Education services are available throughout the University of Virginia Children's Hospital for school-aged children from first grade through high school graduation. Whether hospitalized on the 7th floor of University Hospital or at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center, patients are encouraged to attend school for individual and group instruction in the classrooms. Bedside services are also available for students who are confined to their rooms. Physical education is offered at University Hospital for children from age 2 through high school.
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 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 implement the eligibility process with parent permission.
For students enrolled in the HEP, credit for completed academic work and attendance is transferred to their home schools. Following discharge a summary of the student's participation and educational progress is shared with the local teacher/guidance counselor.
All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.