If you follow me on social media, you know I am a huge fan of Cult of Pedagogy.
This article provides solid supports, including actual classroom activities, to help you build positive relationships with your students from the very first day.
As well, consider how your students will share things with you. Can they share anonymously? Do you have a way to provide online messaging so students don't have to approach you in class and be seen when they need you to know something?
There are all kinds of ways to use Google forms, bookmarked by students, to quickly get feedback from students who need you to know things like this is NOT the day to bother them with nagging about their homework.