Parents and Teachers

Having a child in the hospital can be overwhelming for parents so the Hospital School wants to provide as much information as possible to help you make decisions about your child's education. Please do not hesitate to call the school with your questions or concerns at 984.974.9497.

How can you help?

  • Providing input about their child's educational background, strength, and weaknesses.
  • Giving permission to contact the student's local school, allowing teachers to begin the vital process of collaboration and advocacy with the local school.
  • Encouraging their child to cooperate with the Hospital School teacher to complete lessons and assignments. 
  • Bringing books and assignments for planned hospital admissions. 
  • For special education students, providing copies of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and any testing results are helpful. 

Attending our School

Is there a charge for attendance? 

  • There is no charge for the Hospital School program. It is funded by the taxpayers of North Carolina, just like any other public school. 
Do students get credit?
  • Since the Hospital School is part of the public school system, credit must be given by the local school for assignments completed at the Hospital School and for the number of school days in attendance. 
What services are provided?
  • Direct instruction for K-12 students, young adults through age 21 who have not yet graduated from high school and Pre-K children with disabilities. Instruction is based on assignments from the student's local school, the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the student's individual ability.
  • Liaison with the local school to ensure student is not counted absent while enrolled in the Hospital School, obtain information about assignments, obtain school history, make suggestions and recommendations for services and/or transition planning upon the student's return to the community.
  • Academic testing
  • Preschool screening for 3 and 4 year olds
What is the role of the local school?
  • Providing information on the student's cognitive and academic levels of functioning, peer relationships, attendance and observations. 
  • Working with hospital teachers as they plan instruction.
  • Collaborating with the student's hospital "team" including teachers, doctors, social workers and other health care professionals to plan an appropriate educational program during hospitalization and to facilitate the student's transition back to the community.
  • When appropriate, keeping in touch with the student through cards, phone calls, Skype/Facetime.

Resources for parents and educators of students with special needs

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  

Crohn’s and Colitis

Girls’ Health

National Cancer Institute (Children’s Cancer) 

NC Association for the Education of Chronically Ill Children (NCAECIC)

Pediatric Cancer handbook

Pediatric Cancer -School Support


Spina Bifida

Psychiatric Disorders

Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities


Teaching Students with Aspergers

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Educator Toolkit


National Association for Males with Eating Disorders

Mental Health Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Autism Speaks

Community Alternatives Program for children needing alternative nursing care

Family Support Network of North Carolina

Focus Adolescent Services

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

National Alliance of Mental Illness NC