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Before your child returns to school, you will need to meet with school staff and administrators (the principal, your child’s teachers, the school nurse and others who will be working with your child) in order to explain any special needs or supervision your child may require while at school.
The school’s major concern will be what to do if your child has an “event,” a medical issue like a catheter becoming dislodged, nausea and vomiting, fainting or passing out. Whom do they call? What immediate measures should they be prepared to take? How likely is any specific event to occur at all? We suggest that parents provide school personnel with emergency contact information for their child’s oncology team in case any urgent medical needs arise. Schools should also be informed that they should immediately notify parents and/or a child’s healthcare team for the following issues:
Below is a list of other important topics you will want to discuss with the school.
You should also talk with the school about “accommodations,” or changes in certain rules that make it easier for your child to remain in school and do well. Common accommodations include:
In most schools, the principal or other administrators can approve these simple changes in routine. Occasionally, schools will request a physician’s recommendation. Less common accommodations include allowing extra time to take a test, taking a test in a separate room to minimize distraction, or having someone read the test to your child. These kinds of changes often require that the school develop a 504 Plan with you and your child’s teachers.
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