HOSPITAL / HOMEBOUND SERVICES
Every student should have the opportunity to be educated to his/her full potential regardless of physical limitations. Hospital /Homebound teachers are liaisons between the student and the school. They have the unique responsibility of coordinating and continuing the designed program of study for the hospital/homebound student. Our goal is to provide a continuous educational program for all ill or disabled students through the combined efforts of a hospital/homebound teacher, the school administration, the Department of Student Services and the parent.
WHAT ARE HOSPITAL / HOMEBOUND (HHB) SERVICES?
The child who has a medically diagnosed condition which is non-communicable and restricts him/her to his/her home or hospital for a period of time which will significantly interfere with his/her education (a minimum of 10 consecutive school days (5 days on block schedule) or for intermittent periods of time for a minimum of 10 days per year) is eligible for the service of an itinerant hospital/homebound teacher.
Whenever possible, the student's regular teacher will be asked to provide the service.
* HHB services are not intended to, and do not replace regular school services and are designed to be temporary.
DOES MY CHILD QUALIFY TO RECEIVE SERVICES?
The student must request services in the county in which they reside and the student must be currently enrolled in the public school system (in this case, Richmond County) in which they are requesting service. Private and home-school stuents are NOT eligible for HHB services from any Georgia public school.
In order for a student to receive services, the licensed physician or psychiatrist currently treating the student must declare the specific diagnosis along with specific dates of absence, and verify that the student will benefit from the instructional program.
HOW CAN I REQUEST HHB SERVICES FOR MY CHILD?
Each school has a contact person responsible for coordinating HHB services - usually the School Counselor. To ensure a seamless provision of services, Parents should contact the school HHB Contact to access the necessary forms. The Parent must complete the "parent section" at the top and then deliver the "Physician Form" to the treating doctor, who will then forward the information directly to the Student Services Department.
The "HIPAA" & "Verification of Receipt" forms, also required to be completed by parents, are available on this site and in each school.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT HHB SERVICES?
Click this link to reach the Georgia Department of Education website on Hospital/Homebound Services: GADOE Hospital/Homebound Services
WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING HHB SERVICES?
Hospital/Homebound Services are managed through the Department of Student Services by Dr. Aronica Gloster - Coordinator. She may be reached at 706-826-1310, x 5501, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general questions regarding HHB and assistance with processing forms, please contact Mrs. Wanda Hutcheson - Assistant, by phone at (706)-826-1310, ext 5190 or by email at email@example.com
Hospital/ Homebound Resources
The "Parent Packet" consists of the following forms:
Page #1: Informational page that the parent should keep for their records.
Page #2: Verification of Receipt form, that confirms the parent received a full packet. This must be signed & dated by the parent & returned to Wanda Hutcheson via fax (706-826-4626) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Page #3: HIPPA Form. This must be signed & dated by the parent & returned to Wanda Hutcheson (see fax # & email address above).
Page #4: Medical Form. The parent must complete, sign & date the "Parent" section at the very top. Then take this one form & leave it with the students treating physician. The doctor must complete the medical portion & return the completed form to Wanda Hutcheson (see fax # & email address above).
***Please note all mental health diagnosis (ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.) are required by the State of Georgia to be treated by a Psychiatrist when requesting Homebound Services, with said treating psychiatrist completing and signing off on the Homebound request form. Any other doctor that signs off on the request with a mental health diagnosis will result in the form being returned to the parent/guardian for resubmittal to the correct doctor, as it cannot be processed.
A contact number for Wanda Hutcheson is 706-826-1310, ext 5190 or she may also be emailed at email@example.com
This form can be used to document the specifics regarding the hospital/homebound services. SST, 504, or IEP plans can be updated and used in lieu of this ESP form. All documentation should be uploaded into the student's Person Documents Tab in Infinite Campus.
HHB Training Video
This presentation provides an overview of the guidelines regarding hospital/homebound services.Author:Length: