When a child is hospitalized, there can be concerns about what to do about school.
At Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands, our education coordinator serves as a liaison between the hospital and the patient’s school, acting as an advocate for the patient to help meet their educational needs. The education coordinator will meet with the patient and the parent/guardian on the day of admission. With the parent’s permission, she will call the school and inform the attendance or guidance office that the student has been admitted to Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands.
No medical information is shared with the school unless specifically requested by the parent. At the parent’s request, arrangements can be made for assignments to be collected and retrieved by a family member or friend. The parent is responsible for asking the nurse for a written excuse when the patient is discharged. The nurse will have communicated with the doctor about the projected date of the student’s return to school.
If the patient is going to miss more than a week or two of school they may be eligible for Medical Homebound Instruction, depending on the school district. The patient’s school district will be responsible for providing a tutor when the patient is discharged. The education coordinator will explain how Medical Homebound Instruction works, initiate the paperwork and file the proper documents with the patient’s school or district. The parent will be provided with a copy of the form for their records.
The education coordinator is available on days school is in session from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Contact Prisma Health Children's Hospital–Midlands Education Coordinator Flossie Harvie at 803-434-4649. Maria Bernard is the school advocate for all Cancer and Blood Disorder patients and can be reached at 803-434-3533.