Who qualifies for Home Hospital Instruction?
Home Hospital instruction is provided to students who are temporarily unable to attend school. The student must apply for the services. A Health Care provider (Doctor (M.D.), Naturopath (N.D.), Osteopath (O.D.), Dentist (D.M.D.), Chiropractor (D.C.), Physician Assistant (P.A.), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (A.R.N.P.) or a licensed mental health therapist) must certify in writing a student will be unable to attend school for a minimum of four (4) to a maximum of eighteen (18) weeks due to physical disability or illness. The absence may happen concurrently or be spread out over a school year. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or adult student to get the signature of the Health Care Provider.
As soon as you suspect a long-term absence, notify your school or call the Special Services Office at 206. 631.3009. The office's fax number is (206) 631-3388. We can either fax, mail or send an application form to you. To be eligible students must be enrolled in the Highline Public Schools or must be a private school student receiving ancillary services in the district. A home/hospital teacher will be assigned within five business days of the form being approved by the student's building team and returned to the Special Services Office.
What to expect from Home/ Hospital Instruction?
The student will receive about 2 hours of support per week from at Home Hospital tutor who acts as a liaison with the student’s home school. The Home Hospital instruction services are provided by a Home Hospital teacher during the school year, but not during school vacations. There are some exclusions for Home Hospital. For instance it may not be used for a student who is staying at home to care for an infant or a sick relative.
What about credit and grades?
Home Hospital services are designed for students who can maintain academic performance with minimum assistances and for whom absences will not have an adverse educational impact. Regular school credit is given for courses completed with the help of the Home Hospital teacher. Grading of student work will be according to the Home Hospital plan.
What about classes like gym, shop, or foreign language?
Classes that require hands-on practice or specialized instruction may need special arrangements. Upon acceptance for Home Hospital instruction, the student's teachers will be contacted and, special arrangements made for these classes.
Home Hospital Requirements
The parent must be present at the tutoring sessions and ensure the attendance of the student. The student must meet with the Home Hospital teacher as assigned and complete all assigned work within specified timelines.