Question and Answer Guide on the Implementation of Educational Services in the Home or Hospital

  • the date the student was admitted to a hospital or was confined to home;
  • the medical reason(s) for the confinement;
  • the expected duration of the confinement; and
  • what medical needs of the student should be considered in planning the home or hospital education services.

Upon receipt of a physician’s written order verifying that any student enrolled in a public school or placed by the public school in a private setting must remain at home or in a hospital on a day or overnight basis, or any combination of both, for medical reasons and for a period of not less than fourteen school days in any school year, the principal shall arrange for provision of educational services in the home or hospital. Such services shall be provided with sufficient frequency to allow the student to continue his or her educational program, as long as such services do not interfere with the medical needs of the student. The principal shall coordinate such services with the Administrator for Special Education for eligible students. Such educational services shall not be considered special education unless the student has been determined eligible for such services, and the services include services on the student’s IEP.

Content retrieved from: http://www.doe.mass.edu/prs/ta/hhep-qa.html.

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