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For Teachers and School Personnel

The St. Jude School Program by Chili’s


When students are away from home for an extended time, they need assistance keeping up with their classwork. The St. Jude School Program by Chili’s staff is available to help students with their classwork while receiving treatment. We will work with you to make this a smooth transition. We also offer services to help your student return back to school after treatment at St. Jude.


When new patients are admitted to St. Jude, we meet with them to determine if they need assistance with school services. If a need is identified, they are assigned a teacher who will coordinate with the home school while the patient is at the hospital. Our patients usually have home-bound school services in their home community or hospital-bound school services through St. Jude.

Home-bound services

If homebound services are needed either in the Memphis area or in the home community outside of Memphis, we can assist parents in arranging these services. The assigned teacher will be in contact with the community school personnel to determine necessary documentation for home-bound services and will assist the parents in providing the needed documentation.

Hospital-bound services

For patients who live outside of Memphis, hospital-bound educational services are provided. Patients who live in and around the Memphis area can be seen by a St. Jude teacher if they do not have access to home-bound services.

The patient should stay enrolled in their home community school and be placed on home-bound status. St. Jude teachers will then take the place of the community teacher until the patient can return home. There is no charge for this service.

Using materials from the patient’s home school is ideal and preferred. This helps the patient feel connected to friends at home and allows for an easier transition when treatment is complete. You can send assignments to us by fax, mail or email.

We provide at least three hours of instruction each week, which can be supplemented with group enrichment and tutoring services.

When a patient is ready to return home, our school staff will send a grade report to the home school. 

School Program

English as a Second Language services

Patients whose native language is not English can attend English as a Second Language classes. Once an intermediate to advanced level of English proficiency is attained, patients may transition to complete their academic content courses in English.

Bilingual instruction is available to Spanish-speaking patients who desire to complete their academics in their native language.

ACT and SAT exams

An important milestone in many high school students’ educational careers is taking the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. We make sure high school students have access to preparatory and test-taking services while they are at St. Jude.

School Reintegration Services & Advocacy

After treatment at St. Jude, patients may need help easing back into their normal routines, including going back to their home schools. Patients may have changes in their appearance or functioning caused by side effects of the illness or treatment. They may be able to return to school full time, but may need full- or part-time home-bound services while they continue to recover.

Upon discharge from the St. Jude School Program by Chili’s, the patient or parents will be provided with a letter detailing recommended accommodations that will make the transition to school easier.

For patients who live in the Memphis area, St. Jude staff can attend school meetings to discuss school reintegration plans with school staff and help you to understand the support your student may need to return to school. For patients who live outside of the Memphis area, school program staff can be included in a conference call with parents and school staff to provide the same information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the patient’s St. Jude teacher or the school program director. 

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Long-term survivors

The educational impact of cancer does not stop upon the completion of therapy or remission of disease. Long-term care of cancer survivors has recently become the focus of much research.

As treatment and cure rates continue to improve, it is apparent that long-term effects of treatment can potentially impact survivors for the remainder of their lives, with particular impairments to learning and cognition.

Learning difficulties usually become evident two to five years after treatment. Typically, problems are noted in mathematics, spatial relationships, memory, problem-solving, attention span, processing speed and concentration skills. These late effects can cause changes in learning style as well as social behavior. It is important that parents and educators remain vigilant for potential learning problems to allow for quick intervention.

The School Program has a school liaison on staff. The liaison serves as a contact to the school system’s personnel in order to advocate for educational needs of patients who are long-terms survivors. The liaison can:

  • Confer with students, parents and school counselors to resolve academic problems.
  • Collaborate with St. Jude personnel including clinical staff and staff from Psychology, Rehabilitation Services and Social Work to understand each patient’s needs and make recommendations for the classroom setting.
  • Attend Individual Educational Plan and 504 Plan meetings for patients in person or through conference calls.

Cancer Education

The Cancer Education for Children Program is an outreach initiative of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center that aims to support K-12 educators by offering professional development opportunities that provide them with tools for teaching the basic science of cancer formation, treatment and prevention.

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