Special Education Services

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Some hospitalized children may experience a change of status due to illness or injury that impacts their ability to function in the general education program.   With parent permission the Hospital Education Program (HEP) may conduct a comprehensive special education evaluation for the child who is suspected of having a disability.  If a child is found eligible for special education and related services, an education team meets with the parent(s) and student, where appropriate, to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the hospital stay.  Home school personnel are invited to participate in eligibility and IEP meetings.

For the child who is already identified as a special education student, the hospital teacher requests a copy of the home school IEP.  With parent permission the IEP may be modified for use during hospitalization.  If deemed appropriate by a child's IEP team, the HEP may conduct a special education reevaluation with parent permission.

All HEP services are free to children and their families.  For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.