We’re back to school, officially, in our house. I miss my kids when they go back to school, but this year I really was ready for them to return. They needed their time away from each other, and school is perfect for that. What I didn’t look forward to, though, were the dreaded BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS.
Every year, THE FORMS.
I have to block out a half hour each night for the first two weeks for FORMS.
Believe me, I have all the respect in the world for our teachers and our school system. But I find that year after year, I’m filling out the same forms for our school district. I can’t believe that they haven’t figured out a way to either have us update or confirm our information from the prior year hasn’t changed.
Here is my golden back to school tip: this year, fill out your forms with the information that will not change every year. Your child’s name, birthdate, and (unless you’re planning on moving) your address and phone number.
Now scan it. Many people have access to a scanner at the office. Our printer at home has a scanning capability. If you don’t have access to a scanner, there are quite a few scanning apps available nowadays for smartphones. They don’t work as well as a regular document scanner, but I would imagine they’ll do the trick if need be.
Once you have the file scanned (I recommend scanning it to a PDF file,) store it somewhere where you can find it next year! I have, for example, both kids’ Emergency Information sheets stored in my Google Docs as a .pdf file. Each year, I print it out, add the information that has changed (teacher and grade, or example) and then turn it in. Not only am I saving time, I’m saving my hand from cramping up!