Homebound Services

 


Ashley Arbaugh, Homebound Instructor

earbaugh@k12.wv.us

2412 Home/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 three (3) 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:

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

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

Applications must be approve by the Superintendent or designee.

Students placed on extended home instruction shall submit a physician’s or other licensed health care provider's written statement of need for continued home/hospital instruction when the term of home/hospital instruction reaches six (6) months in length and every six (6) 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:

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

         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 student’s ability to attend/participate as specified by the licensed health care provider 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 student’s placement to Out-Of-School Environment (OSE) as defined by Policy 2419, Section 5.1.5.g.E. The change of placement to Out-of-School Environment must be addressed by the student’s 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:

         the instructor’s presence in the place of a student’s confinement presents a hazard to his/her health;

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

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

WV Board of Education Policy 2510 (126-42-9.3.4) and Policy 2419 18-8-1, Code of West Virginia.