5 Tips to Start the School Year Right
Posted by Lisa D. on August 21, 2017 in Acuity

Depending upon where you live in the country, school has already started or will soon begin. You’ve probably already bought new school supplies and clothes to take advantage of all the great back-to-school sales. Be sure to buy extra for later in the year as well!


Here are 5 tips to help the new school year be a success.


  1. Establish a routine for your children with set times to get up, do homework, eat dinner, and go to bed. It’s a good idea to start the schedule a week or so prior to the start of school.
  2. Use a shared family calendar. Google Calendar is a popular choice, allowing you to set up different calendars for each family member and share those calendars in a convenient, online, color-coded format. Be sure to note school events, practice schedules, work events, and appointments in one consistent location. You might also want to note when big school projects are due.
  3. Eat healthy. This can be tough with busy school schedules, but a good diet will help children concentrate better during the school day. Have healthy “grab and go” options available in the fridge for when time is tight.
  4. Help your child be successful with homework. Be sure your child has time set aside in your family's schedule for homework and homework spaces are quiet and free of distractions.
  5. Be involved.  Ask questions about school days that go beyond yes/no answers, show interest in school activities and events, and volunteer when you can. Be sure to read all the communications that come from your school.


In addition, don’t forget about insurance. Ask your agent about “scheduling” coverage for higher value items that travel to school, such as musical instruments. This can provide broader coverage and specified dollar amounts per item. If you have a college student, your homeowners’ coverage should automatically extend to cover property at school, but it’s a good idea to check your policy to be sure.  

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has over 14 years of experience in the auto insurance industry, including 12 years at ACUITY. She obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance for two years before starting at ACUITY, where she focuses on researching new auto coverages, helping with the auto pricing system, and leading auto insurance-related projects. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

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