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

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Parents search for last-minute school supplies before their students head back to class.
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Sometimes things arrive early and it's cause for celebration. Sometimes things arrive early and it's too soon to wear wool pants. August 14, 2012 is the first day of school for students of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and we figured you might like a little help jumpstarting the season.

From fashions to supplies, from study tips to tech solutions, from what to pack for lunch to where to pin the bus number on the sleeve, KPCC has you covered with expert guides from specialized corners of the internet playground.

Please share in the comments below your best "Back to School" pro tips, guidelines, suggestions, and links!


1. New and bestselling backpacks (Amazon)

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

3. 21 Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Love (RealSimple)

4. Danica McKellar’s 5 tips to conquer math phobia (Winnie Cooper!)

5. Back to school tech guide (C|net)

6. Today, I Am a Freshman: Stories of the very first day of high school (Rookie)

7. Neato back to school products (Neato Shop)

8. Should you get your kid an iPad or laptop? (Mashable)

9. Buzzworthy back to school list (Buzzfeed)

10. Where to get free pertussis shots for your 7th grader (Patch)

11. School shopping deals (Huffington Post)

12. School shopping tips (Today Show)

13. Warning: Not everything labeled 'Back to School' section is applicable (Tosh.0/Comedy Central)

14. What your preschooler needs to know (About/Preschoolers)

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

16. Back to school gaming guide (Engadget)


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. @LAtams - Tami Abdollah, "@kpcc #education journo + breaking news. Ex-LATer. Native Angeleno, techie; love music, climbing, soccer, #Lakers. RT ≠ endorsements. Tips:"

4. @AGuzmanLopez - Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, "Reporter for Southern California Public Radio/KPCC 89.3FM. I also write the Movie Miento blog."

5. @VanRomo - Vanessa Romo, "I am talking to you! (And secretly recording this.) LA/ 89.3 KPCC FM ·"

6. @LAMayorsOffice - LA Mayor's Office, "The official Twitter account for the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles"

7. @DrDeasyLAUSD - John Deasy, "Official Twitter for LAUSD superintendent John Deasy. Together we will work to ensure students are college-ready and career prepared."

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."


Waldo, I hope you find some friends this year.