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I don't feel tardy: The ultimate 'Back to School' survival guide for 2013

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The Earth's seasons will be rendered meaningless next Tuesday when Los Angeles Unified School District students are faced with the premature end of summer — Aug. 13, 2013 is the official first day of instruction for the "fall" session in the nation's second-largest school district. L.A. Unified waits for no equinox.

And that means it's time to prepare.

RELATED: "Back To School Guide" 2012

We thought you could use a hand, so KPCC gathered expert guides and specialized advice from all corners of the internet playground: from fashions to supplies, from study tips to tech solutions, from what to pack for lunch to where to pin on the school bus number.

Did we forget something? Share your best "Back to School" tips, guidelines, suggestions, and links in the comments below or on our Facebook page.


1. New and bestselling backpacks (Amazon)

2. 30 days of back-to-school outfits (Seventeen)

3. Back-to-school food planner (RealSimple)

4. 10 Sharp iTunes U Courses for Back-to-School (Mashable)

5. Back-to-school tech guide (C|net)

6. 31 ways to savor the final days of summer (Rookie)

7. The best back-to-school supplies & gadgets (Neato/RS/Buzzfeed)

8. 18 stylishly smart glasses for back-to-school (TeenVogue)

9. 23 ways Martha Stewart will school your morning routine (Martha Stewart)

10. Health tips for managing your child's stress (Mental Health America) 

11. L.A.’s best shops for school clothes (CBS LA)

12. Moms share their back-to-school secrets (Parents)

13. Back-to-school vaccinations: Are your kids up to date? (ABC LA)

14. 9 back to school beauty bargains (Style List)

15. 12 questions to ask about your child’s bus ride (About/Special)

16. Bullying and hate-motivated behavior prevention (CA Dept. of Education)

17. Down the rabbit hole of all things "BACK-TO-SCHOOL" (Pinterest)


1. @LASchools - LAUSD, "The official twitter for the Los Angeles Unified School District."

2. @PFedu - Pass/Fail, The official page for @KPCC's education team coverage

3. @AGuzmanLopez - Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Education Reporter / KPCC 

4. @DeepaKPCC - Deepa Fernandez, Early Childhood Education Reporter / KPCC 

5. @MaryPlummer - Mary Plummer, Arts Education Reporter / KPCC

6. @ELarrubia - Evelyn Larrubia, Education Editor / KPCC

6. @LAMayorsOffice - LA Mayor's Office, "Official Twitter account for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Tweets from the Mayor signed EG"

7. @DrDeasyLAUSD - John Deasy, "Official Twitter for LAUSD superintendent John Deasy."

8. @LACERstars - L.A.C.E.R., "The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs provide middle and high school students with free arts and literacy-based awesomeness."

9. @NPSEducation -  NPS Education, "An official source of National Park Service education program information for teachers and learners of all ages."