Kids overcoming illness still go to school at Mount Pleasant hospital

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Today is the first day of school even for some kids who are stuck in the hospital in Mount Pleasant.

Patients at Blythdale Children's Hospital started classes today. The hospital is the only one in the state that has its own public school district on site.

Officials say they want to provide the children some normalcy while they are going through unusual circumstances.  “We offer services to a specialized population, which is the hospital. So anyone who is enduring any physical, occupational, speech or medical treatment, while they are getting their intensive services, they can attend school,” says Mt. Pleasant-Blythdale School Superintendent Dr. Emily Hersh.

The school at Blythdale is attached to the hospital and educates more than 140 students.

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