3. Supporting students during transition between hospital, home and school
The following information describes how schools support students during transition between hospital, home and school.
The school in which the student is enrolled retains responsibility for the student’s curriculum when they are in hospital or recuperating at home.
Hospital based education staff may also assist the school in supporting the student.
School should plan ways to maintain connections with peers and the classroom teacher using a range of communication methods.
Liaise with hospitals
Schools should liaise with hospital-based education staff and therapists to:
- provide learning programs that maintain continuity of learning
- determine learning strategies relevant that take into account any changes in the student’s:
- psychosocial, and
- cognitive capabilities
- acknowledge all learning outcomes achieved through the hospital-based experience.
Provide additional support
Plan re-entry strategies
Schools should plan re-entry strategies that address:
- support for social and emotional impacts.
Set realistic expectations
- not expect assessment tasks to be completed immediately upon return to school
- not expect students to maintain the pace of curriculum participation
- enable students to participate if and when they feel able.
Reviewed 16 January 2023