We provide educational services
while your child is hospitalized.
Welcome to the Hospital Schools Program. Our
knowledgeable staff will provide for your child’s
educational needs while hospitalized, either at
bedside or in a small group setting. Our teachers
will support your child so he or she can continue
to develop their educational goals.
Our mission is to enable your child to return to
school with individual gains. Our teachers adhere to
all New York State Standards and will provide your
child with instructional materials.
We wish your child a speedy recovery and we will
offer our support in the transition back to their
We are committed to providing educational services
for all school aged public, private and parochial
students who are hospitalized for chronic/acute
medical/orthopedic/psychiatric conditions. Our
program adheres to all New York State Performance
Standards and establishes a close liaison with the
students’ home schools.
Parents often ask, how can I support my child while
he/she is in the hospital or recuperating at home?
Teamwork is key to your
child's success in school
Parents can support their child by doing the
following prior to a planned hospital stay or
during his/her admission:
• Contact your child’s home school and inform them
of your child’s hospital stay.
• Contact your child’s teacher and try to get the work
that your child will miss while in the hospital. The
child’s regular teacher can help to determine what
material to focus on. If at all possible, bring your
child’s books to the hospital.
• You can bring or have your child’s assignments faxed
or emailed to the hospital after making contact with
the hospital teacher.
• If your child has been identified as a special needs child
you should make every attempt to bring his or her IEP
to the hospital to share with the hospital teacher.
• Upon your child’s discharge, it is very important for
the parent to obtain a medical note regarding the
child’s hospitalization and his/her medical/physical/
emotional readiness to return to school. Please make
sure to see the attendance secretary, so that he/she
can be readmitted.
What are the advantages of attending
school while your child is hospitalized?
Since illnesses often result in lengthy absences from
school that impact on your child’s learning and grades,
attending school while in the hospital can help your
child maintain his/her academic standing. While your
child participates in the familiar activities of school,
some of the stress related to being hospitalized can be
reduced. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child
to get that much needed one:one instruction and
Your child can take Regents, ELA/Math exams required
for promotion while hospitalized. Students receive
grades while attending our program which are
forwarded to their home schools. The Hospital Schools
teacher can facilitate your child’s return to his/her
community school or they can help arrange for Home
Instruction. NYC public school and parochial school
students are eligible for attendance credit once they
attend the Hospital School Program for three
What happens if your child is not medically
able to return to school?
Home Instruction Services
A student who is in need of home instruction services
due to an accident, illness, orthopedic or other medical
condition may be eligible for home instruction.
Consult with your child’s hospital teacher and/or social
worker regarding this educational service. For more information, feel free to visit their website at: