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    Hospital Education

    Our medical team has doctors, nurses, and teachers, too!

    Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) has a group of certified hospital teachers who provide year-round educational services for patients ages two to 21. Because we know that school is an important part of a child's life, we will help them stay in touch with what's happening back home. Our classrooms are equipped with computers, DVD players, books, games, puzzles, and toys selected with children in mind. Based on information from the patient, their parents, doctors and school, an educational program will be designed especially for them—without cost.

    CHoR is interested in more than just a patient's medical needs. We want to know how our patients are growing and developing. Hospital teachers help answer these questions.

    With parents' permission, our hospital teachers may:

    • Talk with patients and school personnel back home
    • Give informal and formal educational screenings or assessments
    • Talk with our hospital team about a patient's progress and needs

    While a child is hospitalized our teachers can:

    • Provide early childhood stimulation activities and experiences
    • Provide instruction designed to meet each patient's educational needs
    • Gather books, assignments and tests from school
    • Develop or modify a child's Individualized Educational Program (IEP)

    When it is time to go home our hospital teachers will help make the transition as smooth as possible. If a patient has completed three or more school sessions, our hospital teachers will:

    • Give attendance credit if the patient is enrolled in a Virginia public school
    • Send a letter to the child's home school about his/her educational program at CHoR

    In addition, even if a patient's stay is short, our hospital teachers may:

    • Meet with a patient's medical team and parents to coordinate the exchange of medical information with the child's school
    • Visit the school to help with a patient's return
    • Plan for any special needs at a patient's school, such as:

         – Transportation
         – Diet
         –Classroom modifications/changes
         – Physical education adaptations
         – Homebound instruction

    • Make a referral to the appropriate CHoR or outpatient educational consultant if additional follow-up services are needed
    • Make a referral to your home school division for consideration of special education services when indicated

    The Hospital Education Program also provides outpatient services for patients seen in these clinics:

    • Care Connection for Children
    • Hematology/sickle cell
    • Neurology
    • Oncology

    The Hospital Education Program is sponsored and funded by the Virginia Department of Education in cooperation with the Richmond Public Schools.

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