School Re-entry Program

Medical Reviewer: Megan Hyman, M.S., OT/L
Last Updated: October 27, 2020

What is the School Re-entry Program?

For over thirty years, Brooks School Re-entry Program has provided a continuum of school transition and support services for children and adolescents at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital and Brooks’ outpatient clinics. Our School Re-entry specialists serve as liaisons, collaborating with the child’s family, their medical team and their school in order to maximize academic success. School Re-entry services are customized to meet the unique needs of each child. For children recovering from a disabling injury or illness, our School Re-entry specialists work with the various school districts and school personnel to minimize lost academics while coordinating a safe and successful transition back to school.

The child’s eventual return to school is an integral part of their rehabilitation journey and we strive to make it a positive experience for the child and family. For our outpatients, School Re-entry works in partnership with the family, medical team and the school to ensure needed educational services and supports are provided. Whether through attendance at a school meeting or meeting with classmates to discuss expectations for the child’s return to school, School Re-entry seeks to offer individualized support relevant to the child’s disabling injury or illness. Some of School Re-entry’s additional services may include but are not limited to: referrals and recommendations for Exceptional Student Education or 504 Plans, early intervention referrals for ages birth through three years of age, and providing information to college students on how to obtain accommodations. The School Re-entry Program is here to help and our services are free and forever.

Inpatient

When you first arrive at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, a School Re-entry specialist will meet with you and your child to assess his or her educational needs. They will then work closely with you, your child’s school and our medical team to coordinate school services throughout the hospital stay and following discharge. Our goal is to minimize lost academics and to maximize your child’s safe and successful transition back to school. We believe your child’s successful school re-entry is an integral part of their total rehabilitation.

Services offered by Brooks School Re-entry Program include:

  • Attendance at team conferences and family conferences to ensure needed school-related information is shared
  • Coordination of school services while in the rehabilitation hospital and after discharge, including referrals for Hospital/Homebound, ESE services or 504 Plans
  • Participation in school meetings
  • Providing verbal and printed information to school personnel to assist with school planning
  • Providing verbal and printed information to parents on topics related to their child’s educational needs
  • Meeting with classmates to provide appropriate information to help them best support your child’s transition back to school
  • Follow-up and monitoring of school transition and school services
  • Ongoing access to School Re-entry specialists following discharge
  • Referrals to early intervention programs (ages birth – 3-years-old)
  • Providing college students with information on obtaining needed accommodations.
  • Providing verbal and printed information to parents on topics related to their child’s educational needs
  • Advocating for your child’s school-related needs

Outpatient

The Brooks School Re-entry Program is also available to assist you and your child with any school-related issues during your outpatient care. School Re-entry specialists will meet with you and your child to assess his or her educational needs. They will then work closely with you, your child’s school and your child’s therapist(s) to address the educational concerns.

Services offered by Brooks School Re-entry Program may include:

  

  • Referrals for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services, 504 Plans and early intervention
  • Referrals to early intervention programs (ages birth – 3-years-old)
  • Participation in school meetings
  • Providing verbal and printed information to school personnel to assist with school planning
  • Providing verbal and printed information to parents on topics related to their child’s education
  • Follow-up and monitoring of school services and transition
  • Ongoing access to School Re-entry specialists at any time during treatment and beyond
  • Assisting college students in obtaining needed accommodations.

Let us provide you with the tools to help your child achieve school success.

How to reach us

For additional information, please call 904-345-7218 or 904-345-6917.

You can also email us at Schoolreentry@Brooksrehab.org.

Medical Reviewer

Megan Hyman, M.S., OT/L

Pediatric Community Programs Manager, Outpatient Pediatric Program Coordinator
Megan Hyman is a pediatric occupational therapist of 19 years, working in outpatient and school-based environments. Megan is the Pediatric Community Programs Manager at Brooks, overseeing operations of the Pediatric Recreation Program, School Re-entry Program, and Brooks ThinkFirst chapter. Megan also serves as Outpatient Pediatric Program Coordinator, supporting programmatic implementation and development of best practices in pediatric rehabilitation across the division.