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Welcome to Multnomah Education Service District’s (MESD) Hospital School Program. Our program offers educational services to inpatient and outpatient students receiving medical care across four major hospital sites in the Portland Metro area. Our staff is comprised of certified special education teachers licensed in the State of Oregon and classified educational assistants.

Mission Statement

The hospital school program is committed to serve as a bridge between home, hospital, and school by providing students with medical needs a flexible, motivational, educational experience that empowers them to take control of their academic future despite the challenges that accompany their diagnoses and treatments.


Why is school so important during hospitalization?

  • Promotes a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Combats feelings of isolation during hospitalization
  • Develops and maintains academic skills
  • Creates opportunities to make real connections with peers
  • Helps children cope with their hospitalization through participation in familiar and normal routines like school
  • Offers a welcome distraction


What you can do to help

Parents: Encourage your child to attend the classroom when they are medically stable.  We have found this approach contributes to the healing process. Let the school know about appointments, admits, and any medical challenges that will impact schooling.

Nurses: Work with students and families to help them understand the importance of their continued schooling and connect them to the hospital school program.

Doctors: Require school as part of the daily routine of a school-age patient.

Teachers/Counselors: Work with families, medical staff, and hospital teachers to prioritize learning during hospitalizations or ongoing treatments.

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4 Comments on “Home

    • Hi, I’m Laurel from Hospital School. While we serve students from all areas of Oregon, our program works with four hospitals in Portland. There is a national Hospital School org. AECMN that is made up of a variety of hospitals across the nation that have School Programs. Thanks for your interest.

  1. Hello – I am an administrator in Portland. I need to find out about educational services for a student who has been out of school since December 4, 2015, with a contagious skin condition. No treatments have cured his condition and he has now missed three months of school. Please contact me regarding how to get services for this child.

    • Cindi, you’re welcome to give us a call at your convenience. Each hospital has their own phone numbers but whoever you contact I’m sure will be able to connect you with the applicable person for your situation.

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