Your Rights in Foster Care
15. Psychiatric Hospitals


Whether you are in a hospital for a long time or a short time, you have the right to go to school.

There is usually a school in the hospital.

You have the right to the same level of education that you would be getting if you were living at home and in school. You can’t be kept out of school as punishment. You have the right to attend school and you must attend school if you are 6 to 17 years old. Corporal punishment (physical force) is not allowed in New York State schools. Schools that are part of hospitals are part of the New York State school system.

You have the right to appropriate education and vocational training. That means it has to be the right kind of school for you. A lot of times kids are tested to see what kind of school is right for them.

You probably can’t go to school off the hospital grounds, but you may be able to get a special tutor or different books and materials.

You need to get your parent, former foster parent, social worker, or lawyer to help you with this. Talk to your teacher about it, too.