• Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital

    The teacher at the Hospital School at Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital provides educational services like teaching and testing, as well as assistance with children’s re-entry to their home school.

    Additionally, the Hospital School teacher maintains a connection with each child’s home school teacher to get information about assignments, the child’s educational history, and to be sure the child receives credit for attendance and assignments he/she completes while at the Hospital School. The Hospital School teacher will also suggest services and activities that will aid in the child’s return to school.

    Below are questions and answers parents might have about the Hospital School.

    How is the Hospital School staffed?

    The Hospital School is staffed by a state-certified teacher employed by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).

    Where is the Hospital School located?

    The Hospital School is located on the third floor of Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Services are also provided at your child’s bedside when needed.

    What are the criteria for my child to enroll in the Hospital School?

    The Hospital School is available for patients of Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital who are hospitalized beyond two school days and in grades K-12 or to students receiving special education services from ages five to 21. Patients with chronic illnesses that require shorter, but frequent, hospital stays also qualify for enrollment into the Hospital School.

    How can I help my child?

    Parental involvement is always encouraged throughout the length of your child’s hospital stay. You can be an essential resource in your child’s progress by bringing books and assignments for planned hospitalizations, and provide documentation of prior educational progress and materials to the Hospital School teacher. Your continued input will be valuable as the Hospital School teacher plans for your child’s return to his/her home school. School is a major part of a child’s life. Hospital School activities give students a reassuring routine and remind them that they can return to school with confidence.

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  • If you have questions, contact your child’s attending doctor, nurse or child life specialist, or the Hospital School teacher at the number and email address below.

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