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Update for September 2021

Back to School Week is September 13–17, 2021. Save the date with us at National PTA and stay tuned for our new 2021 Back to School content.

In the meantime, you can still access last year's content below.

Back to School 2020

Go Back-to-School with PTA!

Back to School SponsorsNational PTA Back-to-School Week, sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax, and National PTA are here to support students, families, teachers and PTA leaders as schools reopen across the country.

Whether your school community is returning to classrooms in person, virtually or a hybrid of both, we want to make sure you get a great start. So, we’ve compiled resources to help you navigate the new school year and address the challenges that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each day, we will share essential back-to school resources for:

  • PTA Leaders: Leaders in Action
  • Families: Learning at Home
  • Communities: Family-School Partnerships
  • Educators: Teacher Support

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This school year, we want to ensure the critical needs of every child are met and offer a variety of tools, best practices and information on social and emotional well-being, addressing food insecurity, resources for family engagement, greater support for distance teaching and learning, and bridging the digital divide.

Join us by sharing what your PTA is doing to navigate the new school year on social media, using #PTABackToSchool.

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PTA Leaders in Action

How We PTAThis is How We PTA
Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, National PTA was able to award over $1.2M to PTAs across the nation to help them support their communities during the pandemic. See all of the amazing ways they’ve stepped up for the health, safety and well-being of all children. #HowWePTA

StrongBuilding a Strong Community
No matter what this school year looks like for you, you can count on National PTA to have your back to help you support your school community. Explore the leadership training and tools you need to succeed. Check out our updated

LeaderShare How to PTA For Your Child
Don’t go back to school without the new PTA Membership Campaign, PTA for Your Child. It’s designed to engage and excite new and existing members by making the work of the PTA more visible and highlighting the value and impact of PTA. Get your materials.

Learning at Home

YouTube LearningLearning for All Ages with YouTube Learning and YouTube Kids
YouTube is supporting families during this challenging Back to School season with content designed to support mental well-being, prepare physical spaces, and provide subject refreshers as students head back-to-school. Get Details.

MaskBuilding Healthy Habits with Lysol
The best weapon against germs is knowledge. So we partnered with Lysol and NEA to develop interactive and downloadable activities and lesson plans to help kids of any age learn the importance of healthy habits. Make Healthy Habits Fun.

Remote LearningLearn from Anywhere with Supplies from Office Depot
Whether you’re learning or teaching from home, Office Depot OfficeMax has the technology, supplies and solutions you need to stay connected, productive and engaged. Get stocked up on supplies.

Family-School Partnerships

PartnersLearning Heroes Helps Parents and Teachers Partner
This bilingual resource will support learning at home and help parents and teachers work together to help students reach their goals for the school year. Find out how.

Steering WheelWash Wear Air as You Ride or Drive with Uber
Together with Uber, we’re asking you to follow three simple steps when you ride or drive. Wash or sanitize your hands, wear a face cover or mask and air out your ride. Get posters for your classroom and fliers for your home office. Learn More.

Virtual LearningUse BAND to Communicate Virtually with Your Community
Use the BAND App, you can create a central hub where your PTA members discuss events, share files, get instant updates and hold virtual meetings. Try the free app!

Teacher Support

DigitalFacebook Helps Kids Get Digital Responsibly
Facebook’s new research-based program! Filled with lessons, tips and resources to help parents, educators and young people develop the skills they need to become competent and responsible digital citizens. Learn more.

TeacherNEA Shows How to Educate Through Crisis
Our longtime partner NEA has great advice for engaging students online, strategies for supporting the most vulnerable, words of encouragement, ways to alleviate stress and avoid burnout. Get Support Today.

Teachers Tell Students, You Got This!

Office Depot

Office DepotStart Proud!™ is Office Depot’s back-to-school philanthropic initiative. This program was created to help foster brighter beginnings for schools in low-income communities nationwide and to give students, parents and teachers the supplies they need to start the school year confident, prepared and proud.

This year, as school reopen, Office Depot is meeting the unique needs of virtual teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic—as well as the safety needs of in-person schooling. Watch this special back-to-school message from the Office Depot Team.

Office Depot Start Proud and PTA Back-to-School Week 2020

AppleSupply Confidence
Our friends at Office Depot OfficeMax have tools to help your kids Learn from Anywhere, School Supply Lists with a Click and discounts on printing, scanning and laminating.


Back to School


National PTA Back-to-School Week 

Back-to-School Week features this comprehensive webpage ( for a wide variety of fresh ideas, tools and grant opportunities to make this a winning school year for PTA Leaders, Parents, Students and Teachers.

Shop PTA!

Local units can order Back-to-School signs and promotional materials for their school.

Kids Running to School

Back to School Navigation

PTA Leaders


Get all the templates and tools you need to make this a winning school year.

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Help your kids—and the whole family—get back in the school groove.

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Use these resources to guide you to your best school year ever!

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Try these ideas and tools to build genuine relationships with your families.

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