School Accommodations Letter | Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

School Accommodations Letter

Template letter to request school accommodations including unlimited bathroom access, excused absences, and other accommodations. Letter may be given to healthcare provider to fill-in details and specific accommodations needed for the child or teen.


[School Address]

To Whom It May Concern:

[NAME] is a patient currently under my care.  Due to (her/his) illness (he/she) is a candidate for school accommodations under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  She/he is substantially impaired in the major life activities of digestion, disposal of bodily waste, and eating. 

This student has a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (“IBD”) called (Crohn’s Disease/ ulcerative colitis).  IBD is a chronic disease affecting the gastrointestinal system or GI tract. 

Ulcerative colitis affects the colon; Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the digestive track, from the mouth to the anus. 

The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal and rectal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and arthritis-like joint pain.  Although its cause is unknown, IBD involves the immune system and causes inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the intestines.   The emotional and physical symptoms are interrelated in complex ways, and patients can experience flare-ups during times of emotional tension and stress.  

Students with active IBD will need to use the bathroom several times a day – sometimes as many as 20 – often on a moment’s notice in order to avoid fecal incontinence.  Incontinence still may occur, and students who suffer this symptom will need to be able to clean themselves and change clothes during the school day. IBD is a chronic illness that is cyclical; patients can face associated gastrointestinal symptoms in a recurrent pattern, with periods of symptom inactivity in between active flare-ups and complications.  Symptoms may worsen in an unpredictable manner and conversely, may go into remission for varying lengths of time.  Medications can help manage the discomfort and inflammation, but are not cures for IBD.

As a result this chronic condition, NAME requires accommodations which may include unlimited bathroom access, excused absences, and other accommodations.

Please call my office at [xxx-xxx-xxxx], if you have any questions or concerns.




[Contact Information]

For further information, call Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's IBD Help Center: 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

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Published: August 17, 2016

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