Homebound instruction is designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom or health care facility for students whose medical needs, both physical and psychiatric, do not allow school attendance for a limited period of time. Homebound instruction may also be used to supplement the classroom program for students with health impairments whose conditions may interfere with regular school attendance.
There are several requirements that must be met for us to assist in continuing the education of your child and to ensure that your child remains successful during his/her illness.
A responsible adult must be present in the home during all homebound visits. If an adult is unable to be present, the parent/guardian may reschedule the homebound appointment for later in that same week. If the parent/guardian will be unavailable for the homebound visits, the homebound appointments may be scheduled at the public library. Parent/guardian must provide transportation for the student.
The homebound teacher meets with the student a minimum of one hour (2) school days per week for individualized instruction. Absences will be considered unexcused unless prearranged and rescheduled with the homebound teacher during the same week. Only in emergencies or illness should an appointment be missed. A doctor’s statement may be required to excuse a student from a homebound session. All state compulsory attendance laws apply to the homebound program. One missed homebound appointment is equal to 2.5 school days.
Since homebound instruction is limited to two hours per week, the student is expected to spend considerable time working independently on assigned reading and work. Being on homebound does not lessen the work load, and it is very easy to fall behind in a class. Therefore, it is advised that each student plan to work a minimum of 5 hours per day on school work. The student may find it necessary to put more effort into his/her studies while on homebound due to the fact that he/she will not be receiving full-time instruction, and many concepts will be learned independently. The roll of the homebound teacher is to act as a liaison between home and school and assist with problem areas.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check with the student regarding completion of required daily assignments in order to be prepared for instruction at the next designated time.
Due to the nature of the work, some classes may have to be dropped. Also, if a student is unable to grasp the concepts presented in a particular subject with the limited instruction available on the homebound program, it may be necessary to arrange for a private tutor or to drop the class until the student is able to return to school for full-time instruction. The student may not receive all credit(s) being attempted.
Parents/guardians should provide a suitable work-study area where student and teacher can work with no interruptions. The area should be at a table with a neat, clean surface. TV’s, radios, and other distractions should be turned off and other children, visitors, and pets should be kept out of the room so the teacher has the student’s full attention.
Students should be awake, dressed, and prepared with the books and materials needed when the homebound teacher arrives for the appointment.
A student with a communicable disease, as verified by a health professional, shall be eligible for the Home/Hospital Program. However, should the student’s condition pose a serious health threat to the teacher, the student may receive alternate instruction such as correspondence, computer assisted instruction, or video during the period of contagion.
Students are, under no circumstances, permitted to work while participating in the Home/Hospital Program. Also, students are not permitted to participate in co-curricular/extra-curricular activities while receiving home/hospital services. (i.e. Career and Technical School classes, proms, homecomings, sports activities.
The Parent/Guardian will be responsible for contacting the school to obtain any missed work due to absences prior to placement in the Home/Hospital Program. The Homebound Instructor will not be responsible for any assignments prior to the approved start date in the program.
If the student is enrolled in the Home/Hospital Program during the CATS testing window, he/she will be required to return to his/her home school for testing. The parent/guardian will be responsible for the transportation to and from school.
Students with any psychological/psychiatric diagnosis (anxiety, depression, bi-polar, school phobia, etc.) shall be required to do his/her homebound after regular school hours in the student’s school of regular attendance. The parent/adult must transport and remain with the student during instruction.
Secondary students requiring homebound for extended periods of time (more than three months) shall be assigned to the Novel Star program which requires a computer and internet access.
Student who are truant and have been served a final notice may be denied homebound instruction.
Homebound students who miss four scheduled instructional sessions (counts as 10 days unexcused) will be dropped from the homebound program and reported as a truant to the DPP and court system.