Helping Students with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following lists give suggestions for helping a student with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) access a general education.

School accommodations and responsibilities:

  • Establish a good working relationship with the parent/legal guardian
  • Streamline make-up assignments; assign the make-up work that is most critical in helping the student pass the class
  • Provide regular, carefully planned exercise, which helps by providing healing movement, increased energy, and feelings of well being
  • Provide for appropriate and agreed upon home study activities
  • Provide a peer tutor or someone to act as a scribe
  • Shorten assignments (once a student has mastered a concept, move on)
  • Follow agreed upon medical procedures when they are given under a doctor’s order
  • Reduce pencil/paper tasks
  • A second set of textbooks may be sent home
  • Extended time on assignments and exams
  • Special consideration for physical education may be required
  • Adjust times for difficult classes and testing to when the student is most alert
  • Use agreed upon technology to help the student in the classroom and when doing school work at home
  • Provide breaks and quiet time

Parent involvement:

  • Develop a good working relationship with school personnel; provide ongoing communication during the school year
  • Use physician and other medical personnel to assist school personnel in learning about and managing CFS in the school setting
  • Work closely with teacher on daily school work and homework assignments
  • Provide the school with doctor’s orders for managing the student’s CFS
  • Provide the school with emergency phone numbers of parent/legal guardian and other responsible individuals
  • Provide the student with a healthy diet
  • Encourage the student to keep a daily diary to identify when the student has the most energy and help plan activities during these times
  • Have the student’s doctor plan an exercise program to maintain strength at whatever level is possible

Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:

  • Cooperate in all CFS related tasks at school
  • Follow the doctor’s orders as the management of CFS in school
  • As agreed upon allow the student to carry and use medicines, like pancreatic enzymes

*** These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but they are proven ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help the student access a general education.