After someone stops going to school, "going back to school" means enrolling and re-starting their education. You can also use this phrase if you graduated from a program, but you're going to continue to a higher level of education. Following is a printable checklist diagram showcasing the things to do before the first day of school. As per the diagram, two weeks before the first day of school: a student should buy supplies, clean and mend a backpack, make a playdate with school friends and others. One week before the first day: start a school morning routine, get fall clothes, get haircuts, and others. One day before the first day of going back to school: pack lunch, stock lunch account, read a back-to-school book, lay out clothes for the first day, among others.