I think it is super important to let teachers, coaches, and instructors who work with your children know about a parent's cancer diagnosis. They see your child differently and can pick up on behavioral changes that you may not be able to see.
My husband did not want to tell people about his diagnosis, but I insisted that we inform our children’s teachers, and we did so every year.
I am happy we did because so many things can trigger a child. I remember a little boy was having a bad day and said something like, “this is so bad. It is like having cancer” in front of my daughter. That upset her; thankfully, the teacher knew why and could help immediately. Cancer and death come up in different literature assessments. Studying cell development in science might be challenging for some kids. There are many places where cancer and death can show up in school, You want your child and their teachers to be prepared.
Your child might be fine at home, but their behavior may change at school, or their ability to study might change. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen, but if your teachers know – they can be on your team to help.
To help you communicate with your school, listed below are examples of my emails. I read them now and would do some things different but I think it gives you a place to start with your own communication.