Hospital/Homebound Procedures and Forms
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:
- A licensed physician must certify that the student:
- 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
- Is confined to home or hospital
- Will be able to participate in and benefit from an instruction program
- Is under medical care for illness or injury that is acute or chronic in nature
- Can receive instructional services without endangering the health and safety of the instructor or other students with whom the instructor may come in contact
- 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.
- 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.