Before your child returns to school, you may want to schedule a meeting with teachers and other staff, such as counselors, special education teachers and the school nurse. Most teachers have never worked with a post-transplant student. You can help teachers and staff understand the situation and make appropriate adaptations.
Make sure your child's school officials are aware that they need to notify you of any diseases at the school, such as measles or chickenpox.
Explaining to classmates
Classmates may be curious about your child's experience and any changes in appearance. Your child might be nervous as well. Many parents go with their child to school the first day, or arrange for a child life specialist or a member of your child's treatment team to visit to talk about the transplant and answer questions that classmates might have.
Involving your child in a classroom presentation about his or her experience can reduce other students' anxiety and help your child gain acceptance. It is important that your child is seen primarily as a student and a peer, not as a patient.