ready to succeed? Am I ready to help?”

Research shows that there is a positive correlation between parent engagement and student success, according to the release.

Here are five effective things parents can do to help their child prepare for the upcoming school year:

• Start a couple of weeks before school begins to get the child used to the back-to-school routine by transitioning to earlier wake-up times and earlier bedtimes.

“Get the children to bed on time. During the summer, children aren’t always on a schedule, but proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year,” according to the release.

• Prepare the night before. Parents should help children settle into the routine of taking a few minutes each evening to lay out clothes, pack backpacks with homework and pack lunches.

“In fact, it might even be a good idea to consider organizing for the week,” according to the release.

• Communicate with the child’s teachers early and often. If it is a new school for the child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day. Bring the child to school a few days prior to class to play on the playground and get comfortable in the new environment.

• Prepare a study area in the home and have a designated time for study.

• Read together.

Details: Freddie Jolivette, Pine Bluff School District director of communications/community outreach, 870-850-2008/2009.