Marion County Schools
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2412 - HOMEBOUND/HOSPITAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The Board of Education shall provide home/hospital instruction to students who are temporarily unable to attend classes for a period that has lasted or will last for more than two (2) consecutive weeks or more due to an injury or for any other reason as certified in writing by a licensed physician or other licensed health care provider.

Written documentation of the medical condition shall be provided by a licensed physician or other licensed health care provider which written documentation shall include the:

 

A.

specific reasons the student must remain at home or in the hospital; and

 
 

B.

criteria or conditions under which the student can return to school and the expected date of return.

Applications must be approved by the Director of Special Education.

Students placed on extended home instruction shall submit a physicianís or other licensed health care provider's written statement of need for continued home/hospital instruction when the term of home/hospital instruction reaches three (3) months in length and every three (3) months thereafter. The Board may require that the parent/guardian obtain an opinion from a second health care provider at the expense of the Board.

Home/Hospital services must be designed to provide the student adequate opportunity to continue learning toward mastery of grade level content standards and objectives. The schedule for home/hospital services must include adequate instructional time and be provided at a location when a responsible adult in addition to the teacher is present.

Home/hospital teachers are responsible for facilitating instruction on the core courses' content standards and objectives as guided by the student's classroom teacher(s), consequently, the home/hospital teacher must be in regular contact with the classroom teacher(s) to:

 

A.

secure and understand units/lessons, instructional plans and instructional materials, and

 
 

B.

establish procedures for the collection and return of student work to the classroom teacher(s) for assessment.

The weekly instruction schedule is based upon the studentís ability to attend/participate as specified by the physician requesting home/hospital instruction.

Home/Hospital instruction, provided for an exceptional student who is unable to attend school temporarily because of an injury, illness, or health condition requires a change in the studentís placement to Out-Of-School Environment (OSE) as defined by policy 2419. The change of placement to Out-of-School Environment must be addressed by the studentís IEP team and implemented in accordance with the requirements of policy 2419.

Home/Hospital services may also be provided temporarily at the direction of the Superintendent for students who have not met the immunization requirements of W. Va. Code 16-3-4.

Teachers providing homebound instruction shall hold a West Virginia teaching license appropriate for the level of instruction for which the assignment is made.

Instruction will not be provided when:

 

A.

the instructorís presence in the place of a studentís confinement presents a hazard to his/her health;

 
 

B.

a parent or other adult in authority is not at home with the student during the hours of instruction;

 
 

C.

the condition of the student is such as to preclude his/her receiving any benefit from such instruction.

Implementation Procedures

 

A.

Program Definition

 
 

1.

Definition of Population to be Served

 
 

Students receiving home/hospital instruction are students who, due to injury or for any other health reason as certified by a licensed physician are homebound for a period of two (2) weeks or more. The home/hospital instruction will be provided by licensed teachers, during the time the studentís condition prohibits his/her attendance at school.

 
 

2.

Eligibility Criteria

 
 

Written documentation, that a student meets one (1) of the following criteria, must be submitted to the Director of Special Education.

 
 

a.

An injury or health problem/condition that requires the student to be homebound or hospitalized for a period that has lasted or will last two (2) or more weeks as diagnosed and confirmed by a licensed physician.

 
 

b.

An injury or health problem/condition which is related to stress, emotional, or mental illness that has lasted or will last two (2) or more weeks as diagnosed and confirmed by a licensed physician. The application must include a detailed treatment plan developed by a licensed psychiatrist or licensed mental health provider.

 
 

3.

Requirements for Eligibility

 
 

a.

A licensed physician shall provide a signed written statement to the Marion County Board of Education that the student must remain at home or in the hospital for a period of two (2) weeks or more. The written statement must include:

 
 

1)

The specific reasons why the student must remain at home or in the hospital.

 
 

2)

The date and the conditions under which the student will be able to return to school.

 
 

b.

If the need for home instruction reaches three (3) months, the physician must issue another statement documenting the continued need. This process must be reported periodically (every three (3) months) for long term health conditions.

 
 

c.

At the expense of the Marion County Board of Education, the Director of Special Education may request that the studentís parent/guardian obtain a second opinion from a licensed physician.

 
 

B.

Program Delivery

 
 

1.

Instruction

 
 

a.

Home/Hospital instruction is an extension of the school program of study. Students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are entitled to special education and related services.

 
 

b.

The home/hospital instructors are responsible for providing instruction based on the content standards and objectives identified by the studentís classroom teacher(s); therefore, collaboration between the home/hospital teacher and the classroom teacher is required.

 
 

c.

Students who are enrolled in a technical program may be unable to meet the requirements needed for a completerís certificate or the individual programís credentialing mandate.

 
 

d.

Homebound placements exceeding four (4) weeks may be limited to core curriculum only.

 
 

e.

Home/Hospital instructors will have access to county adopted textbooks, teacherís editions, materials, equipment and supplies which are necessary to assist the student with the completion of his/her programs of study.

 
 

2.

Schedule

 
 

a.

Home/Hospital instruction shall be provided through abbreviated teacher/student contract time, as authorized by a committee chaired by the Director of Special Education.

 
 

b.

The weekly program of instruction must be based upon the studentís ability to participate.

 
 

c.

The scheduled time of instruction is established by the instructor, the parent(s), and the Director of Special Education.

 
 

d.

Upon documentation of two (2) questionable homebound cancellations, the homebound instructor will notify the Attendance Director or Director of Special Education, who, after contact, may recommend termination of services.

 
 

e.

A responsible adult, in addition to the instructor, must be present at the scheduled time of instruction.

 
 

f.

The home/hospital instructor is responsible for grades unless the student is in school during part of the grading period; then, the classroom teacher computes a combined average.

 
 

1)

Grades shall be given to the classroom teacher three (3) days prior to the ending of each grading period.

 
 

2)

Grades shall be recorded and maintained by the classroom teacher.

 
 

3)

Where applicable, the attendance policy guidelines shall be enforced.

 
 

g.

The home/hospital instructor is responsible for documenting the progress of the objectives in the IEP.

NOTE:

For additional clarification of home based programs as it relates to home/hospital instruction, refer to WV State Board policies 2419, 2510, and School Laws of WV 18-20-1.

WV Board of Education policy 2510 (126-42-6.2) and policy 2419 Code of West
Virginia Code 18-8-1

Revised 5/20/13

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