Home & Hospital Teaching
Carroll County Public Schools’ home/hospital teaching program provides instructional continuity to students who are unable to attend their regular school of enrollment due to physical illness/injury, emotional crisis (including substance abuse), pregnancy, or chronic health impairment(s). Home/hospital teaching is a short-term instructional service mandated by state law with specific guidelines for program implementation and delivery. Home/hospital teaching services allow students the opportunity to continue their academic education as they prepare for their eventual return to the school building.
In order to qualify for home/hospital teaching services, the student must be expected to be absent from school for a projected period of fifteen (15) consecutive school days or more as a result of physical or emotional problems or has a history of intermittent absences due to a chronic impairment. High school students may qualify for services after an absence of ten (10) consecutive school days, if the absence is anticipated to last for at least fifteen (15) school days.
Students enrolled in an elementary or middle school will receive a maximum of six (6) hours per week of instruction. Students enrolled in high school will receive a maximum of eight (8) hours of instruction per week.
· Physical Illness/Injury: A licensed physician or CNP must complete all information in the medical professional section, including the anticipated date the student will return to school.
· Pregnancy: Pregnant students are expected to attend school during their pregnancy. The doctor must provide an estimated date of delivery on the home/hospital teaching request form. Home/hospital teaching services are provided for six (6) weeks postpartum.
· Chronic Health Impairment: Students diagnosed as having a chronic health impairment (such as cancer, asthma, sickle cell anemia, kidney failure, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or cardiac disorders) are eligible for home/hospital teaching services without an anticipated 3-week absence. The physician’s statement must indicate that the illness will cause frequent
intermittent absences of 20% or more of the school year. Home/hospital teaching services are provided to the student during intermittent absences, due to the specific chronic illness, of at least three (3) consecutive school days.
The medical professional should return the completed form to the Student Services Department by faxing it to 410-751-3695, Attention: Home/Hospital Teaching Office. Upon receipt of the form, CCPS staff will determine if home/hospital teaching services is appropriate. If the service is determined to be appropriate and approved, an instructional plan will be developed with the student’s home school. CCPS provides home/hospital teaching through an on-line provider, as well as with individually assigned
home/hospital teachers at the student’s home. CCPS requires that a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) must be present throughout the duration of the time the home/hospital teacher is with the student. The assigned teacher or on -line provider will contact the parent/legal guardian directly to schedule teaching sessions.
Maryland State Dept. of Education regulations require a review and re-verification of home/hospital teaching services after 60 calendar days of service to determine if home/hospital teaching services will continue. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services Department at 410-386-1838.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Steven Shoup, Pupil Personnel Worker of Home & Hospital Teaching, at
410-386-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note: Students may be assigned one or more home/hospital teachers at the school system’s discretion. Services may be provided in person or via the internet. Please be aware that home/hospital teaching does not replicate the classroom experience and is not intended to help students make up past work.