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What Are School Services?

When children are hospitalized for extended periods of time, school services (sometimes called hospital school programs) can help minimize disruption in learning during the recovery process.

How School Services Can Help

If your child is staying at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, we offer hospital school services through the St. Paul Public Schools. Your child doesn’t need to attend a St. Paul school to receive services, our teacher works with all school districts.

If your child qualifies, they’ll participate in one or two 30-minute school sessions per day in either a one-on-one or small group format. Our hospital teacher has extensive experience working with kids who have a wide range of disabilities and complex conditions.

There’s no cost to your family for these services, however your child must be out of school for two weeks or more to qualify.

In addition to supporting your child’s physical and emotional needs, the hospital-based teacher can help your family by working with your child’s school and teachers to:

  • Determine ways to minimize disruptions in learning.
  • Monitor missed lessons.
  • Provide lessons and homework help.
  • Help you understand the requirements and processes involved in obtaining individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • Support a smooth transition back to school.

How to Request Services

If you’re interested in school services, please talk to a child life specialist or your inpatient nurse.