• HOSPITAL / HOMEBOUND SERVICES

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    • Amelia Holmes , Coordinator of Health Services

      Holmeam@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

      706-826-1310, x 5564. 

       

      For general questions regarding HHB and assistance with processing forms, please contact Wanda Hutcheson @ (706)-826-1310,  ext 5190.

       

      PHILOSOPHY

      Every student should have the opportunity to be educated to his/her full potential regardless of physical limitations. Hospital /Homebound  (HHB) 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?  

      Academic instruction for core classes only, for a student in grades 1-12 who has a medically diagnosed condition that will significantly interfere with their education, with said diagnosis being non-communicable, which will restrict them from physically attending school and who are confined to their home or hospital for the required minimum of 10 consecutive school days.  Whenever possible, one of the student's regular teachers will be asked to provide the service.

      HHB services are not intended to and do not replace regular school attendance and instruction.  HHB services are designed to be temporary.

      There are two types of HHB: 

      • Full-time =   provides 3 hours of service per week
      • Intermittent = service hours vary, depending on days absent 

      For long-term services, updated medical information must be provided every 12 weeks for services to continue.    

      Submission of a completed HHB packet does not guarantee approval.  

       

      DOES MY CHILD QUALIFY TO RECEIVE SERVICES IN RICHMOND COUNTY?  

      To qualify for services, all requirements below must be met.

      1. The student must legally reside in Richmond County, prior to a request being made. 
      2. The student must be currently enrolled in the Richmond County School System, prior to a request being made.    
      3. Students who are suspended or expelled do not qualify for hospital/homebound services. 
      4. The student must be expected to be absent a minimum of 10 consecutive school days   Any less days than 10 will not be considered;
      5. 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 is free of any contagious diseases. 

      *  Private and home-school students are NOT eligible for HHB services from any Georgia public school.  

      *  Pre-K and Kindergarten levels are not subject to compulsory school attendance, and are therefore not eligible for services. 

      HOW CAN I REQUEST HHB SERVICES FOR MY CHILD?

      Each school has a designee responsible for coordinating HHB services.  Homebound Contacts per School, 2022-2023    Parents must go to their childs school and speak to the designated school contact for assistance in completeing the request packet.    . 

       

      WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT HHB SERVICES?

      To access the Georgia Department of Education website on Hospital/Homebound Services:  GADOE Hospital/Homebound Services

       

      WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING HHB SERVICES?

      Regular education students HHB are managed through the Department of Student Services by Amelia Holmes  @ 706-826-1310, x 5564.  For general questions regarding HHB and assistance with processing forms, please contact Wanda Hutcheson @ (706)-826-1310,  ext 5190.

      Special Education students  should contact the Special Education Department at 706-826-1132, to inquire about services, as SPED can offer more services tailored specifically to the needs of your child.