Guidelines for Homebound Services

Hospital/Homebound instruction is a service of the Salt Lake City Board of Education in accordance with requirements of the State Office of Education that provides for the continuance of academic progress to those students who are defined as homebound and/or hospitalized.

The Salt Lake City School District provides instruction for convalescing students in grades 1-12 to alleviate concern over academic work/credit, to maintain the skills necessary for returning to the classroom, and to assure ongoing school/home contact during the term of illness or injury.

The Administration of the Hospital/Homebound program includes the following guidelines:

  1. Qualification for Services
    1. The student lives within the boundaries of the Salt Lake City School District and is currently enrolled in a Salt Lake City School.
    2. The student is confined in a home or hospital setting due to physical illness, psychological or emotional illness, injury, disability or other short-term medical necessity.
    3. The student has missed or expects to miss ten (10) or more consecutive days of school.
    4. The student is consistently unable to attend school on a regular daily basis or is unable to attend at least four (4) school periods per day because of a verified chronic illness or serious medical condition.
    5. Hospital/Homebound Services are generally considered to be short-term and must be requested by a parent or guardian.
    6. A written request for services is required from the attending physician. The request must include the exam date, diagnosis, medication(s) that may limit or affect learning, expected duration of confinement, and any other pertinent information. The Hospital/Homebound Coordinator will contact the physician for further verification and information as needed. Parents must make a request to the attending physician that appropriate information pertaining to the student’s medical condition be shared with the Coordinator so that determination of eligibility for services can be made.
    7. If the length of confinement is more than six (6) weeks, a physician’s update will be required in order to continue homebound services. While the input from social workers and other medical professionals may be helpful in determining eligibility for services, their request for service must be accompanied by the medical doctor’s formal request for services and diagnosis.
    8. Students who are pregnant do not qualify for Homebound services. The only exception would be for students who experience documented serious medical complications. If a student has received Hospital/Homebound services for serious medical complications, after delivery, the student is expected to return to school within three (3) weeks and will be released from Hospital/Homebound instruction.
    9. The student is not eligible for Hospital/Homebound instruction if the identified illness pertains to another family member.
    10. The student is ineligible for Hospital/Homebound services if he/she is employed and is attending work.
    11. NO HOMEBOUND SERVICES WILL BE STARTED DURING THE FINAL MONTH OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
  2. Providing for Services
    1. The request for Hospital/Homebound services is made to the District Coordinator by parent or the local school.
    2. Parents must make their request to the physician who will provide written verification of the illness, the need for services and a diagnosis. The physician should submit this information to the District Coordinator as quickly as possible.
    3. Assessment of the need and eligibility for services will be determined by the Coordinator who will then notify the parents, local school and the Department of Student Services of the decision.
    4. Students who are placed on Hospital/Homebound will remain enrolled within the local school and are not counted as “absent.” The Department of Student Services will enter and keep a record of enrollment/exit dates for accountability purposes.
    5. The Coordinator will assign a homebound teacher to the student. The teacher will coordinate the instructional schedule with the parent/guardian. Instruction will be provided after regular school hours for a period of two (2) hours per week.
    6. Resource students are served by the Student Services Department. (Homebound Services Program - Karilyn Hill - 801-578-8206. Self-Contained students are served by the Exceptional Children's Services. (Bridges Program - Jennifer Graves - 801-484-4343 x293.
    7. Cirriculum will be based on the current core standards for students in grades 1-6. Students in grades 7-12 will be instructed in a total of four (4) core academic subjects.
    8. Homebound/Hospital services may be discontinued for the following reasons:
      1. lack of family cooperation with an instruction schedule.
      2. lack of medical verification as to current confinement need.
      3. determination that continued Homebound/Hospital services is not in the best interest of the student.
      4. increased or prolonged school phobia.
  3. Grades and Credit for School Attendance
    1. If the elementary teacher chooses not to be the assigned Hospital/Homebound instructor, the classroom teacher will prepare assignments and materials for the student(s) in his/her class. Substitute assignments may be provided if the regular class activities cannot be completed outside the classroom. Grades earned during confinement will be averaged into the student’s grades earned after returning to school to compute the student’s final grade.
    2. Secondary teachers will prepare assignments and materials for students in their classes who are receiving Hospital/Homebound instruction. Substitute assignments may be provided if the regular class activities cannot be completed outside the classroom. If the subject cannot be appropriately taught through Hospital/Homebound instruction, the teacher should give the student an “incomplete” for the course and provide an opportunity for the student to make-up the missed credit through an alternative class or program.
    3. Grades earned during confinement will be averaged into the secondary student’s grades earned prior to leaving or after returning to school to compute the student’s final grade. Because of limited instructional time, the Hospital/Homebound Program will help a student maintain credit in some classes. However, because of time constraints, limits on curriculum content that can be covered (especially in AP and other advanced courses), and the duration and severity of the illness, students may not be able to earn sufficient credits to stay on track for graduation and the overall grade point average may change.
    4. Secondary Hospital/Homebound students will not receive more credit than could be earned at school during the concurrent grading period.
    5. Hospital/Homebound instructors are not expected to tutor students for “make-up” work for previous absences before the student was enrolled in the Hospital/Homebound Program.
  4. Selection and Responsibility of Instructors
    1. A Hospital/Homebound instructor must be a certified teacher currently employed by the Salt Lake City School District. There are no exceptions to this rule.
    2. Once the Hospital/Homebound instructor has been assigned, he/she will contact the parent/guardian as soon as possible to arrange for the homebound visits.
    3. The Hospital/Homebound instructor will coordinate teaching materials and assignments with the regular classroom teacher(s).
    4. If problems arise in the teaching process, the Hospital/Homebound coordinator should be contacted for immediate consultation.

Department of Student Services
Mindi Holmdahl, Director
Salt Lake City School District
440 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
801.578.8206

Hospital/Homebound District Coordinator
Machele Page
Phone - 801.578.8206
Fax - 801.578.2084

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