Home and Hospital Teaching



Home and hospital teaching is designed to provide short-term instruction to public school students, at home or in hospitals, who are unable to attend a regular school program due to a physical or emotional condition. Instructional services will be available to all qualified students during convalescence or treatment time in a medical institution or therapeutic treatment center, or at the student's place of residence.

Instruction is provided by college graduates who are assigned by the Director of Student Services.

If a student needs to be out of school more than three weeks, the student is eligible to receive home teaching. Parents should request an application for Home/Hospital Instruction from the student's home school at once so that they have the application form when they discuss health and educational plans with the physician the medical condition and the need for services must be verified by a licensed physician. Applications must be signed by parents and returned to the student's home school.

Upon approval by Student Services, instruction begins within 10 days of the receipt of the application. If the student has a disability and is receiving special education and related services, the IEP committee revises the IEP to reflect appropriate goals and objectives to be addressed while the student is receiving home or hospital teaching services. All procedural safeguards and requirements apply to this IEP revision as any other IEP.

The length of instruction for students in a full-day program is six hours per week. The length of instruction for an identified student with a disability is determined through the IEP process.

Parents are asked to see that the student completes all required assignments just as would be required in the regular school setting. Because of the limited number of hours of actual instruction, students complete a great deal of independent work.

An adult must be at home during the time that the home teacher is present and providing instruction. At the end of each home teaching session, the parent is asked to sign the home teacher's log verifying his/her visit.

When the student is ready to return to school, the parent should notify the home teacher and the Department of Student Services of the return and send a release statement form the physician to the school. Students must report to the Guidance Office upon their return to school.