Effective Date: October 26, 1999
Responsibility: Superintendent of Schools and Program
Home Instruction is provided by our Board when a student has to be absent from school because of sickness or injury due to either medical or mental health reasons. The Board will provide 3 hours per week. In exceptional circumstances the Special Education Coordinator after discussion with the principal may approve up to 5 hours per week.
2.1 The principal shall complete an application for home instruction form and send it to the Coordinator of Special Education.
2.1.1 A letter from the parent/guardian requesting home instruction from the board and the reason for the request must accompany the home instruction application form.
2.1.2 A medical statement from the student’s physician or psychiatrist stating that the student will be absent from school because of illness or accident for an extended period of time and is well enough to benefit from home instruction must also accompany the home instruction form.
3.0 Approval for Home instruction is short term (6 – 8 weeks)
3.1.1 Once approved the Coordinator of Special Education will contact a teacher to provide the home instruction and request him/her to contact the principal to arrange for materials etc. to be used in the program.
3.1.2 The Special Education Coordinator will give due consideration to the principal who recommends a home instructor that he/she believes matches the needs of the student. It is the responsibility of the home instructor teacher to instruct the student including the marking of daily work and tests. After eight weeks, the Coordinator will request an updated letter from the physician or psychiatrist in order to satisfy the need for continuation of home instruction.
3.1.3 The home instructor will submit his/her hours on an occasional teacher time reporting form to the Coordinator of Special Education for approval. The Co-ordinator will then forward that to payroll for payment.
3.1.4 It is the responsibility of the home instruction teacher to consult with the in-school teacher so materials can be acquired.
3.1.5 At the secondary level, it is expected that the following courses could be continued through home instruction.
3.1.10 Social Sciences or any course not requiring lab or shop facilities