Back-to-School Resources

News 12 is providing parents and students with resources that will help them have a successful 2022-23 academic year.


If you are looking to skip the back-to-school butterflies, here’s how you and your child can get ready for the day and make the transition easier. 

There are many steps you can take to help your child get the school year off to a healthy start! Looking for ways to find a doctor, or immunization requirements for your state? Here’s your back-to-school health list.

Common colds, strep throat, flu and allergies all share many symptoms of COVID-19. Click here for a chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that compares the symptoms of COVID-19 and some common illnesses.

The American Heart Association recommends that children eat a wide variety of foods while consuming enough calories to support their growth and development. A heart-healthy school lunch is important! Here are some tips parents can follow when packing a lunch.

Can your elementary school-aged kid open these 5 items? What to pack, and NOT to pack for their lunch.

The national school breakfast and lunch programs are federally assisted meal programs operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Click here for information on how families qualify and how to apply.


Students are back on the road taking the bus, walking or bicycling to school! It’s important for parents to teach them about bus, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The guides below can help keep them safe:

School buses and students are back on the road! These tips for drivers help protect children.

Is your child taking the school bus? Here are tips to keep them safe.

Here are eight tips for children walking or bicycling to school.


Did you know that almost 94% of fatal campus fires occur off campus and alcohol is factor on three quarters of them? Whether you're heading to college for the first time, or as a returning student, these safety measures are a good start to ensure a safe college experience.


Chances are students are getting ready to go back to school with one or more devices tagging along. 

Most students are now equipped with a laptop, tablet or smartphone, so it’s a good idea to get them, and their tech ready for any possible hack. Below are some tech safety tips that will help get them ready:

Get your kids tech ready for school with these seven tips.

Things you can do right now to protect your smart home devices from hackers.

Do you constantly reuse the same username and password? Six steps to help safeguard your online accounts.

Identity theft can happen to anyone. Reduce your risk with these four tips.


The guides below will help you get the best supplies your children need for a successful school year!

Must-have supplies for back to school 2022-23.

Tips to help you purchase the best back-to-school computer.

Tips for buying school uniforms and where to find deals.

When shopping - parents and students should keep some tips in mind to help them avoid overspending and make smarter financial decisions. Below are some guides and information:

Tips for smart back-to-school shopping from NYC's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

Tips for college students: What you should know to use credit cards more responsibly.

Tips to spot fake shopping sites and avoid being scammed.


Looking for more information on the State of our Schools? Click on the links below for updates from the tri-state area:

Bronx State of our Schools

Brooklyn State of our Schools

Connecticut State of our Schools

Hudson Valley State of our Schools

Long Island State of our Schools

New Jersey State of our Schools

Westchester State of our Schools