Tips for Families Planning a School Re-entry
- Speak with the child and family before the child returns to
school to determine how much information the patient is comfortable
- Speak with the family and hospital staff about any medical
items the child will need and appropriate ways to explain the
purpose of these items to the class.
- Find out what role, if any, the child and/or parent would like
to have in the re-entry program.
- Prepare the class for the child's return.
- Set a time for the re-entry program during the first or second
day the child returns to school, about 30 - 60 min.
- Invite the child to bring items from the hospital to share (ex.
video, scrapbook, art, medical collages, hospital "buddy").
- Remember each child's story is his/hers and respect his/her
choice in whether or not to share the story.
- Focus on what the returning child is still able to do with
his/her friends and classmates. Remind the class that the child is
still the same person they were before.
- Avoid detailed conversations about the specifics of the illness
or injury. If the class is highly focused, you may want to compile
a list of questions to e-mail hospital staff so the returning child
is not pressured into answering them.
- Celebrate the child's return to your classroom and recognize
what he/she has accomplished.
- Have fun and enjoy welcoming back your student into the