Home Instruction

General Education: Providing Instruction at Home

It may be necessary for students to receive instruction at home or during a hospital stay because of an acute medical or psychological condition or an acute phase of a chronic condition that prohibits them from attending school within the district. If the student is in a hospital, the district may choose to send an instructor to the hospital or reimburse the school district closest to the hospital for educational services rendered. If the student is at home within the district during this period, the district may send an instructor to the home. If the student receives instruction in the home, a letter from the student's physician indicating that the student's condition prohibits him/her from attending school and the anticipated duration of the home stay is required. Home instruction is a temporary provision of education. Every effort should be made to return the student to school as soon as possible.

A plan for home instruction is developed as a result of a joint decision by the school and parents. Planning for instruction in the home would include the following:

  • Assignments that the student is expected to complete
  • Identification of texts and other materials that are needed to complete assignments
  • Identification of school contact person who will coordinate the plan
  • Statement regarding how grades/credit will be assigned
  • Frequency and duration of instruction sessions
  • Anticipated termination date for home instruction
  • Procedure for monitoring home instruction sessions See Home Instructor Responsibilities)


Special Education
: Providing Instruction at Home or Change of Placement to Home Instruction

It may be necessary for students who are on IEPs to receive instruction at home or during a hospital stay because of an acute medical or psychological condition or an acute phase of a chronic condition that prohibits them from attending school within the district. Instruction in the home — whether temporary or a change in the student's placement within special education — is an IEP Team decision. If the student is in a hospital, the district may choose to send an instructor to the hospital or provide reimbursement for educational services rendered. If the student is at home within the district during this period, the district may send an instructor to the home. If the student's educational placement is changed to home instruction, a letter from the student's physician or licensed clinical psychologist indicating that the student's condition prohibits him/her from attending the school and the anticipated duration of the home stay is required. Instruction in the home — whether temporary or a change in a student's educational placement — is a temporary provision of education. Every effort should be made to return the student to school as soon as possible.