School Program - School Re-entry
Re-entering the classroom is an important and exciting milestone for many children, teens and young adults who take a medical leave of absence from school. Our program helps patients adjust more quickly to the classroom upon returning to school. Patients often find this experience to be positive, energizing and self-esteem building. The classroom is a critical outlet for patients to socialize and re-establish their identity as a student with their peers.

Your medical team and School Program Coordinator can work with you to determine the best time to re-enter school and make it a smooth transition.

Some services offered by our School Program to families re-entering the school system include:
  • Coordinating re-entry services between the hospital, school and family
  • Providing medical letters to schools
  • Educating school faculty about potential medical and psychological effects of treatment and recovery
  • Educating fellow students about cancer and other medical conditions through school presentations
  • Facilitating and attending special accommodation meetings at schools with family and school staff

For more information, please contact Kayla Fulginiti, MSW, School Program Coordinator at 626-256-4673, ext. 62282.

What do I need to do in order to return to school?

Our School Program Coordinator can help you start this process. Often times, patients need to reenroll in their local school. If you have previously been in hospital tutoring or home instruction, the School Program Coordinator can help you and your family walk through the steps to return to your local school. Often times many students choose to inform their school administration of their previous medical treatment and how it currently impacts their school experience. If any special accommodations are needed, we can help advocate for these services as well.

When should I go back to school?

Treatment and healing are different for each patient. Our School Program Coordinator will consult with your City of Hope medical team to help you and your family decide when is best for you to return to school. We have found that most patients do best with a gradual, but prompt return to their local school, because it provides patients with socialization, normalcy, accomplishment, and increased self-esteem.