Back to School Resources

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

K-12 Resources

Not ready for college, browse these Nevada student resources. Be prepared for back to school and make this the best one yet.

Nevada 211 (School Supplies and other Resources)

NDE Family Resources

READ Nevada Partnership

Nevada Ready 21 ( 21st Century Skills Initiative)

Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness for economically disadvantaged children by enhancing their social and cognitive development through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Head Start programs serve children ages 3-5 and their families. Head Start Program Locator

Back to School Supplies List for All Grades | 2022-23 Shopping Checklist ( – Provides a general list for the supplies kids might need in every grade.

Additional Resources for Youth

Communities In Schools of Nevada

CIS of Nevada is one of the largest state operations within the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. CIS of Nevada uses an evidence-based model, implemented by trained site coordinators, to connect students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources. This involves working directly with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support.

(CIS School sites located in Clark, Washoe, Elko and Humboldt Counties)

Nevada Educational Advocacy Center for Children and Youth

Mission: To create a culture of advocacy and improve the education of children and youth with disabilities through awareness, support and training.

Nevada PEP

Mission: To increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.

P2I - Path to Independence

An inclusive, two-year, non-degree certificate program offering a college experience to students with intellectual disabilities.

A collaborative effort of UNR's Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED), the University of Nevada Reno Extended Studies Department, (UNR EXS), Sierra Regional Center (SRC), the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Lyon County School District and Washoe County School District.

Each student and their invited guests participate in Person Centered Planning (PCP) each semester. The results of the plan determines the level and direction of academic involvement. The STAR (Students Transitioning to Adult Roles) planning process is used, which includes the areas of Academic Enrichment, Independent Living, Self-Determination, Campus & Community Engagement, and Career Development & Employment.

Washoe County-Specific Resources

Cochran Education
FAQ - Educational Quick Facts About Youth in Foster Care
Summer 2021 Prep courses – for incoming 7th, 8th and 9th graders.
WCSD 2021-2022 Calendar

The 4 Back-to-School Facts Guaranteed to Make You Smarter

  1. There’s a diagnosable fear about going to school
    Didaskaleinophobia, an acute fear of going to school, affects approximately 2.4 percent of children.
  2. Apples and teachers go way back
    Parents in 16th-century Denmark started sending their kids to school with an apple because teachers weren’t making enough money to buy food.
  3. School supplies are expensive
    On average, families spend $700 on school supplies every year — which means the school supply industry makes approximately $80 billion annually from these sales.
  4. It's a ritual
    Including college, approximately 78 million students go back to school every fall.

Back to School Safety Tips (Nevada Department of Transportation)

Children travel to school in many different ways – by bus, car, on bicycle, scooter, or by foot. Teaching kids about traffic safety is a priority for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

We like to say that safety is a two-way street: it’s the job of responsible pedestrians and attentive motorists to safely navigate through our daily commutes.

Walking or Biking to School

  • By car, bicycle and/or foot, families should conduct a test trip between home and school before the school year begins. Access and other roadway conditions can change over the summer, even on previously-familiar routes. Familiarize yourself with distance, travel time, safe crossing areas and more. Use this test trip as an opportunity to remind children of traffic safety practices.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Encourage your child to walk in groups with other children. You can also check with your school for more information to Initiate a “walking school bus”.
  • Ensure that children on a bicycle, scooter, or skates have a well-fitting helmet with bright colored clothing to increase visibility.
  • If riding, check brakes and air in tires before each ride.
  • Make sure that there is no loose clothing or gear, such as loose pant legs, backpack straps or shoelaces, which could become caught in your bike chain. Also wear sneakers when biking. Sandals, flip-flops, shoes with heels, and cleats won't help you grip the pedals.
  • Only cross at designated crosswalks. Obey all traffic signs, traffic lights, and crossing guard instructions. If you’re on a bike or scooter, walk and don’t ride through the crosswalk.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises to follow the tried-and-true rule: Look left-right-left before crossing any street. To make sure that they see you, make eye contact with all approaching drivers before crossing the street.
  • Walk or ride predictably in a straight line without weaving in and out of traffic. Travel in the same direction as traffic and on the sidewalk whenever possible.
  • Always remain alert and attentive to your surroundings, with your eyes focused on the road ahead. Do not listen to music that could distract from the roadway sounds and alerts around you.

Riding the School Bus

  • Stay five steps away from the curb.
  • Always wait for the bus driver to tell you when to board.
  • Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
  • Exit the bus when it stops, look left-right-left, and take five steps away from the bus toward the curb.
  • Children should always enter and exit the bus at designated locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

  • Always wear your seatbelt while operating or as a passenger in a vehicle.
  • Do not text or talk on your phone while operating a vehicle. It is dangerous and against the law in Nevada.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Check crosswalks to ensure pedestrians aren’t present, obey traffic signs, speed limits, and proceed slowly through school zones.
  • Stop for a school patrol safety officer or crossing guard using hand signals or holding a sign.
  • Do not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. This forces pedestrians to have to move around you, putting them in the way of moving traffic
  • Per state law, no u-turns or passing are allowed in Nevada active school zones or school crossing zones.

Nevada School Districts Websites

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