Back to School Checklist for School Districts

As the new year approaches, the corridors of schools buzz with anticipation and preparation. For school districts and educators, it's a time of careful planning, coordination, and setting the stage for another year of growth and learning. To help with these preparations, we’ve created this back-to-school checklist.

Here are some things to track as you get ready for the new year.

Meet New Staff and Build Relationships

This year, some students might not be the only new kids on the block. Take this opportunity to introduce your faculty and staff to any new members joining your district. Aim to build strong relationships among educators, administrators, and specialists. Don’t forget to reach out to any new vendors supporting your school, as these relationships can help to solve problems as they arise quickly.

Key Takeaway: Build relationships with new staff to foster a community that can tackle any challenges during the school year.

Evaluate Staff Training Needs

The special education landscape is ever-evolving, and staff might need additional training in some aspects, like software processes. Take this opportunity to assess the training needs of your staff. Ensure your team is well-equipped to meet these demands by offering targeted training programs covering critical areas.

Key Takeaway: Investing in staff training is an investment in student success. Equip your educators with the tools and knowledge they need.

Review Updates to IEP Software

Technology is a driving (and constantly changing) force in education. As you prepare for the new school year, take the time to review any changes to your IEP software. New features, enhancements, and bug fixes could have been included to make what was once a slow process quick and efficient.

Key Takeaway: Connect with your vendor to review software changes to be prepared for the new school year.

Check-in with Staff and Offer Support

Teachers are at the heart of delivering effective special education services. As the new school year kicks off, take the time to check in with your teaching staff. Understand their needs, challenges, and aspirations for the coming year. Offer them the necessary resources, tools, and professional development opportunities to ensure they are well-prepared to meet the diverse needs of their students.

Key Takeaway: Supporting teachers is critical to a successful school year.


Special education takes center stage as school districts and educators gear up for the new academic year. By following this checklist, you’re helping your school district start the year off on the right foot.

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