Share These Important Points to Help Educators Understand Explain that PI stands for "primary immmunodeficiency disease," a genetic condition that makes your child susceptible to illness and infections. Reassure your child's educators that your child poses no risk to other children. PI is not contagious and cannot be spread to other children or adults. Let educators know that your child can participate in classroom and playground activities. Describe how common germs can be especially harmful—even life-threatening—to your child's health. Request a 504 plan, a plan that you and the school develop to ensure your child receives accommodations that will ensure academic success and access to the learning environment. Ask Educators to Help Minimize Your Child's Exposure to Germs Ask educators to encourage children to stay home from school when they are sick. Request that if classmates do come to school sick that they be sent to the nurse's office or separated as much as possible from your child. Appeal to the educator to reinforce good hygiene and encourage children to wash their hands after sneezing, blowing their noses, or using the restroom. Alert Educators to Recognize Potential Problems Ask educators to contact you if your child appears overly tired, feverish, chilled, or exhibits symptoms including cough, congestion, runny nose, earache, difficulty breathing or headache. Communicate that your child's treatment experience may result in side effects, such as fatigue, headache, or swelling at infusion site. Talking With Family & Friends It's important for the entire family—especially siblings—to know about PI. They need to understand that your child can live a normal life with proper treatment. With siblings, make them aware that having PI makes their brother or sister more susceptible to getting sick. If they have friends with colds or the flu, make it a point not to bring them home. Tell your child's friends and their parents that PI is not contagious and cannot be spread to other children or adults. Let them know that having PI does not necessarily limit a child's activities.