Returning to school can be nerve racking for parents and kids. It does not matter if your child is in elementary, middle, or high school. We all want our children to do well not only academically, but also socially. Many times kids will not ask for help in this area, but need it. You would be surprised how helpful asking some well-placed direct questions can be in getting important information from your child. I am posting a School Checklist I developed as a guide for asking questions of your child to help get a feel for how things are going at school. It is good to use the checklist questions as a “check-in” with your child from time to time during the school year, as well.


Are you being treated well by classmates?

  • Are you being ignored?
  • Bullied?
  • Picked on?
  • Laughed at?

Are you being treated well by teachers?

  • Are they patient?
  • Do they answer your questions?
  • Do you feel comfortable asking questions if you need help?

How are classes going?

  • Do you need help?
  • Are you understanding?
  • Are you finding your classes interesting?

How is lunch?

  • Do you have someone to sit with?
  • Are the people you are sitting with nice to you?
  • Do they talk to you or ignore you?

How are friends?

  • Are you seeing your old friends?
  • Do you see them at lunch?
  • Hallway?
  • In class?
  • Are you making new friends?