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There are a multitude of everyday tasks that have the potential to dramatically change following a cancer diagnosis-one being education. It can be extremely overwhelming. Today, we would like to share some resources and tips to managing and maintain education through out you + your child’s journey with cancer.
First, things first: Communicating with your child’s school:
Set up a meeting with your child’s  teacher  principle  school nurse. By ensuring an effective conversation will help eliminate any unnecessary issues that may arise from lack of knowledge. Here are a few things to discuss at your meeting:
Consider getting permission for your child to wear a hat or scarf at school if hair loss is possible due to their specific treatment plan.
Ensure to communicate the activities that your child may not be able to participate in, such as gym class.
Create a plan of action regarding keeping your child as caught up on school work as possible
Discuss what information you are comfortable discussing when classmates have questions about cancer
Medical Information to convey:
Inform them of your set treatment days as well as any potential side effects to recognize while in the classroom.
Discuss online options that your child may have with their school.
Any medicines the child will need to take and how to give them
Special devices the child will use and how to use them
What kinds of problems to watch for and report to you
Emergency management of possible problems
Medicines, treatments, or activities that your child cannot have or do
Whom to call with questions and emergency contact information
This is very important, although it may be the easiest aspect to let slip through the cracks. Pediatric patients are prone to feeling isolated and lack a sense of “normalcy” in their life. By maintaining their interaction with classmates + school will have profound impacts on their emotional life.
Make time to have your child communicate with their classmates or friends. There are many options to do this such as video chat, texting, phone calls or email.
If your child is going to miss class, have them ask a classmate or teacher to photocopy that day’s notes.
Sometimes treatment can leave you feeling very weak, so consider the possibility of half days to ensure they are getting some social stimulation.