School Services and School Re-entry Program

Shriners Hospitals for Children

When Renee, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Boston, was burned as a baby, which caused significant injury to her face, her family knew she would have a long road to recovery. When it came time for Renee to start school, she feared her fellow students would not be accepting of her because of her facial scars.

To assist patients with their transition back into daily life, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston developed a comprehensive school re-entry program that helps students and teachers understand what to expect after a classmate who has been severely burned returns to school.

Care managers from Shriners Hospitals for Children made multiple visits to the Harvard Kent School in Boston before Renee joined her class. They met with the principal, staff and every student at the school. When Renee went to class for the first time, the entire school was more supportive than she could have imagined. Renee developed friendships at school that continue to this day.

The school re-entry program helps reduce the risk of bullying by educating the students about what to expect when their classmate returns after experiencing a severe burn injury. The program provides critical support for the patient during what can be a very emotional and stressful time. This is another way Shriners Hospitals for Children sends its Love to the rescue®.