Superintendent's Memo #198-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 22, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Revised Homebound Instructional Services Guidelines

This communication is to inform you that the Division of Special Education and Student Services, Office of Student Services, in collaboration with a committee of school division personnel, has revised and updated the Homebound Instructional Services Guidelines. The Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services and representatives from the Office of the Attorney General provided additional content expertise and technical assistance.

The Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia requires in 8 VAC 20-131-180 that:

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. For students eligible for special education or related  services, the Individualized Education Program committee must revise the IEP, as appropriate.

The revision committee provided suggestions for clarity and the delineation of responsibilities of the school division, health care provider, and parent/guardian with regard to the provision of homebound instruction. Major features of the revised guidelines include:

The revised manual may be accessed on the Health and Medical page of the Virginia Department of Education Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml, under the “Publications” heading. Technical assistance on the revised guidelines will be offered to school division personnel on the second day of the Strengthening Connections: Student Services, School Climate, and Positive Academic Outcomes conference being held December 5-6, 2011, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton, Virginia. Information regarding this conference will be sent in a separate announcement.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at 804-786-8671 or by e-mail at Tia.campbell@doe.virginia.gov.

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