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Back-to-School Supplies (Fall 2020 Guide)

By Eileen Dempsey

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Your school supplies list may look a little different in 2020. In addition to the typical storage, learning games, writing utensils, and more that educators need, a teacher supplies list for 2020 wouldn’t be complete without the necessary gear and cleaning products to keep children and team members healthy.

Whether you’re looking for bulk school supplies or smaller quantities, here’s what every educator will need before a very unconventional back to school this Fall.

School Supplies for:

  • Preschool Educators
  • Elementary School Educators
  • Middle School Educators
  • High School Educators
  • College Professors

Conventional (and Unconventional) Back to School School Supplies for 2020

The big question on everyone’s mind in the spring was whether schools and businesses would reopen by the fall. Though plans and legislation differ state-to-state and even school-to-school, many are planning on reopening for face-to-face classes this fall.

And though kids and parents will be thrilled to return to their schools, back to school in 2020 will be far from business as usual. In fact, many schools are considering adopting blended learning models, meaning a mix of in-person and online learning. For the in-person segments of a class, teachers and administrators will need to be prepared to emphasize face coverings, social distancing, and consistent cleaning protocols.

None of this will be easy. But getting a head start with a teacher supplies list is a great place to start.

25 Wholesale Preschool Supplies

Whether you’re preparing for the next semester or looking for an amazing preschool teacher gift, here are some must-have items for Fall 2020.

  1. Clipboard
  2. Plastic storage buckets
  3. Dry erase markers
  4. Colored card stock
  5. Magnets
  6. Ziplock bag
  7. Clorox wipes
  8. Baby wipes
  9. Tissues
  10. Paper towels
  11. Face shield
  12. Glue dots
  13. Plastic plates
  14. Snacks (especially those that last)
  15. Sidewalk chalk
  16. Magazine holders
  17. Glue sticks
  18. Crayons
  19. Construction paper
  20. Tape
  21. Markers
  22. Round-tipped scissors
  23. Page protectors
  24. Calendar
  25. Stapler
  26. Staple remover
  27. Pencils
  28. No-touch thermometer
  29. Pencil sharpener
  30. Erasers

Preschool Teacher Supplies for Coronavirus Times

Don’t forget the cleaning supplies, like antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, in anticipation of Fall 2020. Not only will cleaning and social distancing measures (think about tape marks to maintain a minimum of 6 ft), but face coverings may be mandated. Face shields, which may be more comfortable than face masks, especially for younger users, are a great alternative to consider when shopping for school supplies in 2020.

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Bulk School Supplies List for Elementary Schools

  1. Hand sanitizer
  2. Clorox wipes
  3. Dry erase markers
  4. Crayons
  5. Colored pencils
  6. Pencils
  7. Sharpies
  8. Highlighters
  9. Erasers
  10. Tissues
  11. Lined paper
  12. Glue sticks
  13. Plastic storage containers
  14. Pencil containers
  15. Plastic bags
  16. Folders
  17. Notebooks
  18. Scissors
  19. Stapler
  20. Staple remover
  21. Tape
  22. Magnets
  23. Colored paper
  24. Calendar
  25. Face shields
  26. Stickers
  27. No-touch thermometer
  28. Pens

Back to School Supplies List for Elementary School Teachers

Studies show that children, especially those from lower-income families, fell behind during remote work in the Spring of 2020. In response to that, many elementary school administrators and teachers are considering a return to face-to-face courses in the Fall of 2020.

Not only does that mean stocking up on your typical wholesale school supplies list items like pencils and dry erase markers, but making sure that there are enough face shields, cleaning supplies, and demarcations to keep kids a minimum of 6 ft apart.

Middle School Supplies List

  1. Paper organizers or mailboxes
  2. File folders
  3. File crates
  4. Labels
  5. Magnets
  6. Pens
  7. Pencils
  8. Post Its
  9. Paper clips
  10. Digital clock
  11. Clipboard
  12. Stickers
  13. Stapler
  14. Staple remover
  15. Rulers
  16. Lesson planner
  17. Grade book
  18. Paper Cutter
  19. Antibacterial wipes
  20. Tissues
  21. Paper towels
  22. Face shields
  23. Tape for social distancing demarkations
  24. Snacks
  25. Hand sanitizer
  26. Ziplock bags

Middle School Teacher Supplies List 

In addition to tackling increasingly challenging coursework, educators may also have to contend with the challenges of blended learning, meaning learning in and outside of the classroom, as well as social distancing and other CDC recommended measures.

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School Supplies List for High School Teachers

  1. Notebooks
  2. Binders
  3. Folders
  4. Dividers
  5. Agenda
  6. Grade book
  7. Loose-leaf paper
  8. Index cards
  9. Black, blue, and red pens
  10. Highlighters
  11. Dry erase pens
  12. Board eraser
  13. Pencils
  14. Pencil sharpener
  15. Calculator
  16. Printer
  17. Ink cartridges
  18. Stapler
  19. Staple remover
  20. Hole puncher
  21. Tissues
  22. Disinfectant wipes
  23. Face shields like the Casco Shield™
  24. Tape

Back to School for High Schools in 2020

Though high school kids may understand the meaning of the pandemic better than younger students, it may still be the teacher — and the school’s — job to enforce social distancing and cleaning measures and make sure that kids wear protective gear like face shields.

College School Supplies List

  1. Notebooks
  2. Dry erase markers
  3. Chalk
  4. Eraser
  5. Pens
  6. Pencils
  7. Agenda
  8. Grade book
  9. Computer
  10. Printer
  11. Face covering
  12. Cleaning supplies
  13. Stapler
  14. Staple remover

Bulk college supplies may be more limited than those of teachers who deal with a classroom full of rambunctious toddlers. However, college professors must still prepare for a school year full of unprecedented challenges, including distance learning and social distancing. This means having a way to cover one’s face in the classroom that will allow for easy communication with the class. It also means following school administration and state protocol on the COVID-19 outbreak in your are. See the CDC and local authorities on your region’s status.

Wholesale School Supplies for Fall 2020

During the spring of 2020, teachers had to adopt remote lesson plans with little to no warning. Parents had to grapple with working remotely — and making sure their kids stayed on track, too. Children were put behind a computer screen to continue their coursework at home.

What’s been dubbed the global experiment in remote work has mixed success rates, often divided along socio-economic and age lines. Older learners — college and post-undergrad — had more success with remote work whereas young children had a tougher time keeping up. Lower-income families, especially, struggled to keep their kids on track, facing issues like shared workspaces and outdated technology.

As a result, many schools are adopting a blended learning approach for Fall 2020. That means bringing kids back into the classroom, and making sure that educators come prepared with teacher supplies that facilitate learning during a pandemic. In addition to markers, notebooks, and flashcards, educators may add face shields, disinfectant wipes, and social distancing sings to their teacher supplies lists in 2020.

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