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Services for Students Requiring Homebound Instruction

The SBCSC provides instruction to children unable to attend school because of physical disabilities or special health problems. It is important to note that although it is called homebound services, rarely are the services actually provided in the home.  Services are generally provided at a school, public library or another community site.   

Medical Homebound

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 who:

  • 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.
  • 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.

General Education

If the student is not identified as a student with an IEP, the school social worker, counselor or school nurse is responsible for contacting Special Education Services (283-8130).

    • The social worker/guidance counselor should try to determine if a staff member at the school is interested in providing the homebound services
Special Education

If the request for Homebound Services is being made for a student with an IEP, a case conference should be convened, which includes all appropriate members.  A Special Education Support Team member must be in attendance at the case conference.

Non Medical Homebound

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.

  • 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.

For the Classroom Teacher:

When a student is placed on Homebound Instruction:

For the Homebound Instructor:

If homebound instruction has been recommended as a result of a case conference decision:

Make sure that your administrator attended the conference and/or is in full agreement with the decision

Homebound Instruction

  1. Who will deliver homebound instruction?
    • If you know of someone who is willing, that would be best
    • The student's GE teacher or TOR would be the optimal choice, if they are willing
    • Call the Office of Special Education Services (283-8130) for some suggestions
    • If student is in 7th grade or above, homebound instructor should be highly qualified so that the student can earn credits.
    • Special Ed Services will assign the homebound instructor
  2. Where will homebound instruction take place?
    • Homebound instruction is rarely provided in the student's home.
    • Best practice would be to keep the student connected to his/her school by conducting the homebound instruction at the school buliding. This could be done in a classroom, or the school library after school hours.
    • If instruction cannot be done at the school, some other options might be:
      • the local public library
      • community center (such as Charles Black Center, Robinson Center)
        • Community centers should be contacted to ask for permission before scheduling instruction there.
      • another SBCSC school building
    • 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.
  3. When will the instruction take place?
    • This will be mutually agreed upon between the parents and the instructor
    • Most homebound instruction takes place outside of school hours due to teacher schedules
    • 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.
  4. What will the instructor teach?
    • Instruction shouild focus on Language Arts and Math due to the limited time frame.
    • 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.


Teacher of Record
  • Student will remain on current TOR's caseload
  • Provide the Homebound instructor with a copy of the most current IEP
  • Assure that all textbooks, assignments and instructional materials are provided
  • Enter all Progress monitoring in the IIEP
Classroom Teacher
Homebound Instructor
    • consult regularly with the TOR who will provide textbooks, assignments and instructional materials.
      • For high school students, the guidance counselor may also communicate with the student's teachers.
    • Homebound instructor will return completed assignments/ tests to the Teacher of Record.
    • The student's regular teachers will still be responsible for recording grades and attendance.
    • TOR will be responsible for progress monitoring in the IIEP.
    • Homebound instructor will keep attendance and report it to the TOR or guidance counsellor who will record it. Student will not be marked absent on days when homebound instruction is not scheduled.
    • Homebound instructor will fill out time sheets and turn them in to Special Education Office for reimbursement
  • If the student is a no show with no prior notice, the homebound instructor will be paid for on hour on that day. The student will be marked absent.
  • If student repeatedly does not show:
    • Parent should be called by the instructor or the TOR
    • Transportation may stop coming and need to be re-instated
    • Case conference may need to be reconvened.
  • The homebound instructor will contact the student’s school counselor as soon as possible to establish a building contact for textbooks, assignments, etc.

After the IEP