Back-to-school basics: Just about everything parents need to know before the school year starts is posted on the Hillsborough County schools Web site at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. Follow the link for "Schools" to go to individual sites.
First day of school: The first day of school for students is Aug. 18. Go to the school district Web site and click the link to "Calendars" for a list of holidays and other days off.
Immunizations: All students must have a physical exam before school starts, as well as proof that immunizations are current. Required shots for all grades include MMR, DTP and hepatitis B. Children entering kindergarten must have two chicken pox vaccinations. Click on the link for "Back to School and Summer Information" and then "Immunizations and Back-to-School Physicals."
School start/end time: School starting and dismissal times vary, and bus routes and boundaries change. Visit each school's Web site or call your school for details. For bus routes, follow the link to back to school information, then click on "Bus/Transportation."
Dress code: Many elementary and middle schools ask that students wear uniforms, which usually consist of khaki or navy bottoms and a collared shirt or school T-shirt. Call or check individual school Web sites for details.
Meals: Breakfast is free at all schools. Lunch costs $2.25 for elementary students and $2.75 for high school and middle school. A la carte items are available at an additional cost. Go to the School District's Web site and click on "Student Nutrition" for more information or to pay online.
Supplies: Supply lists vary by school, and even by teacher. Many stores have official lists posted in their school-supplies section. Most schools also have a list on their Web sites. Teachers may request additional supplies when school starts.