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For Teachers and School Personnel

Our staff work with you to help your student make academic progress and to smooth the transition back to school after treatment ends.

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School is an important part of childhood. It gives patients a chance to keep a sense of identity and normalcy. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we encourage most patients to return to school as soon as medically appropriate.

When patients are away from home for a long time, they need help keeping up with their classwork. The staff at St. Jude Imagine Academy by Chili’s is here to help. We will work with you to keep your student moving forward. We can also help support your student as they return to school when treatment at St. Jude ends.

The educational impact of serious childhood diseases does not stop when treatment ends or the disease goes into remission. The long-term effects of disease and its treatment can cause issues with learning and thinking. Our school advocacy coordinators can consult with the patient’s school team to help.

Our goal is to help caregivers and school professionals understand the patient’s unique needs and to provide services that ensure academic success. Our coordinators remain available for any other educational needs or concerns after the team has created a plan.

The St. Jude Imagine Academy by Chili’s can help patients:

  • Keep up with classwork during and after treatment
  • Return to their school
  • Get appropriate services in their local school

We provide services through 3 main programs:

  • Hospital-bound and homebound educational services, including services for English as a second language (ESL) students and students with visual needs
  • School reintegration services
  • Advocacy services

Services we provide

Support patients need

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Pediatric Cancer in the Schools: A Guide for Schools

St. Jude staff have developed materials to send to schools that explain specific issues in educating children and adolescents with cancer. These diagnosis-specific packets can be sent to school personnel to help them understand the issues patients face in returning to school.

Contact the School Program for more information on receiving these packets.

Staying Connected: Facilitating the Learning Experience During and After Cancer Treatment

This free 5.5 hour continuing education (CE) program from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is designed to be completed at a time that is convenient for you. Following registration, you have up to 16 weeks to complete the program. Upon completion, you receive either CE credit or up to 3 weeks for the non-accredited track.

Educating the Child with Cancer

Written by top researchers in the field and balanced with caregivers' personal experiences, Educating the Child with Cancer focuses on educational issues for children treated for cancer.

Together by St. Jude

The Together by St. Jude online resource provides trusted information about childhood and adolescent cancer and other serious illnesses.

Bleeding disorders

The National Bleeding Disorders Foundation works to get access to health care for people with bleeding disorders. 

With information for all stages of life, Steps for Living offers facts about living with or parenting a child with a bleeding disorder.

Sickle cell disease

The Sickle Cell Disease Association advocates for people affected by sickle cell disease worldwide.

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee works to improve treatment, care, and outcomes for those with sickle cell disease in Tennessee.

With members in public health, research, provider organizations, and more, the Sickle Cell Disease Coalition’s goal is to amplify the voice of the sickle cell disease community.  

Aplastic anemia

The Aplastic Anemia and MDS Foundation provides answers, support, and hope to patients and families around the world.

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Contact the School Program

The St. Jude Imagine Academy by Chili’s
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
MS 152, Room BP099
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: 901-595-1783
Fax: 901-595-8718