Education Institute

Staying connected to your students

  • A strong link to school or kindergarten is a vital aspect of a student’s general wellbeing. It is important to maintain regular communication with young people who have to spend long periods in hospital or recovering at home. Communication is not just about sharing information; it reminds students that they are a valued part of the community and ultimately makes their transition back to school or kindergarten less daunting post-treatment. There are many simple ways to stay in touch and let students know that you are thinking of them in their absence. 

    Educators should always be mindful of privacy and check with students and families before arranging visits or sharing information with classmates and peers. Also remember that students may not be well enough to keep up with emails and phone calls so be understanding if you don't hear back from the young person straight away.  

    • Send a card, letter or email from teachers and classmates. 
    • Share artwork created by classmates.
    • Send home newsletters and school publications. 
    • Share photos or videos from special school events, camps, carnivals and assemblies. 
    • Send updates or messages via email. 
    • Offer to visit the student in hospital.
    • Invite the student to attend special school events.
    • Make use of technology such as teleconferencing, podcasts, videos and online learning platforms.