Side effect of medications and accommodations

Symptom: The student is experiencing excessive thirst, a frequent need to urinate, or bouts of diarrhea as a result of some of the medications used to treat the illness (especially in the early stages of treatment).


  • Allow the student to keep a water bottle at his or her side or to have unlimited access to (non-caffeinated) fluids.
  • Allow unlimited access to the bathroom (with a signal to each teacher as to where the student is going–without announcing it publicly)
  • Educate the staff (especially the school nurse) about medication side effects which may include drowsiness, diarrhea, stomach aches, and cognitive dulling and the need to accommodate for these.


Symptom: The student is sleeping in class because his or her body is not yet accustomed to a new medication.


  • Provide a place for the student to take a brief nap so that he or she can continue with the school day. (Sleepiness usually subsides as the body adjusts to the medication).


Symptom: The student is experiencing cognitive dulling and a lack of endurance as a result of the medication(s).


  • Schedule frequent breaks.
  • Provide extra time for work completion.
  • Decrease workload and homework.

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