Keeping the Education Going
Homebound instruction may be necessary for WCS students who are unable to attend school for two consecutive weeks or longer due to medical conditions. There must be thorough medical justification as it is the most restrictive placement, and should only be used for students who are unable to attend school due to medical or emotional needs and treatment.
The Application Process
In order to determine if a student is eligible for homebound services, the parent needs to complete an application process.
Parents must ensure that both the completed application form for homebound signed by a physician and a release of information form signed by the parent are submitted to the Student Support Services office. Contact information for faxing or mailing these documents is provided on the forms. The application forms include the current medical diagnosis and treatment plan, supported by documentation from the office visits and/or hospitalization admission and discharge summary. The Homebound Review Committee will review all documents submitted.
Parents will be notified when a determination has been made. If the student is eligible, parents will be informed of the date services will begin and end. Parents will then be contacted by a homebound teacher to set up the first visit. On approval of homebound services, be aware that students will be prohibited from participating in after-school activities or working an after-school job unless an Exemption Form is completed and approved by the Homebound Review Committee.
Once homebound services begin, the homebound teacher is responsible for collecting assignments, providing these to the student and supporting with needed instruction, and returning the completed work to the classroom teacher. Any outstanding or unfinished work remaining after homebound services are terminated becomes the student’s responsibility.
Homebound services are provided in the home with a responsible adult present at all times. Students are expected to adhere to the same School Board Policies as if they were attending school. Services for most students are typically three hours per week and are completed in two visits per week.
It is important to remember that students may, in some cases, return to school still behind in their class work since often students are seriously ill and cannot maintain the pace of the classroom. Communication between home and school is critical as the student returns to insure a smooth transition back to the school setting.