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What Kids Need to Know About School Lockers

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One of the highlights of starting middle school is getting your locker. If your child hasn't had to use a locker before, here's what he or she needs to know.

Need to Know Information on School Lockers

  • The school will assign a locker to your child at the beginning of the year. Depending on the size of your child's class, he or she may have to share a locker with someone else.
  • If your child is worried about finding his locker, suggest that he look for a landmark, such as a clock or a restroom door, to help him. He should keep his locker number written down on a scrap of paper and in his wallet or pocket until he remembers his locker number.
  • If your child has never used a combination lock before, it might be a good idea to purchase a padlock so that your student can practice unlocking the lock.
  • Help your child memorize his locker combination as soon as possible. Try to find a clever way for him to remember the numbers.
  • If your child has to share a locker with someone else, it would be a good idea to discuss locker decorations upfront before undertaking any major decorating ideas.
  • Make sure your tween keeps a few extra school supplies in the locker, such as notebook paper, pens, pencils, and composition books.
  • Lockers aren't refrigerators or pantries. Food items should not be stored in the locker, except for your child's lunch.
  • If your child's locker sticks, or has trouble opening, be sure he knows he can contact the school for assistance. The school janitor may be able to easily fix a stubborn locker door with a little lubricant.
  • Gym clothes should be brought home as soon as possible, in order to keep the locker smelling fresh and clean.
  • The key to keeping a locker organized is to clear out unwanted papers, tests, and other items at least once a week.
  • A small box can keep emergency items all in one place, so that when your tween needs them, they'll be easily located.
  • Lockers aren't the place to keep valuable items or a lot of cash. Your preteen can keep an extra $5 or $10 in his locker, to pay for lunch or emergency school supplies from the school store.

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