Hospital School and School Re-Entry
Open Monday-Friday during Madison School District calendar year
American Family Children's Hospital offers Madison's only Board of Education-approved Hospital School to help patients - from 4K through high school - keep up with their school work.
Hospital School Mission
The hospital school's purpose is to offer every school-age child a school experience designed to meet his or her special needs, provide a normal routine for hospitalized 4K-12 patients and provide an opportunity for students to keep pace with their classmates.
About the Hospital School
The Hospital School is administered and maintained by the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Attendance in the Hospital School classrooms is encouraged for all patients in 4K through 12th grade. Bedside teaching is available, but is limited to students who are unable to leave their rooms due to medical restrictions/isolation.
To help students re-enter school with as little makeup work as possible, patients should bring their books and assignments with them to the hospital. Depending on your child's situation, hospital teachers may establish and maintain contact with your child's local school, after a permission form is signed by the parent/guardian.
Hospital School teachers will help students complete as much work as possible and provide additional academic and enrichment activities as needed.
Jeff Crawford Classroom and Teen Center
On the 4th floor of the American Family Children's Hospital, the Jeff Crawford Classroom and Teen Center is equipped with special air filtration to minimize risk of infection to patients with cancer. A gift from Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, this room also serves as a lounge for teenage patients during evenings and weekends.
Another school room is located on the 5th floor for all other school-age patients.
The school program helps patients complete school work so they don't suffer from "double jeopardy" - the misfortune of being hospitalized and, at the same time, falling behind in school and having to struggle later to catch up.
School re-entry services are available to assist children with a successful transition back into their community and school. The school re-entry program can also assist parents, patients, siblings and school personnel with information and resources to help facilitate a smooth and positive change back to school following illness.
Karen Carpenter, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, is available to coordinate and discuss school re-entry questions and concerns. She can be reached at (608) 852-1025.