Back to School tips

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Students will soon return to MSD campuses

With school starting within the next week, Milford School District offered tips to parents to help their children prepare for the new school year. According to Trish Gerken, Public Information Officer, there are several things parents can do to prepare students, regardless of the grade level they will be attending. This includes discussing strategies with their children regarding organization and how to manage their time as the school year approaches. They should also have discussions about extra-curricular activities the child will be involved in over the school year.

“We encourage our students and families to attend our various welcome events prior to the school year beginning,” Gerken said. “Students and families will have an opportunity to pick up their student schedule, receive school information and visit their classrooms to meet their teachers as they transition through their class schedule.”

Staff encourages parents to ask the student questions and reminds them that teachers, counselors and administrators are there to help. Informing staff of any concerns will help them assist your child.

“The more our students feel comfortable working with others, the more they will enjoy coming to school,” Gerken said. “Of course, talk positively about the start of the school year with your child. We are excited to have them coming back and have a ton of exciting things planned for them this year!”

Milford High School will hold an open house on August 29 from 5 to 7 PM and ninth graders only will attend a transition day, which is a half day only, on August 29. Milford Central Academy held their open house on Thursday, August 24 while transition day for sixth graders, also a half day, is August 29.

Morris will hold Kindergarten Orientation on August 29 with time schedules sent to each individual family. Banneker will hold their open house on August 29 with 1st grade and Mrs. Woods’ class meeting from 8 to 9:30 AM; 2nd and 3rd grades along with Mrs. Wells’ class meeting from 1 to 2 PM; 4th and 5th along with Mrs. Frost and Mrs. McDonald’s classes meeting from 2 to 3 PM.

The Ross and Mispillion open houses will be held on August 29 with 1st grade scheduled from 8 to 9:30 AM; 2nd grade from 9:45 to 10:30 AM; 3rd grade from 10:45 to 11:30 AM; 4th grade from 11:45 to 12:30 PM and 5th grade from 12:45 to 1:30 PM.

Gerken explained that students should have a bookbag for the first day of school as well as a lunchbox if they plan to pack lunch. She reminded families that breakfast and lunch are free to all students in the district. Kindergarten through 5th grade schedules were sent home to families while MCA and MHS families can find their schedules on Home Access.

All students will begin school on August 30 and start times can be found at

Gerken also stated that the dress code, which was relaxed somewhat last year, has not changed. Students must wear solid color khaki-style pants, jeans, walking shorts, capris, skorts, skirts without slits, jumpers or dresses. All bottoms must be knee length or longer and cut-offs or pants with holes are not permitted. Clothing must be worn at the natural waist while stretch apparel, leather or sheer material is not permitted. Chains and spiked jewelry are also not permitted.

 Shirts must be solid color with a collar and may be either short or long sleeved. No sleeveless tops are permitted but button down shirts are allowed. Solid color collared shirt may have a small logo on the chest or sleeve and any Milford-issued collared shirt are acceptable. Solid color crewneck sweatshirts or hoodless polar fleece jackets are permitted as are pullover v-neck, crewneck, button down or zippered cardigan sweaters. Athletic gear associated with Milford School District, schools of the Milford School District or colleges/universities are acceptable on approved dress code tops. Turtlenecks (mock and regular) or t-shirts (short sleeve and long sleeve) solid in color may be worn underneath polo shirts.

Students may not wear anything that may be determined as an undergarment and no skin may show between the waistband of pants and the bottom of a shirt. Hats, visors, bandanas and combs may not be worn in the building. Head coverings related to religious practices and sunglasses worn for prescription purposes only are permitted. Scarves, ties and bow ties are permitted.

Students must wear appropriate footwear at all times. No shoes with wheels or slippers are permitted. Elementary students are not permitted to wear flip flops and need to have a closed toe shoe secured to the foot by a strap or shoelaces.

New students who have not been previously enrolled in the Milford School District shall have up to 10 school days to comply with the dress code policy. Parents who are having difficulty with the cost of dress-code required clothing can reach out to their child’s school for assistance.

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