School Reentry Program

The school reentry program aims to educate a patient's classmates prior to the patient's return to school. Through the program, a child life specialist and sometimes a nurse from the appropriate clinical area visit the class of a child who has been absent from school for a long period of time due to illness, but who will now be returning to the classroom. These staff members work with classmates to prepare them for the patient's re-entry into the school setting as they meet with students to help increase awareness about childhood cancer and the physical changes caused by treatment of the disease. These visits help classmates better understand side effects of chemotherapy medications such as hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, nausea, and answer many questions peers may have about the disease but are uncomfortable discussing with the patient.