TALBOT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
POLICY CODE 9.7
EASTON, MD 21601
The Talbot County Board of Education recognizes the need for home/hospital instruction in specific instances:
- I.Students who are unable to attend school regularly because of physical and/or emotional condition are eligible to receive instruction at home or in a hospital. In addition, students awaiting trial for certain criminal offenses in the community may also qualify if other alternative school programs and/or expulsion have been ruled out. The Superintendent of Schools shall be responsible for determining the need and for providing the instruction.
- Any homebound child who is a resident of Talbot County is eligible for home/hospital instruction regardless of whether or not he/she was incapacitated within or outside of Talbot County.
- The determination of need may be established through completion of an Application for Home/Hospital teaching by both the appropriate education authority and the appropriate medical authority.
- II.Applications for home instruction are to be signed by a medical specialist. This signature indicates that the child should not attend school because of his/her condition. Forms are provided in the office of the Superintendent.
- The term “medical specialist” is interpreted as a person who has specific credentials for identifying and treating special health problems, (i.e., dermatologist, cardiologist, psychiatrist, orthopedist, etc.).
- In cases where home instruction is considered for a child with emotional/behavioral problems, the initial application may be signed by a certified psychologist. In such cases, however, it will be assumed that a final application signed by an appropriate medical specialist (possibly a psychiatrist) is forthcoming.
- Exceptions to II-A and II-B will only be allowed in those cases where a student has been charged as an adult for committing a crime off of school property or during non-school hours. Exceptions may also be made when the Superintendent receives notification of a reportable offense from a law enforcement agency. In such cases, if it is determined (by administrator) that the student’s presence in school will be detrimental or disruptive to school operations, then a Student Services Team review will be conducted immediately
- III.In situations where group instruction is feasible and desirable, a combination of individual and group instruction is recommended.
and recommendations shall be made to the Principal regarding home instruction vs. other alternative education options or expulsion. Final approval for placement must be granted by the Superintendent.