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What Are School Services?

When children are hospitalized for extended periods of time, school services (sometimes called hospital school programs) provide additional education activities and lessons during an inpatient stay.

At Gillette, we offer hospital school services through Saint Paul public schools. Your child does not need to attend a Saint Paul public school to receive school services. Our teaching staff member has experience working with children who have a wide range of ages, disabilities and complex conditions.


How can School Services help my child?

The hospital-based teacher can help your family by working with your child’s school and teachers to:

  • Determine strategies for new learning
  • Monitor missed lessons and provide homework help
  • Provide educational activities to address learning gaps
  • Help explain the process for getting an individualized education program (IEP) for your child
  • Receive credits for time spent in rehabilitation therapies

If your child qualifies for school services, they will participate in one or two 30-minute school sessions per day. The session could be in a group setting or one-on-one.


Who qualifies for School Services at Gillette?

Any child who will miss more than two weeks of school while staying at Gillette Children's can use our school services.


How can I request School Services for my child’s hospital stay?

If you are interested in school services for you child, please speak with your physician prior to the hospital stay, or your inpatient nurse once the hospital stay has begun.