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School is a normal activity for children and adolescents. When a child is in the hospital, it can interrupt the normal pattern of schooling. Hospital school can offer a familiar routine. School addresses the healthy part of a child’s life during their hospital stay and shows that they can expect to return to normal events. Hospital School also gives children a chance to be creative and productive, while maintaining a sense of identity and hope. Special attention is given to those patients whose hospital stay will exceed 10 days, who have special educational needs, who have chronic illnesses and visit the hospital frequently, or who have missed school prior to hospitalization.
Goals of Hospital School
Certified teachers, along with a team of volunteers, coordinate the Hospital School Program within the Child Life and Education Department. In addition to providing formal schooling, the teachers also provide educational support and developmental activities to the patients. As members of the patients’ care team, the teachers consult with other professionals involved with the patients’ care. Each teacher is also a current member of the Association for the Education of Children with Medical Needs.
Programs and Features
Our teachers assist with back to school reentries when needed. In special cases, a teacher may visit the patients’ school to speak with school personnel or the students, to educate them on the returning patient’s diagnosis, condition, limitations, etc.
Our hospital school teachers look forward to working with your child at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The teachers are available Monday through Friday. If you have any questions about specific educational needs of a patient, please call 501-364-1412 or 501-364-4449.