Students who cannot attend school because of an accident or illness may be eligible for homebound instruction. A licensed physician must certify that the student is unable to attend school and may benefit from instruction given in the home.
The intent of medical homebound instruction is to keep the student connected to regular curriculum until they return to the classroom. The goal is transition back into the school environment as soon as possible. Any student participating in homebound instruction must be approved.
A parent should start by contacting the Director of Special Education, Jonathan Hayes. The school will consider the severity of the student’s illness or injury, the length of time that the student will be out of school, the impact that a long period away from school will have on the student’s academic success, and whether the student’s health needs can be met at school. The State Board of Education Regulation 43-241 requires a licensed physician certify that the student cannot attend school as a result of an accident, illness, or pregnancy, despite the aid of transportation, and that he or she may benefit from instruction given in the home.
In addition, the physician must complete the state’s medical homebound instruction form. The superintendent, or his or her designee, may or may not then approve the student’s participation in a program for medical homebound instruction.
State Board of Education Regulation 43-241 stipulates that a student is eligible for medical homebound instruction on the day following the last day of his or her school attendance or on the first day of the regular nine-month academic year in which the student would otherwise be enrolled if he or she were able to begin the school year. The student remains eligible until the day before he or she returns to school or until the last day of the regular academic year, whichever occurs first.
Medical homebound instruction is provided either by a teacher who is regularly employed in the school, district or by a teacher whom the school or district contracts to perform the service. State Board of Education Regulation 43-241 specifies that any teacher providing medical homebound instruction to students residing in South Carolina must hold a valid South Carolina teacher’s certificate. In most instances, the teacher providing medical homebound instruction will not be the student’s current classroom teacher.
The student must realize that medical homebound instruction is an extension of regular school and all classroom rules and regulations, as well as school policies, apply.
In addition, the student should:
Failure to fulfill these responsibilities could result in the early termination of a student’s homebound period and/or loss of credit.
The parents should: