Visiting an injured student?

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    A student of mine was injured in a car accident and she was air-lifted to a hospital in my hometown. Is it ok for me to visit her in the hospital or should I stay away? Has anyone ever visited a student in the hospital?
     
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    With COVID and all, are they even allowing visitors? I'd check the hospital's policy on that first- that may take care of the question.
    Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't feel weird about it since it's a public space with all kinds of other adults around and doors are usually open. I might mention intent to visit to an admin first, maybe, if you have the kind who tend to overreact. If nothing else, you can always send a card/care package.
     
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    Best idea for the time being. If the hospital stay is long, you might want to check out going for a visit a little later. A card/care package would be appreciated and could give her something to read/reread as the days march on.
     
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    Maybe when they are feeling better, zoom or facetime them. If visitors are allowed, it is probably just a very immediate family member like a parent or guardian.
     
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    I would check with the parents and see how they feel.
     
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    Well, I checked with admin and P said it was fine. I texted the student’s mother and she said ok. Then she texted back saying there are restrictions for visitors. So I told her to tell her daughter that I’d send thoughts and prayers....
     
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    @Pi-R-Squared off topic question, but did you earn tenure yet?
     
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    Yep!
     
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    Oct 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    Send a card. I wouldn't step foot in a hospital if I could help it.
     
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    Oct 18, 2020 at 5:14 AM

    I have, several times, but it was before Covid. I talked to the parents ahead of time, brought cards from the kids, and picked up a small stuffed animal for them. Due to Covid, I think if allowed, I'd drop off cards or find a time the parent thought would be a good time to FT a short Get Well Soon from the class. It might be really hard during this time though.
     
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    Oct 20, 2020 at 9:39 AM

    First, I think it is an awesome gesture to check on an injured student. Second, it is sad that a teacher has to ask a question like this. It seems like something like this should be assumed, but in today's world, I can see where some people may be weirded out by a visit.
     
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    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    She came back to school today. On pain meds and still very sore.... Saw a picture of her car. Had she not worn a seatbelt, she would have gone through the windshield straight into the tree.
     
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    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    I think in normal circumstances nobody would be weirded out but now it's really not a great idea to go visit people in the hospital if it can be avoided.
     

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