With Kids Likely Returning to School in the Fall, Here's a List of Things They Might Need

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With Kids Likely Returning to School in the Fall, Here's a List of Things They Might Need


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Many schools are carefully planning for an in-person return (with masks!) to school for fall 2021, so it's a good time to take a fresh look at your school shopping list. Unlike last year, children's backpacks and lunch boxes (and lots of hand sanitizer!) will soon be a vital part of your child's school supplies again. And even if they're doing homeschooling or virtual learning this fall, it's still important that each student is properly equipped to have a successful school year. This non-exhaustive list breaks down the most essential school supplies for each grade — from elementary to college. If you want the smoothest transition back to school possible, print out the list that fits your needs and bring it with you to the store, so you can get in and get out fast. Or, do your school shopping online — pens, college dorm room essentials, mini fridges and more — so you can enjoy your final days of the season.

Where to get school supplies for free

Pro tip: you can get free school supplies, backpacks and uniforms if you don't have the resources to get your own. Contact your school district, who can help lead you to the right contacts or let you know about upcoming supply drives and events. Also, teachers can apply to charity organizations like The Kids in Need Foundation to help supplement items in the classroom.

Just getting started? Find more back-to-school tips, tricks and ideas here.

Kindergarten

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Elementary School: Grades 1-3

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Elementary School: Grades 4-5

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Middle School & High School

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College

Academic Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Dorm Furnishings

Dorm Supplies

Toiletries

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