You have a lot more responsibilities in middle school and high school than you did in elementary school. Your teachers and parents expect more because you’re older and more capable. They know the importance of education for your future and want you to do your best.
Living with a primary immunodeficiency (PI) can make doing your best pretty tough at times. You may be absent more which can lead to:
If your school day is not affected by your PI, it is up to you and your parents whether you say anything to the school about it. However, you should tell your school about your PI in the following situations:
If any of these apply to you, have your parents arrange a meeting with your school. Click here for more information about what parents should do.
Keeping up with Your School Work
The move from elementary school to middle school or high school can be exciting, but it can also make you nervous. You might wonder. Will I see my friends? Will I like my teachers? Will I find my locker or classroom? Sure, there are new things to get used to, but things usually go smoothly.
Coping with your PI in the school setting requires a little more thought. You may feel stress at school when you are experiencing homework overload, teachers giving deadlines, and you’re not feeling well. You can make it work with proven strategies to relieve the physical and emotional stress. Here are some suggestions to help you cope with the pressures and demands of school work:
Teasing and Bullying
Teasing is something that happens to many students, whether it’s during school or after school. Teasing becomes bullying when it is repetitive or the intention is to harm another person. Here are examples of bullying:
If you are in a situation where you are being bullied, tell a trusted adult right away. If the adult doesn’t listen, tell another adult until you are heard.