Policy 3132

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The board recognizes that medical circumstances may arise that make it impossible for students to receive the opportunities of the educational program in the regular school environment. To this end, the board will provide the opportunity to receive instruction at home or in a hospital to any student who:

  • is expected to be confined for four weeks or longer to a hospital or home for treatment of a severe, prolonged or chronic illness or for a period of convalescence; or
  • has a medical condition such that it is impossible or medically inadvisable for him/her to attend public school, even with the provision of special classes and transportation.

The primary objective of the homebound/hospital program is to provide tutorial and/or instructional services so that the student can return to the school with the knowledge and skills sufficient to maintain his/her previous level of academic performance.

As soon as a parent anticipates a student’s extended absence because of a severe, prolonged or chronic illness under a physician’s care, the parent should notify the principal immediately. The determination of whether it is medically necessary to provide homebound hospital instruction will be made by the director of exceptional children and student services after consulting with the student, the parents/guardians, the principal and the physician. A medical statement signed by the physician must be completed before the student may become eligible to receive homebound instruction. Any application not approved may be reviewed by the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Further appeals may be made to the superintendent and board of education.

The superintendent, school principals, and teachers will ensure that instruction provided at home or at an off-campus site is consistent with the goals and objectives of the educational program. Teachers are expected to provide appropriate assignments while a student is receiving homebound or hospital instruction. If a student makes a good faith effort to complete work provided under homebound/hospital bound instruction, days missed will not be counted against the student for purposes of the school attendance policy.

Legal References: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq., 34 C.F.R. Part 300; The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 706(8), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; The Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12134, 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; G.S. 115C, art. 9, 115C-391, -36, -47; Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs, State Board Policy Number HSP-D-000

Cross References: Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Special Education Programs/Rights of Disabled Students (policy 3520), Attendance (policy 4400)

Adopted: August 22, 1995

Revised: November 26, 2007

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