Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center Going to School

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Learn tips on how to manage ulcerative colitis when going to school. Learn what to do if you're not feeling well or wondering whether or not to tell classmates why you may be missing class.

Summary points

  • When a child is diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), the school should be notified as early as possible, so that necessary accommodations can be put in place. Parents should arrange a meeting with the school administrator and nurse to discuss the diagnosis and identify barriers. A plan can then be developed.

  • The most important thing for teachers and school staff to know is that IBD is a known gastrointestinal medical condition that is episodic in nature. Children with UC should be granted free access to bathrooms. Arrangements to help the child make up work after an absence should be made.

  • Sharing information with friends and classmates is a very personal decision; however, providing even a little bit of basic information can help prevent the spread of myths and rumors.

  • Classmates and friends can be a great source of support.

  • Children with UC should develop a routine for taking medication in school, such as setting a cell phone alarm to ring at the same time every day.

  • Keeping the lines of communication open facilitates a collaborative partnership between home and school.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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