FOX13′s 13 essential items for your Back-to-School checklist

MID-SOUTH — Kids are returning to the classrooms this fall, and that means parents are heading to grab all those must-have items.

As students return to in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents can help them prepare for success by stocking up on the necessary essentials.

Here’s a list of 13 items parents need on that Back To School checklist:

1. Hand sanitizers and wipes

Using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes can help keep germs away and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2. Sunscreen

Pack sunscreen to protect your child’s skin at recess.

3. Kleenex

Keep tissue on hand for your child’s occasional sniffles.

4. Pens and pencils

Make sure your child has plenty of writing tools to use - and share!

5. Crayons, markers and art supplies

Help your child get creative with a variety of art supplies. Most can be found at dollar and discount stores.

6. Paper and notebooks

Make sure your child has plenty of paper for writing assignments and homework.

7. Backpack

Help your child pick out a sturdy backpack that’s no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight.

8. Lunchbox

Lunchtime might look different with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Help them pick out a lunchbox to store healthy meals and snacks in single-serve packages.

9. Face mask

If your child will be wearing a face mask, choose one made of washable, breathable fabric that fits well and completely covers nose and mouth. Consider purchasing a lanyard to keep the mask from getting lost!

10. Gym clothes

Choose breathable gym wear that fits properly and allows for plenty of movement.

11. Shoes

Choose shoes that are safe, non-slip and fit comfortably based on any school guidelines.

12. Electronics

Make sure your child has the proper digital device for school, especially if they are doing any virtual classes. Keep devices charged and clean them regularly.

13. Planner

Help keep your child organized and be part of planning their own schedule with a sturdy planner. Kids can keep track of assignments, homework, activities and more.