Special Education Supports & Services

  • Special Education Homebound

    A student may be eligible for Homebound services through Special Education which is a temporary setting that provides Special Education and related services to eligible students who are projected to be confined to home or hospital bedside as documented by a licensed physician. Homebound instruction may also be provided to chronically ill students who are expected to be confined for any period of time totaling at least four (4) weeks throughout the school year, as documented by a licensed physician. Homebound instruction may also be used for services to infants and toddlers (birth through 2) and young children (ages 3-5) when determined appropriate by the ARD committee.

    After receipt of the Homebound Needs Assessment, the written medical report (Other Health Impairment-OHI) from the physician describing the medical condition of the student, and the length of time confined to home or hospital, it is then the responsibility of the ARD Committee to determine eligibility/placement. All decisions (e.g., goals and objectives, placement services, etc.) regarding students with disabilities are made in the ARD/IEP Committee meeting.
    The initial ARD Committee meeting will project the dismissal date based on information from the physician. In all cases, students receiving homebound instruction are dismissed from homebound eligibility at the end of each school year. If homebound instruction is appropriate the following year, current information must be requested and received from the physician(s). Homebound instruction ceases on the date indicated by the physician(s) unless an extension is received from the physician(s) based on a current medical assessment.

    General Education Homebound 

    The purpose of general education homebound instruction is to provide eligible students with academic instruction at home or hospital bedside, during a temporary period of absence, in order that they can re-engage successfully at their home campus when they return to their home campus. Homebound instruction cannot replicate, and is not intended to replicate, what a student receives in their classroom setting. The goal of the homebound program is to facilitate the student’s return to the classroom as soon as possible. 

    A general education student may be eligible for general education homebound services through Section 504  if the student is to be confined for a minimum of four weeks to a hospital or homebound setting for medical reasons specifically documented by a licensed physician. The weeks of confinement need not be consecutive. A Section 504 committee will meet to consider the Homebound Needs Assessment from the physician describing the medical condition of the student, the length of time confined to home or hospital for the 504 committee to make a determination of eligibility/placement. If the 504 committee determines that such instruction is appropriate, the committee shall determine the type and amount of instruction to be provided and, if applicable, the length of the transition period to the school-based setting based on current medical information.  

    TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES for Homebound students- Classroom teachers will coordinate lesson plans, assignments, exams and maintain student's grades.


      1. Prepare and have ready an area in the home that is conducive to learning (well lit, quiet, clean, comfortable and relatively private).
      2. Ensure that a responsible adult is present at all times the homebound teacher is providing instruction.
      3. Supervise your child's effort and progress on assignments, and expect that your child will need to put forth significant effort between visits by the homebound teacher.
      4. Keep the homebound teacher and the campus informed of any change in medical status that would affect your child's instructional needs.

    Due to the severity of their medical conditions, Homebound students are typically unable to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities, work programs, outside jobs and other activities outside the home. If students are able to participate in these activities outside the home, the ARD committee or 504 committee will likely need to meet to consider this information.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Davison, davisonl@lisd.net, or Carolyn Cade, cadec@lisd.net.