Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


This site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.


Start the School Year Off Right with USAGov’s 8 Tips for 2018

Date: August 2, 2018
 Three girls and three boys standing in a math class. Brought to you by USAGov

Are you and your kids ready for the new school year? Back to school season can be a busy and challenging time — start the year off right with these eight tips.

  1. Don’t skip the shots. Your pediatrician can tell you which vaccinations your kids need each year. Check if your family qualifies for low-cost or free vaccines.
  2. Shop the sales. Some states have sales tax holidays in August for clothes and school supplies. Take advantage of the deals and save money.
  3. Get smart about smart phones. Talk to your kids about cyberbullying, appropriate phone behavior, and staying safe online.
  4. Be on track for college. Advise your middle or high schooler to prepare for higher education through their classes, extracurricular activities, and even chores at home.
  5. Beat the after-school blues. Encourage your kids to get involved in extracurricular activities at school or in the community. Learn how to find quality after-school child care in your area.
  6. Discuss drug abuse. While painkiller use is down among teens, vaping has become popular. Talk about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and other drugs with your children.
  7. Nurture nutritious eating. Your children may be entitled to free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school. Find out if they’re eligible and how to apply.
  8. Ditch the stress. Students can worry about grades, friends, bullying, or changing schools. Help your kids respond to stress in healthy ways.
  • Can you believe the kids are going back to school already?

    Yep, it’s that time of the year! And to make it a little easier, USAGov has 3 resources to help get the school year started: 

    Make sure your kids get those shots! 

    Go to to find out which vaccinations your kids need for the start of the school year.

    If you can’t afford to get your kids vaccinated, you may be eligible for the CDC’s free Vaccines for Children Program. Find out more at

    2. Enrolling your kids in an afterschool program?  
    Go to  to find your school district online. Your state education department might also have programs your kids can join to pick up some cool skills and experiences after class is done. 
    3. Teach your kids how to deal with bullying. 
    Empower them with tips from to help them stand up for themselves and stay safe on the playground and online. 

    Get more tips for a great school year. Check out USAGov’s Back To School Guide for Teachers and Parents.

    Connect with USAGov. Your guide to government information and services at 

    Contact us online, through email & chat, social media and by phone at 1-844-USAGOV1.

You might also like …

Share This Page:
Facebook Twitter Email