Education services are available throughout the University of Virginia Children's Hospital for school-age children from first grade through high school graduation. Patients are encouraged to attend school for individual and group instruction in the classroom. Bedside services are also available for students who are confined to their rooms.
Students who are seen for three or more days are enrolled in the Hospital Education Program (HEP). Contact is made with the child's home school to obtain assignments. For students enrolled in the HEP, credit for completed academic work and attendance is transferred to their home schools. Upon discharge, a summary of the student's participation and educational progress is sent to the home school teacher or guidance counselor.
For the child who is in special education, a copy of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is requested from the home school division. With parent permission the IEP may be modified for use during hospitalization. For the child who is suspected of having a disability, the HEP may initiate the eligibility process with parent permission.
All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.