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Back to School Checklist

Need a quick list of back-to-school resources? We have you covered? We will update this page frequently. Please check back.

Last updated July 5, 2024.

When is the first day of school?

Mark your calendar! The first days of school depend on your student's grade:

  • Grades 6–12: Wednesday, September 4, 2024
  • Grades 1–5: Friday, September 6 (Family Connection meetings, Sept 4–5)
  • Kindergarten: Monday, September 9 (Family Connection meetings, Sept 4–6)
  • Preschool: Thursday, September 12

Riding the bus?

All bus riders must register to ride the bus! The deadline for guaranteed first-day transportation is August 16, 2024! When will route information be posted? August 30, the information will appear in the SMART tag.

Bus Registration

Note: If a registered bus rider doesn't ride the bus for 20 days, their bus-riding privileges will be suspended until the Transportation Department is contacted. See the Transportation FAQ.

Need school supplies?

  • Elementary Schools: See the list or purchase one of our supply kits online & pick up at your school office.
  • Secondary Schools: Supplies for secondary schools depend on the school. Some schools have full lists (check their website), and some schools only ask for basic supplies (loose-leaf paper, pens & pencils, etc.)
  • Need assistance? Every school has been given free supply donations from Little Red School House. Please contact your school for free supplies.

New phone number or email address?

Review your family info in Skyward Family Access and contact your school office with updates.

Complete back-to-school forms in Skyward 

Log into your Skyward Family Access account and complete these forms. Need access? Contact your school office!

  • Home Language Survey
  • Verify Military Parent or Guardian Affiliation
  • Acknowledge that the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook has been made available to you on the NTPS website.

Elementary student?

Families of students in grades K-5 will be invited to Family Connections Meetings September 4–6 to get to know their teacher and prepare for the new year! Watch for signup instructions from your school at the end of August.

What about lunch money? 

Thanks to funding from state and national school nutrition programs, 17 NTPS schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students in the 2024-25 school year!

Five NTPS schools will have paid breakfast and lunch service in the 2024-25 school year. Families at these schools can still qualify for free meals by filling out the Child Nutrition Application in Skyward, or top up your lunch account balance in the online payment portal

If you qualify for free meals even if your school is already providing free meals, you can waive athletics and other fees, so fill out the application! Child Nutrition Application information.

Need Immunizations?

Now is the time to make sure your students are up-to-date on all vaccines required for school.

  • Come to the free Immunization Clinic August 15 from 4:00–7:00 pm (walk-in or appointment) at North Thurston High School.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students.

Need Dental Care?

SmileMobile will be in Lacey in the Timberline High School parking lot in August. Look for date and time information from the district soon.

Get to know your school!

Check their website calendar for an open house, orientation, or other back-to-school events. School buildings open to the public in August on the dates below:

  • High Schools: Open Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • Middle Schools: Open Monday, August 5, 2024
  • Elementary Schools: Open Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Need something different?

Our choice schools are still enrolling for this fall!  

Want to volunteer?

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