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Home and Hospital Instruction

Home and Hospital Instruction

These are educational services provided to students who are unable to attend school due to a medical or physical condition, or a severe emotional or psychological disability. Home and hospital instruction programs are designed to support students in keeping up with their studies while they are unable to attend school, and are intended to be temporary. Parents should be aware that home and hospital instruction programs are not intended to provide a full academic program, and may be limited in course options that are not requirements. Home and hospital instruction program staff work with students’ current schools to ensure continuity of instruction and service, to the greatest extent possible taking into account the student’s condition.

Home instruction: Parents must submit a request for home instruction, which is reviewed and subsequently approved or denied by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The DOHMH also sets an expiration date for home instruction services, based on when the student is expected to return to school. Parents may seek renewal of home instruction services by submitting another request. Please see the home instruction website for additional details on the process for requesting home instruction (http://www.homeinstructionschools.com/).

  • Students in grades 7-12 receive 10 hours of home instruction per week
  • Students in grades K-6 receive 5 hours of home instruction per week

Hospital instruction: Students receive instruction once they are admitted to a hospital setting. Instruction is provided to the extent a student is medically able, and hospital physicians make this determination. Hospital instruction ends when the student is discharged from the hospital. If the student is still too ill to return to school, parents should proactively submit a request for home instruction before the student is discharged from the hospital, to minimize the delay in transitioning to home instruction.