Hospitalized or Homebound


Hospital/Homebound Procedures and Forms

Hospital_Homebound Referral
Hospital_Homebound ReAdmittance to School
Hospital_Homebound Handbook


Students Identified for Hospital/Homebound Services

The rules governing students in Florida who are homebound or hospitalized are included in the Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules under Rule 6A-6.03020, Florida Administrative Code (FAC.), Specially Designed Instruction for Students Who Are Homebound or Hospitalized.

According to Rule 6A-6.03020, FAC., a H/H student is a student who has a medically diagnosed physical or psychiatric condition that is acute or catastrophic in nature, or a chronic illness, or a repeated intermittent illness due to a persisting medical problem and that confines the student to home or hospital and restricts activities for an extended period of time. The medical diagnosis shall be made by a licensed physician.

For a child to be eligible for specially designed instruction under this law for the H/H program, the student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. A licensed physician must certify that the student:
    1. Is expected to be absent from school due to a physical or psychiatric condition for at least fifteen (15) consecutive school days, or the equivalent on a block schedule, or due to a chronic condition, for at least fifteen (15) school days, or the equivalent on a block schedule, which need not run consecutively
    2. Is confined to home or hospital
    3. Will be able to participate in and benefit from an instruction program
    4. Is under medical care for illness or injury that is acute or chronic in nature
    5. Can receive instructional services without endangering the health and safety of the instructor or other students with whom the instructor may come in contact
  2. The student is enrolled in a public school, in kindergarten through twelfth grade, prior to the referral for homebound or hospitalized services, unless the student meets criteria for eligibility under rules related to exceptional student education.
  3. The parent, guardian, or primary caregiver signs a parental agreement concerning homebound or hospitalized policies and parent cooperation. Rule 6A-6.03020 (6), FAC., requires the individual educational plan to be developed or revised prior to assignment to the homebound or hospitalization program placement.