We understand how important it is for your child to continue learning as they get the medical care they need. That is why Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt began our Hospital School Program in 1997.
Our hospital school helps children keep up with schoolwork and maintain academic skills. We understand the importance of maintaining a routine and we want your child to return to school with as little stress as possible.
Our Hospital School offers two ways to support patients.
When a child is absent from school for 10 days or more, they might be eligible for their local school's homebound program. If your child's doctor thinks they should stay out of school for an extended period, our teacher will work with your local school district and medical team to make the appropriate referral. The hospital school teacher is available to help you understand school laws and guidelines.
If your child is in the hospital for a lengthy stay, our hospital teachers can work with your school to coordinate assignments and provide school assistance. Teachers and volunteer tutors provide academic support in your child's patient room.
Tisha Coggin, teacher
Lesley Thompson, teacher
Diantay Westbrook, teacher for students of Metro Nashville Public Schools