Back to School Essentials for 2020


While times are still uncertain and schools are planning for the uncertainties this fall, when August rolls around it is always time for back to school shopping. This year back to school shopping may look a little different. There are some crucial items you’ll need to ensure your children are safe at school. Whether your school will be doing an adapted in-person learning, a hybrid model, or a full virtual learning experience, eventually the end goal is to get the kids back in the classroom. Here are some back to school essentials that will be necessary for the 2020-2021 school year.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be an essential item for returning to school. They most likely will not be supplied by the school themselves, so it is something to make sure you have plenty of.

I like the face shield as an option for a teacher or support staff, in my position, a speech therapist, so that students can see my mouth while talking.

Hand Sanitizer

Gotta keep those hands clean! The trial size hand sanitizers are great for on the go. It is now an essential item for my trips anywhere outside the house. I like to use a large refill bottle and refill the mini one when it gets low.

  • Germ-X Hand Sanitizer trial size: $.99 at Target
  • These travel size sanitizer holders will be a cute addition to your child’s latest new accessory – $15.95 for an 8 pack.
  • Here are some sanitizing wipes that may be helpful for a quick hand and face clean up – $1.49 for 15 wipes.

Disinfectant Wipes

I will be stocking up on disinfectant wipes for my return to school this year. Disinfectant wipes are said to kill 99.9% of germs and the cold/flu virus. At about $3.19 for 75 disinfectant wipes, you’ll want to stock up so you can start a disinfecting after-school routine.

Infrared Thermometer

An infrared forehead thermometer will be a good thing to have on hand for an everyday temperature check. Most schools will be doing either temperature checks or symptom checks every morning. Fevers or any sign of sickness will be a big no-no. An infrared thermometer can be a fast, accurate, and easy way to check your temperature. $49.99 on Amazon.

Sanitizer Bag

Although this may run a little pricey at $79.99, the HoMedics UV-Clean Portable Sanitizer kills up to 99.9% of bacteria with no chemicals. It sanitizes items in one minute and can fit larger items like keys, jewelry, eyeglasses, and more.

Although this list may get you anxious about the upcoming school year, I also hope it provides you with some clarity on how to best protect everyone as we enter this uncertain back to school territory. Help keep everyone safe and your mind at ease that your children will be prepared to get back in the classroom safely.

How are you feeling about the 2020-2021 school year? We understand the back-to-school anxiety. Some of us are ready to go back, and some of us are looking at homeschooling options. Leave us a comment: have you decided yet?


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