FILE: IDDC

 

HOMEBOUND/TEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (TES)

Students who are unable to attend school because of physical disability may be assigned a teacher who will instruct them at home or in a hospital. In order for a student to be considered for Homebound/TES instruction, the student, as a result of illness, accident, emotional crisis or the treatment thereof, is unable to be moved from the hospital or home environment for the provision of regular educational services for at least fifteen (15) operational days. Such incapacitation shall require verification on the application by a physician. The Homebound/TES instruction program is a continuation of the regular school instructional program, designed to help the child return to school without falling too far behind in assigned work. Aspects of Homebound/TES instruction shall be conducted in accordance with the Board's Homebound/Temporary Educational Services (TES) Guidelines. The student shall be under the same state and local regulations as any other student. A responsible adult must be present where instruction is provided.

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

A regular education student is eligible to be a Homebound/TES student if the following criteria are met:

1. There is certification by a physician that the student is expected to be at home or hospitalized for at least 15 operational days and will be able to participate in and benefit from an instructional program.

2. The student is under constant medical care for an illness or injury which is acute or catastrophic in nature, or chronic physical condition which has acute phases and which requires Homebound/TES instruction during the acute phases. If the student is pregnant, a medical evaluation must verify that there are complications in the pregnancy or recovery which could be detrimental to the health of the student.

3. The student is free of infectious or communicable disease. If the student is not free of such diseases, other appropriate instructional arrangements must be made such as instruction by school to home telephone.

4. The parent or guardian signs a parental agreement concerning Homebound/TES policies and parental cooperation.

CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION

A review of the student's educational program conducted by the student's regular education teacher(s) should be provided to the Homebound/TES teacher to permit continuity in instruction. Periodic conferences between the student's regular teacher and Homebound/TES instructor should be conducted as well.

EVALUATION

The minimal evaluation to determine a student's eligibility shall be:

A. A medical assessment by a physician qualified by training or experience to assess the health problems, including a description of the condition, with any medical implication for instruction. This report shall state that the student is unable to attend school, whether or not he/she is free of communicable disease, and give an estimated duration of the condition.

B. Periodic physical re-examination and a medical report by a physician as requested by the Special Education Supervisor.

Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 17:1946; Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Regulations for Implementation of the Exceptional Children's Act, Bulletin 1706, Louisiana Department of Education.