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Sep 04, 2019

How Kids Keep Up with Their Studies While in the Hospital

Boy in hospital bed
It’s Back to School time for most kids in the Metro New York area, but for children hospitalized with a critical illness, attending classes is not an option.

How do kids with long-term hospitalizations avoid falling behind in school? Through a program called The Hospitals School Program, part of the New York City Department of Education and District 75.

Available in 36 hospitals and medical facilities in NYC, this program educates school-aged children and is specialized to meet the individual needs of every child. New York State certified mainstream and special education teachers follow each child’s school curriculum and the Common Core Learning Standards.

Depending on how ill the child is, they will be taught either in small groups, a classroom setting or individually at bedside. The teachers can help with school outreach, school re-entry, and home instruction, in addition to the school curriculum. While hospitalized, children can take the NYS Regents and other exams required for promotion.

Keeping up with schoolwork has benefits beyond maintaining a child’s academic standing. When a child participates in some of the familiar activities of school, some of the stress related to being hospitalized can be reduced.

To learn more about The Hospitals School Program, visit

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