State Mental Hospitals Consider Closing Schools

Officials are considering plans to close schools at North Carolina's three psychiatric hospitals and shift the responsibility of educating young patients through local school districts.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the state Department of Health and Human Services submitted the plan to legislators as part of budget cutting efforts.

The change would affect children hospitalized for long periods. Patients would remain enrolled in their local school districts, using the internet to complete class work, instead of attending onsite hospital schools.

A spokeswoman for the agency sent an e-mail advising teachers working in psychiatric hospitals to look for new positions.

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