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R 6275 Instruction for Homebound Students

The District will consider placing nondisabled students on homebound on a case-by-case basis and pursuant to the following procedures:

  1. The parent or guardian of a student under 18 or the legal guardian of a student 18 or older must provide a written request for homebound to the building principal where the student attends. An emancipated student or a student 18 years or older must provide the written request to the building principal. The written request must include the reason or reasons for the request.

  2. If the request is based on medical, psychiatric or psychological reasons, the parent, guardian or emancipated student must provide a properly signed release that complies with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that authorizes the physician or psychologist who is currently treating the student to provide all relevant records to the District and to discuss the student's situation and the need for homebound services with the building administrator and other relevant school personnel. This release must be provided to the building administrator prior to any decision regarding the need for homebound services.

  3. The parent, guardian or eligible student must also provide the District with a properly signed release that complies with the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) that authorizes the District to discuss relevant information from the student's education records with the currently treating physician or psychologist.

  4. The District may ask the parent, guardian or eligible student to sign other educational or medical releases as necessary based on the reasons for the homebound request.

  5. Upon receipt of the written request and the relevant medical, psychiatric, psychological and other relevant information, the building principal, in consultation with the student's teachers, therapists, school counselors, and/or other relevant school personnel, will review all information submitted by the parent, guardian or eligible student as well as any relevant education records. If, after conducting this review, the team determines that a referral for evaluation under the IDEA or Section 504 should be made, IDEA and 504 procedures will be instituted and the procedures in this policy will conclude unless a determination is made that the student is not eligible as a student with a disability under IDEA or Section 504. If a decision of noneligibility under IDEA and/or Section 504 is made, the team described in this paragraph may reconsider the request for homebound under this procedure.

  6. If the team determines that an evaluation under IDEA and/or 504 is not warranted, the building level team will make a decision about the need for homebound services after review of all relevant information submitted. The parents, guardian or eligible student are not required participants in this process, but the building principal has the discretion, on a case-by-case basis, to decide if their participation would be helpful.

  7. If the building level team determines homebound services are not needed, the building principal will notify the requesting party within 20 school days of the decision. The building level principal's decision is final and may not be appealed.

  8. If the team determines that the student needs homebound services, the building principal or his/her designee will develop a plan for such services.

  9. The homebound plan should include: (1) the reason for homebound; (2) the anticipated length of homebound; (3) the classes or areas of curriculum to be addressed in homebound; (4) whether a homebound teacher is necessary;; or whether the provision of assignments is sufficient; and (5) the location of homebound services if a homebound teacher is deemed necessary. If a homebound teacher is necessary, the plan should also state the number of minutes or hours per week that homebound instruction will be provided. The homebound plan will also list the members of the building level team. Finally, the homebound plan must indicate if and when the homebound instructor shall report the students' grades and attendance to the school of record.

  10. If the building level team concludes that a homebound instructor is necessary in the home, a parent or other adult care giver (over age 21) must be present during the homebound tutoring. The homebound instructor will not be required to administer medications or perform any other health related or medical procedures.

  11. Each homebound request will be considered on a case-by-case basis with a written decision from the building principal or his/her designee to be provided to the parents, guardian or eligible student within a reasonable time, not to exceed 20 school days.

  12. Requests for homebound for students covered by the IDEA and Section 504 are not covered by this procedure. Such requests for these students must be presented to the student's IEP or 504 team.

  13. Homebound services under this procedure will be available only during the regular school calendar and not during summer or holiday breaks.

  14. The District will not provide homebound services, through this procedure, to nonpublic students. Nonpublic students are those students who are enrolled in private and/or parochial schools during the regular school year or those students who are being home schooled.

  15. If a student who is designated to receive homebound pursuant to this procedure fails to attend, participate or otherwise cooperate with the services described in the homebound plan, the building principal may, upon review of the situation, cease homebound services. If the decision to cease homebound services is made, written notice will be provided to the parent, guardian or emancipated student within 20 school days of the date the decision is made, and Missouri's compulsory attendance laws will then apply.

  16. The building principal's decision regarding any cessation of homebound pursuant to Paragraph 15 above is final and may not be appealed.

  17. The homebound instructor and/or District shall provide all books, supplies, and lesson objectives necessary for a student's homebound instruction or necessary to complete the student's assignments.

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Last Updated: November 2010