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Packing: All luggage and containers carrying items the student brings, such as bags, backpacks, school equipment and materials, must be clearly marked with the student’s name. As much as possible, all loose items should be packed together, rather than as loose separate items. Please do not use open-top grocery shopping bags.

Spending Money: Each student may bring $10 for spending money to cover the cost of extracurricular, off-campus activities and personal spending, but this is a family decision and is purely optional. We are unable to cash checks or money orders, so please send cash.

Medications: Please send any medications your child may need to take while at TSBVI. All medications must be sent in their originally labeled containers.  Unlabeled or hand-labeled medications are prohibited by TSBVI nursing staff.  Medications will be given exactly as specified on the label.

If your child requires a rescue or emergency medication such as, diastat, epi-pen, inhaler, and/or solu-cortef, it must come with your child properly labeled. Failure to have this medication will result in your child being sent home. 

Homework: (for academic classes only)

Clothing/Supplies:  Below is a suggested list of items. Classroom dress is informal, but neat and appropriate.  Please send enough clothing for the full number of instructional days, as students will not  have the opportunity to do laundry.  Include shoes that can be worn in the gym. Please send clothing that is appropriate for the season.  

TOILET ARTICLES: (Personal hygiene/toilet articles are not provided by TSBVI)

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Brush and comb
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Hair dryer, if needed
  • Sunscreen if needed

CLOTHING: (Cut-offs, short-shorts, and biking shorts may not be worn to class)

  • Jeans and/or slacks
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Skirts/dresses as appropriate
  • Shorts if appropriate for weather
  • Shoes (tennis or athletic shoes are strongly recommended)
  • Shower thongs
  • Slippers
  • Bathing suit (if appropriate for season)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Robe


  • Backpack
  • Wallet/purse
  • Eyeglasses
  • Coat, warm hat, gloves (if appropriate for the season)
  • Windbreaker, light jacket
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Sunglasses, sun hat
  • Portable technology currently used in classes


  • Batteries, for equipment/toys/radios
  • Radio
  • Clock
  • Ipod

Personal items such as toys, stuffed animals, family photos or any other items which may help reduce periods of homesickness are strongly recommended.