Academic and emotional assistance to students
Free Education Law for Sick Children – The Free Education Law for Sick Children (5761-2001), which was entrusted for implementation, supervision, and control by the Division of Special Education, entitles sick students aged 5-18 in regular education and ages 3-21 in special education, to educational support And therapeutic/emotional during the school year according to the following division:
Sick students hospitalized
Sick students hospitalized in the hospitals will study in the classrooms in the pediatric wards. A personal curriculum will be determined in coordination between the school/kindergarten and the representative of the educational framework at the hospital. This program will be determined, taking into account the needs of the hospitalized student, his medical limitations, and his curriculum before his illness. If the student’s program includes emotional therapy through the arts, this therapy will be provided at the hospital (subject to the parents signing a consent form for the treatment).
Upon the return of the hospitalized student to his community school, the Biss staff will be updated on the student’s condition and needs.
Students staying at home due to illness with a doctor’s permit
Students who stay at home due to illness for a period exceeding 21 consecutive days with a doctor’s approval will receive an educational service in their home from the service provider of the Ministry of Education – Kadima Mada. The support is provided free of charge at the student’s home throughout the country. It focuses on the effort to help these students bridge the learning gaps resulting from their prolonged absence from the educational setting.
Contacting the service provider should be made as soon as the student is absent.
The responsibility for the patient’s student’s studies at home will be borne by the school staff and the educational staff of the service provider, who will jointly build the student’s tailored curriculum.
- For more details on Kadima Mada, http://www.kadimamada.org.
Students who do not meet the criteria of the Ministry of Education regarding the extent of days of absence from school, but need study assistance, can contact the Talalim Association, which assists the virtual school (learning in full voice communication by a real-time teacher). For this purpose, you must contact the Talalim Association and submit an application form (available on the Talalim website) accompanied by a medical certificate from the attending physician at the hospital.
- Talalim Association website:
Students returning to school after prolonged absence for medical reasons
Students suffering from persistent illnesses, who due to their health condition have been absent from school for more than four weeks, or have been absent for shorter periods more frequently during the school year due to ongoing treatments, and the total absence time was not less than 30 school days throughout the school year—educational and emotional support from the “sick hours” basket.
Upon the student’s return to school, a multidisciplinary team meeting will be held with the parents and the student, which aims to formulate a student support plan that includes learning needs, social integration, emotional therapy, recommended hours according to eligibility, scheduling, and evaluation and feedback evaluation processes. These hours are called “sick hours” and are only given for the same school year.
The hours will be given by qualified teachers with appropriate skills and will be provided beyond the student’s study hours in his class not to disrupt his ordinary course of study in the classroom.
The ways to apply for assistance are through the school: The principal, the educational counselor, is responsible for sick children in the MTA. Personally, even if they do not meet the conditions for absence from school.
Assistance with taking medication in kindergarten and school
Students can receive assistance from the educational staff in taking medication while in kindergarten or school.
Follow the attached procedure.
This section repeals section 9 of Circular NB / 1 on the same subject.
The responsibility for the student’s health applies to the parents, and the staff of the educational institution assists them in fulfilling this responsibility.
Sometimes – in various health conditions, within the framework of the medical care given to the parents’ responsibility – students are required to receive medical treatment at the educational institution to complete the therapeutic sequence and in emergencies or distress.
Only a physician will decide on administering medicine to a student, for whatever reason, out of professional considerations of the necessity of giving the treatment during his studies.
The aim is to allow drug treatment as a therapeutic sequence only in case of need, and the purpose is that the drug will be given to the student as much as possible during the hours he stays at home, under the responsibility of his parents.
Suppose the student’s health condition requires medical treatment at the educational institution during school hours or in activities on his behalf. In that case, the parents must submit two documents to the educational institution:
- A document from a doctor describing the student’s health condition and detailing the need to administer the drug, the name of the drug, the dosage, and how it is given
- A power of attorney document from the parents to the educational staff, including their request to act following the medical guidelines in the doctor’s document.
These documents will also be handed over to the school nurse and will be filed in the student’s health care. If these approvals are not available, the staff of the educational institution will not be able to allow the provision of the required drug treatment.
Medicines should not be given according to the decision of the staff of the educational institution, and the responsibility for administering the medication should not be transferred to the school even if the parents’ functioning is impaired.
In case of doubt, consider how the required drug treatment can be ensured in consultation with the parents, a consultation with the attending physician, or a welfare officer.
Please get in touch with Ms. Irit Livneh, Supervisor of Health at the Ministry of Education, Tel. 02-5603451 and 02-5603220.