Hello Teachers, School Administrators and Guidance Counselors! You are probably looking at this page because there is a child in your school or classroom who has been diagnosed with cancer. These next few months will be very difficult for the child and their family, and the stress and isolation can take a toll on a child's spirit.
As a teacher or school administrator, you can play a vital role in helping the child to maintain a connection to normalcy, friends, and school during this unpredictable time.
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Our goal is to make this as simple as possible for you and the family. Teachers welcome Hopecam into their classrooms because they understand the positive impact it can have on the child with cancer and their classmates.
Hopecam provides the student with a tablet computer and an internet connection if needed.
Schools generally use their own computers for Hopecam and we provide a webcam. It is helpful to involve a technology specialist with the installation of the video conferencing application and the webcam. In special circumstances, we lend schools a laptop which must be returned at the end of the school year.
Once the school is set up with a web camera and a video conferencing account, we help the family and the teacher agree on a schedule and type of connection. We always recommend that a "test call" is done first between the teacher and the child before inviting the rest of the class in on the call. A teacher will initiate the "call" to the family at the predetermined time. Both parties must be logged into the video conferencing application for a call to work.
Once the school is set up with a web camera and the video conferencing application, we help the family and the teacher agree on a schedule and style of a connection. We always recommend a test call be done first between the teacher and the child before inviting the rest of the class in on the call.
Teachers have a lot going on in their classrooms, and Hopecam is one more thing that we ask teachers to take on. We ask that you remember that the teacher, or staff member, is doing Hopecam voluntarily because they understand the impact it can have on a homebound child.
Keep in touch with your child’s teacher using email and let them know ahead of time if you have to cancel a connection.