Homebound

What's Required

This instructional arrangement/setting is for providing special education and related services to students who are served at home or hospital bedside. (A) Students served on a homebound or hospital bedside basis are expected to be confined for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. Homebound or hospital bedside instruction may, as provided by local district policy, also be provided to chronically ill students who are expected to be confined for any period of time totaling at least four weeks throughout the school year as documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. The student's ARD committee shall determine the amount of services to be provided to the student in this instructional arrangement/setting in accordance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, including the provisions specified in subsection (b) of this section. (B) Home instruction may also be used for services to infants and toddlers (birth through age 2) and young children (ages 3-5) when determined appropriate by the child's individualized family services plan (IFSP) committee or ARD committee. This arrangement/setting also applies to school districts described in Texas Education 
Code, §29.0

What We Do

Homebound instruction takes place in the student’s home when medical evidence has been submitted by a licensed physician, a licensed clinical psychologist, or a licensed nurse practitioner that the student will be unable to attend school for a duration that exceeds four weeks. A diagnosis with an explanation of how symptoms affect school attendance is required. A specific treatment plan and a plan for returning the student to school is determined prior to start of services. In no case will full-time homebound instruction be provided when a student can participate in a less restrictive school setting.

Purpose Of Homebound

The purpose of Homebound Services is to provide students with academic instruction at home or hospital bedside during a temporary period of absence, and re-engage students successfully at their home campus when they are released by their physician to return.  Homebound Services are designed to enable students with a medical condition to continue their coursework while they are temporarily unable to attend school.  The ARD Committee (for students receiving special educational services) or the General Education Homebound Committee members (for general education students) consider homebound services for students who are currently enrolled in school and will be confined to a home or hospital setting for (4) or more weeks. Homebound instruction is not intended to replicate what a student receives in their classroom setting.  However, the same content that was provided in the classroom setting and current accommodations and supports will remain in effect and will be provided to the student through their homebound instructional services.

Qualifying Descriptor

A student must be enrolled in an SISD school in order to be considered for homebound instructional services. 

Eligibility for homebound instruction is determined on the basis of medical evidence submitted by a licensed physician, a licensed clinical psychologist, or a licensed nurse practitioner. A diagnosis with an explanation of how symptoms affect school attendance is required. A specific treatment plan and a plan for returning the student to school is requested; however, this information is required if the student is expected to miss more than nine weeks of school. In no case will full homebound instruction be provided when a student can participate in a less restrictive school setting.

Physical condition: Students with physical conditions causing them to be unable to attend school may include those with serious or terminal illnesses, those undergoing treatments that compromise their immune systems, those undergoing surgery, or in postpartum recovery (up to six weeks). The student must be free of infectious or communicable disease.

Mental health condition: In order to consider homebound instruction for students with psychiatric disorders, a mental health professional must be treating the student, and a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist must provide the medical documentation. It should be noted that in some instances when a student is experiencing psychiatric difficulties, homebound instruction may exacerbate the student’s problems and would, therefore, not be approved. Other school-based alternatives may be appropriate.

EXPECTATIONS OF SISD HOMEBOUND

 

Due to the nature of the student's documented medical condition and their inability to physically attend school; 

  • The student will be excluded from all non–academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with peers until the physician releases the student to return to school.
  • The student can be terminated if they are able to be active and involved in social, church, and family activities outside the home, but remain unable to attend school.
  • The student will remain enrolled on their home campus and the homebound instructor will act as a liaison between the campus and the home.
  • The student will complete 90% of class assignments independently as they will receive limited hours of face to face instruction from their homebound instructor. However, all students will have access to their campus teachers by phone or email for any questions or concerns.
  • The student along with the parent(s) are encouraged to remain in communication with the student’s teachers at school to ensure clear understanding of the TEKS for a successfully transition back into the classroom. 
  • Parents must remain involved and active in their child’s education while on homebound
  • Parents are asked to be responsible for making sure assignments are completed and the student is engaged in his or her school work as much as physically possible.

 * Please remember all requests for Homebound Services are initiated at the students’ campus by their diagnostician or school counselor.