Student Services: Homebound Instruction

 

Homebound Student Services during school closures

Change:  Report homebound services between the first day of school and March 13, 2020

School divisions are not required to provide face-to-face homebound instruction during school closures. Homebound instruction is designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or health care facility. Local school divisions should ensure that students on homebound are receiving the same opportunities as the rest of the student population with careful consideration of providing equitable access and support for a variety of students. Strategies such as distance learning can be accessible to students confined to their home or health care facility. Please note that special accommodations or modifications may need to be made for students with 504 plans or IEPS.  For more information, see Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities.

Questions or comments relating to the Homebound Student Services Data Collection should be directed to Sarah Bazemore at bazemore@doe.virginia.gov.

 
 
 
 
Homebound instruction
 
Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance (8VAC20-131-180). The term “confined at home or in a health care facility” means the student is unable to participate in the normal day-to-day activities typically expected during school attendance; and, absences from home are infrequent, for periods of relatively short duration, or to receive health care treatment. Students receiving homebound instruction may not work or participate in extra-curricular activities, non-academic activities (such as field trips), or community activities unless these activities are specifically outlined in the students 504 plan, medical plan of care or the Individualized Education Program (if applicable).
 
Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist. For students eligible for special education/504 or related services, the Individualized Education Program committee or 504 committee must revise the IEP/504 plan, as appropriate, to direct off-site instruction.  For information about Homebound services click on the link below.
 
 
This handbook has been developed to provide guidance for school divisions in the provision of homebound instructional services to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility. For the purposes of homebound instructional services, “confined at home or in a health care facility” means the student is unable to participate in the normal day-to-day activities typically expected during school attendance; and absences from home are infrequent, of relatively short duration, or to receive health care treatment.
 
If you interested in finding out if your child is eligible for Homebound Instruction contact the administrator at your child's school.  The school administrator will provide you with a form and explain the process.   You can download the form at the bottom of the page.
 
Dr. Michael Brown      Principal   McHarg Elementary School                               540-731-3696
Tara Grant                   Principal   Belle Heth Elementary School                          540-731-3653
Ken Keister                 Assistant   Principal Belle Heth Elementary School           540-731-3653 
Jerry King                    Principal  John Dalton Intermediate School                       540-731-3651
Jeff Smith                    Principal   Radford High School                                         540-731-3649
Darden Freeman         Assistant   Principal Radford High School                         540-731-3649
 
If you have any questions you can also contact David Sable, Director of Pupil Services at dsable@rcps.org or call 540-267-3223.