What is Homebound Instruction Support?
Loudoun County Public Schools’ homebound instruction support program is designed to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home/hospital for students who must be confined due to a medical need, either physical or psychological, that contraindicates school attendance for a limited period of time. Homebound services are for student illness/injury only; services are not to compensate for absences related to family care or illness. Homebound is not to be used to make up work missed by the student prior to eligibility or compensate for previous absences, nor is it intended to replace the regular school program. Services are provided only when Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is in session.
Who is eligible for Homebound Instruction Support?
To be eligible for homebound services, the student must be actively enrolled in a Loudoun County public school. In cases where it is medically projected that a student will miss three consecutive weeks or longer of classroom instruction because of a medical condition or procedure, a request may be submitted for consideration if it is determined that the student cannot otherwise attend with accommodations.
In order for a student to be considered for homebound services, a medical release and exchange of information between the treating physician or licensed clinical psychologist and school division personnel must be fully completed and submitted. The Homebound Services Coordinator or designee will determine eligibility for homebound instruction.
What is the Approval Process for Homebound Instruction Support Services?
Parents/guardians are to request the necessary forms for Homebound approval determination via the Assistant Principal Homebound Contact at their respective school. The Assistant Principal Homebound Contact will then submit completed forms to the Homebound Coordinator for review and approval determination.
Follow-up will be conducted by the Homebound Coordinator and/or school administration with the treating/certifying physician or licensed clinical psychologist to ensure the completeness of the information, determine the appropriateness of the request, and to clarify the need for homebound instruction versus school-based instruction with appropriate accommodations, as necessary. The treating/certifying physician or licensed clinical psychologist may also be required to submit an updated treatment plan and school transition plan. The Homebound Services Coordinator or designee will determine eligibility for homebound instruction.
What Classes Can a Student Take While Receiving Homebound Instruction Support?
Instruction is provided in core classes:
How is a student’s attendance reported while receiving Homebound Instruction Support?
Students are carried on the rolls of the school for the duration of the homebound instruction, and attendance is marked in accordance with student compliance to instructional requirements of the program. Repeated cancelations or non-compliance can result in the termination of services.