Updated for the 2023-24 School Year!

Back-to-School Checklist for Communications Leaders

Start the Year off Strong and Engage All Your Families

There’s a lot to get done over the summer to ensure school-home communications get off to a great start with each and every family. Here’s a checklist to help you make sure nothing is overlooked.

Based on our work over 10+ summers with thousands of schools and districts, it includes:

  • 4 steps to help you take stock of what’s working and where to improve
  • 5 ways to benchmark your processes and plans against K12 best practices
  • 6 items to include in your annual communications plan
  • 6 set-up / administrative tasks
  • 7 key launch activities to start your year off right

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Additional Resources

ParentSquare has created a second checklist that focuses on family engagement. Titled “7 Ways to Maximize Family Engagement When K12 Goes Back-to-School,” this checklist is organized into seven categories, each containing three or four task items.
In addition, ParentSquare has compiled a comprehensive selection of blog posts that provide back-to-school communications advice and guidance for educators at specific school and district levels: