Homebound or hospitalized instruction is defined as teaching that:
- is offered to the student who has an acute or chronic medical condition that prevents him or her from attending classes at school.
- is conducted by an individual who holds a South Carolina Teacher's certificate.
Specifically, medical homebound instruction is provided for both non-disabled and disabled students who cannot attend school for a medical or physical condition that exists due to an accident, and illness, or pregnancy. A licensed physician must certify that such a medical condition exists and must complete the medical homebound application that the local school district provides. The intent of medical homebound instruction is to keep the student connected to his or her regular curriculum until the time when his or her return to the classroom setting is possible. The ultimate goal is transition back into the school environment as soon as possible. Any student participating in a program of medical homebound instruction must be approved by the district superintendent or his or her designee on standardized forms provided by the State Department of Education. All approved forms must be maintained by the district for documentation.
Homebound placements are made based on medical recommendations and homebound placements are available for all students, including those with identified disabilities. Homebound is not a special education placement, but students with an IEP can be placed on homebound with the appropriate paperwork. Students with IEPs who are granted "homebound" will continue to receive special education services along with homebound services.
Rock Hill Schools
District Homebound Coordinator