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Even though it hasn't been too long since the school year let out, it is already a good time for parents who are divorced, as well as those who are going through a divorce, to work through what is going to happen when school starts again. Ironing out everything now might help make the transition to a new school year a bit easier.
All parents who are going through this have to realize that school employees are familiar with the challenges that come with a divorce. Making sure that you let them know applicable parts of the plan can help them to help your children. Here are some points to consider:
What do the teachers need to know?
When you find out who your child's teachers are, contact them to let them know some basics about how the child is handling the divorce. This is especially important if there have been any emotional or behavioral challenges that have occurred since the divorce. The more information the teachers have, the better they might be able to assist the children with things that happen during the school day.
How will school supplies be handled?
You and your ex need to determine who is going to pay for school supplies, fees and extra curricular activities. In some cases, you can't decide this beforehand. You might need to have an open dialogue about this so that the child gets the necessary things without unnecessary delays.
What will the schedule be like?
This is a big consideration because you need to be realistic about who will handle transportation to and from school. Other points to think about include what is going to happen during school breaks, half days, and other changes that come during the year. Determine now which parent will be the primary point of contact if the child needs to come home from school or if there is an issue during the year.