Every year, thousands of Arizona children require education outside of school because of illness or injury. In the 2010– 2011 school year, nearly 10,000 school-aged children were admitted to Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Their hospital stay could have resulted in a loss of 25,000 days of learning. Most children also miss additional school time before hospitalization and during recovery.
Children face a variety of consequences when their education is interrupted:
- they can be held back a grade
- they can lose scholarship opportunities
- they can even be forced to withdraw from their schools
- all run the risk of decreased self-confidence due to disruptions in their schooling.
During 2011, Cardon Children’s School served more than 2,200 children from more than 60 school districts in Arizona. The program’s two classrooms give teachers and patients a designated place to focus on instruction and provide access to computers for distance learning or online instruction.
Employing two teachers, our school operates during the academic year and offers classes for kindergarten through high school.
The program is part of the Child Life department, which aims to make the hospital experience more positive for children through education, support and play.