Superintendent's Memo #234-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 24, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Survey related to House Bill 257 – Homebound Instructional Services

The 2010 General Assembly passed HB 257, which requires the Board of Education to review its Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA) as they relate to homebound instructional services. The law states the following:

That the Board of Education shall review its Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131) as they relate to homebound instructional services to address whether homebound instruction may be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon evidence submitted by any person licensed to diagnose and treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders by a health regulatory board within the Department of Health Professions.

Currently 8 VAC 20-131-180.A of the SOA provides in part:

Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist….

In order to assist the Board in its deliberations on this issue, the Department has developed a short survey to solicit information about homebound instruction offered by school divisions. Please complete the survey, which can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5YJYT2V, by October 22, 2010. You may contact the Office of Policy at 804-225-2092 or by e-mail at policydata@doe.virginia.gov if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Thank you for your assistance in providing the Board with information on homebound instructional services.

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