My child’s physician has recommended Hospital/Homebound. What are the next steps?
- Once the physician shares with the parent that Hospital/Homebound services should be considered, based upon current medical information, the parent/guardian must complete and sign the following two forms: Hospital Homebound Information and Consent.pdf
- Return both signed forms to the Hospital/Homebound office: Fax: 386-943-3413, scan and email forms to Home Education-Hospital Homebound, or US mail to Hospital/Homebound at Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange, FL 32129.
- Upon receipt of the above parent forms, the Hospital/Homebound office will communicate with the physician regarding the physician’s recommendation for Hospital/Homebound. All communication regarding the completed application must be exchanged between Volusia County Schools and the child’s physician. The Parent or Guardian may not deliver the Hospital/Homebound referral to the physician or return it to the Hospital/Homebound office.
- Once a completed referral from the physician is returned to the Hospital/Homebound office via fax or US Mail, contact will be made with the Placement Specialist at the child's zone school to schedule an eligibility meeting.
- Parents will be contacted regarding a staffing date and time to determine eligibility/ineligibility for Hospital/Homebound services and will be informed of all participants invited to this meeting.
- After reviewing all available student information, if the student is found eligible for Hospital/Homebound services, the committee will develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to address educational goals, support services and service delivery model. If a student is found ineligible for Hospital/ Homebound services, other available options will be shared with parents.
- Once the Hospital/Homebound application expires (based upon the date range provided by the physician), instructional services through Hospital/Homebound will be considered for dismissal. Hospital/Homebound will not be available to the student without a medical extension from the physician. Without a medical extension prior to the expiration of Hospital/Homebound services, the student will need to immediately return to the zone school for a class schedule to be developed. School attendance will continue to be monitored.
Process for extending Hospital/Homebound eligibility period:
- The Hospital/Homebound office will notify the parent (via US mail) in advance of the end date of services. If the student continues to demonstrate a need for Hospital/Homebound services, a medical extension form will need to be completed by the physician and returned to the Hospital/Homebound office.
- Hospital/Homebound services are designed to be temporary in nature. Occasionally, a student may require additional time on Hospital/Homebound beyond the dates specified by the physician; however, the placement on Hospital/Homebound can be reviewed at any time.
- Once Hospital/Homebound services expire, dismissal from Hospital/Homebound will be considered by an IEP committee. The student will be expected to return to school unless other arrangements are made by the parent.
- Upon receipt of a completed medical extension form from the physician, a special review may be set by the IEP committee to determine continued services with the Hospital/ Homebound program.
- As always, the goal of the Hospital/Homebound program is to provide the least restrictive services to the student possible while receiving medical treatment.