When a child is in the hospital, it can interrupt the normal, routine pattern of schooling. Arkansas Children’s Hospital School Program provides children a chance to be creative and productive while engaging in our school program.
The Hospital School Program supports patients through group school sessions, individual bedside instruction, as well as facilitate medically necessary documentation for patients’ schools. This also includes Homebound services, initiation of 504 plans, and assisting with school re-entry. The Hospital School Program works with your child’s school to develop an academic plan for patients, taking their medical condition into account. This program is available to patients five days a week, twelve months a year.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital School program is available to all current patients, grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, at no billable cost. Special attention is given to those patients whose hospital stay will exceed eight days, patients with special educational needs, chronic illnesses, or patients who have missed school before hospitalization.
Parents are encouraged to bring books and schoolwork from their child’s school. Otherwise, assignments can be faxed or emailed directly to our classroom from the teacher, counselor, or other school staff. Should schoolwork not be available, appropriate grade-level work will be available upon request. Our teachers are available to assist with grade-level work during group school held throughout the week. If your child is unable to participate in group school, individual bedside lessons may be provided.
During your child’s hospitalization, hospital teachers will keep your school updated on special needs the patient may have upon returning to school. Our teachers maintain records of attendance and progress, which can be sent to the patient’s school upon request.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital School Program assists in initiating Homebound Services for those patients who cannot attend school upon discharge from the hospital. Our teachers work with your child’s school and medical team, facilitating this request to provide your child with an optimal learning environment. For more information about Homebound Services, please contact your Hospital School Program teacher.
Due to medical reasons, patients with chronic diagnoses may need academic accommodations. Our Hospital School Program Teachers can assist with initiating 504 plans by coordinating with your child’s medical team and school counselor.
Our teachers assist with back to school re-entry when needed. In special circumstances, a Hospital School Program teacher may visit the patients’ school to speak with school personnel or students to educate them on the returning patient’s diagnosis, condition, limitations, etc. For more information to determine if your child would benefit from school re-entry assistance, please contact the Hospital School Program at 501-364-4449.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital ensures your child has the best resources to continue their education during hospitalization. The Hospital School Program’s classroom is complete with the latest in technology, computers, and developmental activities.
Patients have access to a variety of technology in the classroom, including Apple TVs, iPads, ChromeBooks, among other aids to assist in completing schoolwork. With a wide range of school-assigned reading books, patients can continue their education during their hospital stay. The classroom also hosts educational enrichment activities with a variety of community partners throughout the year. These activities focus on history, science, etc. for all ages.
Artists-in-Residence work with patients to foster creativity and create art during hospitalizations.
Child Life reduces stress and promotes positive coping using developmentally appropriate preparation, education, and play at Arkansas Children's.
Music Therapy is a goal-based practice used to address a wide range of patients' goals and needs during hospitalization.