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Tip Sheet: Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease
The purpose of this booklet is to inform people about sickle cell disease (SCD) and describe the roles that teachers, school staff and parents/caregivers play in supporting students living with SCD. The booklet highlights ways SCD may impact a student’s daily life and describes how school staff can make accommodations (i.e., adjustments to the classroom setting or instruction) to meet the needs of children who may experience health problems associated with SCD during the school day. The content covers information on ways SCD might impact education outcomes and information about pain, stroke, and symptoms associated with SCD that school personnel should know. Each student’s experience with SCD is different and the tips discussed should not replace any medical advice a person with SCD receives from their doctor.