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Getting back to school or kindergarten can be an exciting but daunting time for students and their families. Work with your educational setting to ensure your child is supported during their transition back to the classroom.
Full time attendance may be hard to cope with after an illness or extended absence. Students often notice both physical and cognitive fatigue for several weeks or months after their treatment ends. Negotiate a timetable that works for your child and their school or kindergarten and ensure everyone has a copy.
return to school plan can help with the student’s reintegration into school. It
is prepared by the school with involvement from the student, their family and
the health care team.
plan can outline agreed expectations about attendance and schoolwork, any
additional support the student requires, and what the school can do to support
the student. When developing the return
to school plan consider modifications and reasonable adjustments such as
changes to uniform, curriculum, timetable or school buildings. This modification tool, provides
suggestions to incorporate when developing a return to school plan.
your school to ensure all of your child's teachers are familiar with the return
to school plan before they return.
Before returning to school or kindergarten, provide teaching and wellbeing staff with recent information about your child's health condition and medications. Ensure that emergency contact details are up to date.
Work with your education setting and medical team to complete a student health support plan.
Your school or kindergarten may ask for medical documentation and other forms to be provided. Sharing information with your school or kindergarten in a timely manner will help to keep your child safe and supported when they return.
Health support planning forms can be accessed via the Department of Education and Training website or directly from wellbeing staff at your school or kindergarten.
Tell your child's teachers about upcoming appointments and treatments that may continue to cause interruptions after they return to school.
If your child is old enough, encourage them to communicate directly with their teachers about planned absences and to collect work that they miss while they are away.
Many young people face fears and worries about returning to their usual learning environment after an illness or extended absence.
It is important for teaching staff and parents to be aware of these anxieties and check in regularly with the student to see how they are coping.
Challenges that students may face when they return to school or kindergarten could include: