Letter To Let Other Parents Know About Your Student's Cancer

Letter To Let Other Parents Know About Your Student's Cancer

A letter your school can personalise to let parents at your school know that a student has cancer. Remember to consult with your student's family beforehand.


Dear Parent,

One of your child's classmates has recently found out they have cancer/been treated for cancer.

The child will soon be returning to school/has recently returned to school. There are 2 reasons for this letter.

The first is to make you aware of their cancer diagnosis and reassure you that your child cannot catch cancer.

The second is to ask you to please contact me (or school nurse or class teacher) straightaway if your child has chickenpox or measles.

Measles and chickenpox can have very serious consequences for someone having cancer treatment and we need to tell the parents so that they can take the appropriate action.

We will also be working with your child's class to help them understand what their classmate is going through.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,


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The pages in the childhood cancer and education section of this website have been developed in collaboration with the National Child Cancer Network (NZ), and the Ministry of Education. Content has been approved by the National Child Cancer Network (NZ).

This page last reviewed 12 May 2022.

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