By The Understood Team
A three-ring binder can help you keep track of important documents. It can also give you the big picture on how much progress your child is making. Here are some tips on organizing your child’s school records.
Use section dividers and label each one: “Attendance Records,” “Behavior Correspondence,” “Medical Records,” etc. Use our checklist for a complete list of recommended sections.
Within each section, put the newest documents in the front. This will help you find what you’re looking for faster.
If you’re seeking mediation or a due process hearing, it could complicate the process if documents aren’t clear.
For official documents such as evaluations, report cards, progress reports and letters discussing eligibility for special services, make a copy so you can mark it up. Write “COPY” in the upper right-hand corner, and store it in front of the original.
Consider whether you’ll create one binder per year, or if storing multiple years in one binder makes more sense. If you’ll combine years, use different types of section dividers or labels to help you easily find the contents for a particular year.
Ideally, you want your binder to have everything you’ll need for important school meetings. That’s why it’s a good idea to put in some extra paper for taking notes. You can also get a zippered pouch to store a hole punch, highlighter, pen or pencil, sticky notes, tape recorder and extra batteries.
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The Understood team is composed of passionate writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.
Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.
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Great practical organizing tips. For us, color coding also helped (each subject had a given color). Also as our son got older, he would have 2 binders, one with the morning subjects and one with the afternoon subjects. That way he doesn't have to go back to his locker all the time.
These tips are so important! Thank you!
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