The SBCSC provides instruction to children unable to attend school because of physical disabilities or special health problems.
Instructions for Homebound or Hospitalized Students
Students with special health problems, temporary illnesses, or injuries that prevent their attendance in school shall be provided with instruction in the home, in the hospital, or at another site as determined by the school corporation. Homebound instruction shall be provided for:
- Students with disabilities and
- Students who are not eligible for special education but who are temporarily disabled due to illness or injury.
Before homebound instruction for a student unable to attend school can begin, the parent must provide the school corporation with a written statement from a physician. The statement must include the nature of illness and/or injury and the anticipated duration of hospitalization or homebound care to be a minimum of twenty (20) consecutive or aggregate instructional days.
Homebound Instruction for Students with Disabilities
SBCSC shall provide special education instruction to a student identified as eligible for special education services in an alternative setting if it is considered by the case conference committee to be the least restrictive environment in which to provide the student a free and appropriate public education. The case conference committee must include in the IEP:
- The reason(s) the student is not attending school;
- Other options tried or considered;
- Why those options are not appropriate.
The case conference committee must reconvene at least every sixty (60) instructional days to review the individualized education program. The type, intensity, and duration of special education and related services provided to student on homebound instruction shall be determined by the case conference committee.
Guidelines for Homebound Instruction due to Medical Reasons
Before considering a general education student for homebound services, the school’s Student Assistance Team (SAT) or the General Education Intervention Team (GEI) must meet to discuss other less restrictive options, such as a change in the student’s schedule, shortened day, Section 504 Plan, etc.
The student must be enrolled in an accredited school (public or nonpublic) and reside in the South Bend Community School Corporation district. The student has to have a temporary illness or injury that will require the student’s absence from school for a minimum of twenty (20) consecutive instructional days. A Medical Referral for Homebound Instruction form must be completed, signed by a medical doctor and submitted to the Special Education Department. Forms are available from the Special Education Department or from the school.
Homebound instruction can be provided in a public library, a school building, or in extreme cases where the student is medically unable to leave the home environment, can be provided in the home. In the case of a hospitalized student, services may be provided in the hospital setting as long as it is a local hospital and the hospital stay is a short stay. Specific time and place should be worked out between the homebound instructor, the student and the family.
Homebound instruction is based on the individual student’s needs and can range from five (5) to ten (10) hours per week for students in grades K-12. Homebound services follow the same school calendar, and no services are provided during school breaks.
Factors determining the number of courses offered for high school students will be based on current status of work completed, time remaining in the semester, feasibility of course requirements, and medical limitations, however; this usually results in two classes offerings. The guidance department at the high school will assist in making the determination of which courses will be offered during the time a student is on homebound instruction. All assignments and course work must be completed according to curriculum guidelines before a credit is earned.
The homebound instructor will contact the student’s school counselor as soon as possible to establish a building contact for textbooks, assignments, etc.
Students receiving special education services could also qualify to receive homebound instruction due to medical reasons. In this instance, the Teacher of Record (TOR) can assist in obtaining assignments and textbooks.
The parent must provide the school corporation with a written statement (medical release) from a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine prior to the students return to school.
HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Special Education Services: Homebound instruction is provided to students who are unable to attend school because of serious health problems and/or students exhibiting behavior that is dangerous to the student or others. Homebound instruction will be considered only after all other options have been exhausted.
The Case Conference committee must make the decision that homebound is the least restrictive environment to enable the student to benefit from special education.
The Case Conference committee must report the reason the student is not attending school.
The Case Conference committee must provide documentation and detailed notes written into the IEP.
The Case Conference committee must reconvene every sixty (60) school days to review this placement.
If Homebound services are being recommended due to behavioral issues, the Case Conference committee must complete and attach the Consideration of Homebound Instruction for Behavioral Difficulties worksheet.
If Homebound services are being recommended due to serious health issues, the parent must provide the school corporation with the Medical Referral for Homebound Instruction completed by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine.
If a student is placed on homebound after May 1st, the case conference committee must provide the homebound tutor from May 1st of each school year until the end of the current school year.
Parents must contact the homebound instructor if the student will not attend a session. Failure to attend three (3) consecutive sessions will result in the suspension of the homebound instruction until the case conference can reconvene.
Medical Homebound Services: Homebound instruction is provided to students unable to attend school because of illness, injury, or surgery. Homebound instruction will be considered only after all other options have been exhausted at the school level (e.g. shortened school day.)
The parent must provide the school corporation with the Medical Referral for Homebound Instruction completed by a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine prior to the start of the homebound instruction.
The physician’s statement must show the following (a); the student has an illness or injury that will require the student’s absence from school for a minimum of twenty (20) consecutive instructional days. If the illness occurs less that twenty (20) instructional days prior to the end of the year and the student needs instruction to meet graduation requirements, the physician’s statement must indicate the student will be unable to attend school through the end of the current school year. (b); the student has a chronic illness or other medical condition that will require the student’s absence for an aggregate of at least twenty (20) instructional days over the period of the school year.
The parent must provide the school corporation with a written statement from a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine prior to the student’s return to school.
For the Classroom Teacher:
When a student is placed on Homebound Instruction:
- You should contact the homebound instructor and provide classroom work and textbooks for the student. The instructor will pick up and return the assignments to you.
- The student should remain on the attendance sheets, and be marked "E" for Excused and coded "H" for homebound.
- Beyond 20 days, the instructor becomes responsible for correcting assigned work, giving grades and providing you with samples of the student's work, along with progress reports. You may provide assignements, tests, etc. beyond the 20 days if you wish.
- The student will remain enrolled in your school. Grades and credits will be recorded under his/her scheduleed classroom teacher each grading period. It is the responsibility of the homebound instructor to provide this information to you. It is beneficial for all to remain in regular communication.
For the Homebound Instructor:
- Make arrangements to start tutoring the student immediately and notify the Special Education Department (283-8130) if you have difficulty scheduling time or getting in touch with parents.
- Maintain communication with the classroom teacher, and return completed assignments, tests and textbooks.
- Provide work samples and progress reports to the classroom teacher.
- The Special Education Department will give you time cards to fill out. You may only report instructional time. Prior authorization must be obtained before reporting any other time.
- Send your completed time cards to the Special Education Department to the attention of Pauline Busby. Time is reported to payroll on the Friday before the following Friday's payday.
- Please read the Guidelines for Homebound Instruction (above)
- Keep track of the SBCSC school calendar.
- Notify the Special Education Department (283-8130) as soon as the student returns to school and homebound instruction is terminated. A parent must provide the school corporation with a written statement from a physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine prior to returning back to school from homebound services.