SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Public Schools is offering students help by providing Home Hospital teachers.
The full-time teachers go to the a student's home or a hospital while the student deals with a health condition.
Nick Cafero is a senior at Ferris High School. When he was in middle school, he was diagnosed with arthritis. He is in constant pain.
"It attacks my spine, knees, ankles and eyes. Pretty much everywhere there are big joints," Nick said. "I have good days and bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks. Sometimes I'll be able to go without it in the winter but it's the worst time of the year for me."
Tracey Prophet is one of two Spokane Public School teachers who works with students, including Nick, who have medical conditions that keep them from going school.
"Their family is usually very overwhelmed by the health situation that they are in and it is just really difficult for them to also think about staying caught up in school and making those contacts with the school to get homework. So I feel like I provide them a little relief in that part," said Prophet.
Prophet has about eight students she sees every week. The number changes as students go back to school. She teaches all subjects to middle and high school students. She sees Nick for three hours each week.
Nick is on track to graduate in the spring. He wants to attend Gonzaga University.
"It relieves a lot of stress. There's just a lot that she does for me that I don't have to do, like communicate with my teachers and go to the school when I am not feeling well enough to go," said Nick.
"My high school students are really focused on staying with their current class and being able to graduate with that class. It's very rewarding to me to help them do that," Prophet said.