– For a child to succeed in school can be challenging even under the best of circumstances. Imagine how much harder it is after a diagnosis that requires hospitalization, treatment, and often long-term care. The Andrew Rypien School Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital provides much-needed support for pediatric patients, as well as their parents, so that children with serious medical issues have the resources to keep up in school. Staying connected to school, including each student’s teachers and classmates, is important. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem. It creates a sense of independence and empowerment at a time when a child can otherwise feel powerless. It inspires creativity and motivation. As a result, overall well-being improves, which, in turn, supports healing.
– The Andrew Rypien School helps reduce the chances that children will be held back in school, or worse, will drop out before graduating. Both are higher-than-average risks for children under long-term medical care. The School also helps reduce stress among parents, who are often at a loss about how to coordinate schoolwork for their child. The School assists parents and their children with staying connected to schools and class assignments, facilitating modified lesson planning and delivery to accommodate each individual student. The School staff will also help to ease re-entry into regular school following treatment. Through this school program, we can assure that medically fragile children under long-term treatment at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will have the resources they need, to have every opportunity to succeed as students.