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hospital school: teacher with young patient

Hospital School

Contact: Mary Ellen Michalenko, OCM BOCES Hospital School Teacher
Phone: 315 464-7627
Email: michalem@upstate.edu

School is a normal activity for children and adolescents. When a child is in the hospital, it can interrupt the normal pattern of schooling. The hospital school program can offer a familiar routine.

Hospital School also gives children a chance to be creative and productive while maintaining a sense of identity and hope. Hospital School services will commence once approval has been provided to the teacher from the student's home district.

Goals of Hospital School

  • Use the hospital stay as a positive event
  • Develop an academic plan for all school age patients, taking into account their medical condition.
  • Provide instruction that will enable a child to return to class/homebound instruction with little loss of educational standing.
  • Prepare the students for all required tests, including Regent exams