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Linkages Fall 2014 – Back To School After A Hospital Stay: Linkages is a newsletter for professionals who work with children who have ongoing health conditions or disabilities.

Back To School After A Hospital Stay

Resources and planning tools for children returning to school after a long illness or hospital stay.

  • Returning to School Checklist
  • Forms for Parents
  • Condition Specific Resources


Return to School Checklist

  • Topics to cover with school and health care teams before a child is discharged from the hospital to return home and to school.
  • Created with input from parents, school nurses, parents and hospital school coordinators.

Forms for Parents

  • Getting to Know Me
    Parents and caregivers share this form with teachers, school nurses and others.
    Includes child’s health information, equipment, allergies, medications, diagnosis, strengths and challenges.
    (Spanish version)
  • In Case of Emergency
    Provides information to people caring for a child in an emergency.
    (Spanish version)
  • Wallet Emergency eCard
    Designed for teens to carry at all times.
    Includes spaces for allergies, medications and health care contacts.


Condition Specific Resources for Health Care Providers, Parents and Teachers

Cancer and Leukemia

  • Monkey in My Chair
    Program provides children a stuffed monkey to take their place in school when they are unable to be there. Free kit includes monkey, a backpack and teacher companion guide.
    From the Cure Starts Now Foundation.
  • Learning and Living with Cancer
    For parents of a child returning to school during or after cancer treatment.
    From the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Crohn’s and Colitis

Cystic Fibrosis

  • A Teacher’s Guide to Cystic Fibrosis
    Covers the basics of CF, infection control, exercise, the individualized education plan, and accommodations for school.
    From the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


  • Medical Management form and Model 504 Plan
    For health care providers, school staff and families to create plans for how diabetes will be managed at school.
    From the American Diabetes Association.


  • Managing Students with Seizures
    A continuing education training for school nurses with information, strategies and resources to help manage and support students with seizures.
    CNE and ANSI/IACET CEU’s available.

Immune Deficiency

  • The IDF Guide
    This in-depth guide covers treatment information, recommendations for school accommodations, emotional and social issues, infection control and plans for an education health care plan for a student with IDF.Information is designed to facilitate communication and planning between parents, school administration, teachers and nurses. (From the Immune Deficiency Foundation)

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • School Issues
    Information on return to school planning and classroom accommodations.
    From Brain Line.

More information on the hospital to school transition including how to prepare a child and tips from parent

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource or website in Linkages does not imply endorsement. Produced by the Center for Children with Special Needs, a program of Seattle Children’s with support from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.


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