• Schedule a meeting with the principal as close to the start of the school year as possible to talk about about how your group can support the school as it adapts/adjusts/responds to the pandemic.

  • In that vein, plan some summer board meetings to share thoughts and information on the fall. (It’s also a good way for any new officers to get to know people better). Follow your state’s guidelines–as well as members’ individual comfort levels—in terms of social distancing; meet virtually if needed.

  • Our “Fall 2020: How Parent Groups Can Plan” discussion with six guest panelists offers advice, tips, and information to help groups plan for back to school. Watch our webinar, check out the extended Q&A portion, and find resources that can help your group prepare for the new school year.

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  • Lots of communities have been hit hard, and many students could be starting school without the school supplies they need. Setting up a donation supply list on TeacherLists.com (our sister site) is a free, easy way to help get donated supplies to classrooms and kids who need them.

  • Take care of your teachers—they had a rough spring. Plan an easy virtual welcome back appreciation gesture, or take a look at our extended list of Teacher Appreciation Resources.

  • If you’re allowed into your school during the summer, think about sprucing it up (again, while following social distancing guidelines). Efforts like tidying up the front of the school, washing main windows, and updating your bulletin boards can give everyone a boost, including you.

  • Talk to the school nurse about what your parent group can do to help curb the spread of coronavirus (as well as cold and flu) at school.

  • Appoint someone the communication lead for your website and social channels to keep those resources quickly updated with information pertaining to back to school.

  • Review your bylaws. Be sure you’re familiar with them and that overall they’re up to date.

  • Because adults (and kids) are spending a lot more time online these days, our friends at Trend Micro are holding a series of free #StayAtHome webinars to support the ongoing education of parents everywhere. Join one of these 30-minute weekly sessions to discuss challenges and get answers from Trend Micro experts and guests on topics like managing your family’s privacy and dealing with cyberbullying. You can also watch the recorded sessions later.

  • If you haven’t yet, join our PTO and PTA Leaders & Volunteers Facebook group. With more than 36,000 leaders and volunteers like you, you’ll find connection and information when you need it.