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Child Life Services

Hospital School Program

Did you know that there is a teacher who can work one-on-one with your child during his/her hospital stay? And, that this teacher can help your child reach his/her educational goals and attendance credit? Below are some question and answers about Hospital School. For more information, contact your child's attending doctor, nurse or child life specialist, or call the Hospital School teacher at 570.271.8956 or email hospitalschool@csiu.org.

What services are provided for my child?
The Hospital School teacher provides educational services like teaching and testing, as well as assistance with your child's re-entry to his/her home school. Additionally, the Hospital School teacher will maintain a connection with your child's home school teacher to get information about assignments, your child's educational history, and to be sure your child receives credit for attendance and assignments he/she completes while at the Hospital School. The Hospital School teacher will also suggest services and activities that will aid your child's return to school.

How is the Hospital School staffed?
The Hospital School is staffed by a state-certified teacher employed by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).

Where is the Hospital School located?

The Hospital School is located on the third floor of Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital. Services are also provided at your child's bedside when needed.

Is there a charge for the program?
There is no charge for the Hospital School services.

What are the criteria for my child to enroll in the Hospital School?
The Hospital School is available for patients of Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital who are hospitalized beyond two school days and in grades K-12 or to students receiving special education services from ages five to 21. Patients with chronic illnesses that require shorter,
but frequent, hospital stays also qualify for enrollment into the Hospital School.

How can I help my child?
Parental involvement is always encouraged throughout the length of your child's hospital stay. You can be an essential resource in your child's progress by bringing books and assignments for planned hospitalizations, and provide documentation of prior educational progress and materials to the Hospital School teacher. Your continued input will be valuable as the Hospital School teacher plans for your child's return to his/her home school. School is a major part of a child's life. Hospital School activities give students a reassuring routine and remind them that they can return to school with confidence.

How do I enroll my child in the Hospital School?
Contact the hospital school teacher, Barbara Morgan at 570.271.8956 or email hospitalschool@csiu.org. Additionally, your child's nurse or any child life specialist can also help you get into contact with the hospital school teacher.