10 must-have supplies for back to school 2021-22

Ready to buy your child's back-to-school supplies? 
Here are some must-have supplies for the 2021-22 academic year:

1. MASKS

As COVID-19 cases increase, many schools will still require masks for students, teachers and staff this year. You can buy cloth face coverings everywhere. Search Amazon, Etsy, Staples and Target to find a variety of face coverings. You can also ask if anyone in your community makes them.
If you're looking for disposable masks, these Kids Single Use Disposable Face Masks are made to fit small faces.
Is your little one afraid of wearing a mask? These 6 tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics can help

2. SANITIZING WIPES, SPRAY AND HAND SANITIZER

Now more than ever, it’s a good idea to have some germ killers handy, especially if you can’t wash your hands.
STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS: Back-to-school resources

3. WEEKLY FRIDGE CALENDAR

Don't miss any after-school programs and sports with a weekly calendar! With this dry erase magnetic calendar on Amazon your schedule will be hard to miss. Markers and and eraser are included.

4. PLANNER

This Clever Fox Planner is a must-have on the school supply list to help students keep track of all their responsibilities. The colorful Dated Elementary Student Planner for Academic Year 2021-2022 was made with young students in mind.

5. PENS & PENCILS

PILOT pens are loved by note-takers everywhere, and the stylish PILOT Precise V5 Stick Deco Collection is no exception. TICONDEROGA Pencils are a favorite of schoolchildren and a staple of school supply lists everywhere.

6. BACKPACK

Your kid can stand out with this stylish and simple backpack on Amazon that won’t kill your wallet. Having compartments is cool, but the game changer is the USB port.

7. COMPUTERS

Now more than ever, students will need reliable computers to do school work, or attend virtual classes - if necessary. How do you know what type of computer is best for the 2021-22 academic year? Click here for News 12’s full guide on how to pick the perfect computer.

8. WATER BOTTLE

Let the kids hydrate in style with a water bottle that isn’t bigger than their heads. The CamelBak Eddy Kids Bottle is spill resistant with all sorts of cool prints and a flip-up straw. It’s also easy to use, so it will limit the need of a teacher helping them drink.
Can your elementary school-aged kid open these 5 items? Click here to see what to pack, and NOT to pack for their lunch.

9. BENTO BOX

In Japanese culture, bento boxes are lunches that are carefully put together to create a complete meal. But the portioned compartments make them practical for anyone, especially kids! These are BPA free, dishwasher and microwave safe.

10. APPAREL AND UNIFORMS

Kids seem to grow faster during the summer, so they'll need new clothes and school uniforms for the beginning of the year. If you don’t want to leave the house, Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe lets you try the clothing before you buy. See New 12’s tips on buying school uniforms and where to find deals here.