Homebound Instruction

Homebound and Pregnant and Parenting Students
Students who are excused due to illness or other urgent reasons may be provided with homebound instruction.  Becoming pregnant or being a parent does not, in itself, necessitate that a student receive homebound instruction.  Certification of a physician is required for any student, including pregnant or parenting students, who are requesting homebound instruction because of an illness or other urgent reasons.

Pursuant to federal law, every citizen of the United States is to receive equal education opportunities.  With regard to the citizens of Pennsylvania, all persons residing in the Commonwealth between the ages of six and twenty-one are entitled to a free and full education in its public schools, and may not be excluded from the public schools nor from extracurricular activities because of being married or pregnant.  

To maintain the educational opportunities of pregnant or parenting students, programs may be designed to meet the special scheduling and curriculum needs of such students.

Suggested Guidelines of Attendance for a Pregnant/Parenting Student 



  All efforts should be made to ensure that the pregnant student is

  enrolled and attends school. 




  If complications arise during pregnancy such that attendance at

  school would be harmful to the physical or mental health of the

  pregnant student or infant, the student should submit a

  statement from the attending physician specifically supporting

  the absence and requesting homebound instruction for a

  specific period of time.





  Following the birth of an infant, a female student requires

  a period of time to recuperate from child birth and arrange

  for child care. The student should submit a statement from

  the attending physician stating the birth date of the infant.

  Homebound instruction may be provided up to six weeks following

  the birth. LEAs should ensure that the student is receiving

  homebound instruction and counseling to assist the student in

  accessing available social services to ensure that the student

  remains in school to achieve graduation.




  Following the six week post-partum period for a female student,

  the parenting student shall follow LEA policies for absences.

Following the six week post-partum period for a female student, the parenting student shall follow LEA policies for absences.
A student who is absent from school due to pregnancy or parenting should be allowed to reenter the school in the same manner as any other student whose non-attendance is a result of an excused absence or a temporary disability.  A student older than the compulsory school age who leaves school due to pregnancy or parenting demands without achieving a high school diploma, shall be allowed to re-enter school up until the age of 21. 

Homebound Services
Homebound Instruction is an extended learning opportunity offered to students who have a medical condition that necessitates instruction in the home. A request for homebound instruction must be signed by a licensed medical practitioner (doctor) showing evidence that a student is unable to attend school. Parents must request homebound instruction from the school that their child attends. 

Terms for Home Study Students:
Tutoring in the home is designed to assist students who have been expelled from school.  Parents have a 30 day period to request educational assistance from the school district. Requests are made to central office. Expelled students will be tutored in their home or in a public place such as a local library, college library or community center. Central administration will assign a teacher to each student. Teachers will have identification. Students who are expelled for the school year will be pre and post tested.  To determine a student’s eligibility for promotion, attendance must be 95%, grades must be C or better, and progress/ growth will be determined by district assessments. These indicators will be submitted to the coordinator of alternative education.


Home Study Students Protocols
The protocols for Homebound Instruction and Home Study are as follows:

  • The Teacher will work between the following hours:
    • Primary grades start time:  4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Intermediate grades start time:  4:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Secondary grades start time:  2:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • The teacher will engage students in meaningful instruction for at least one hour per each subject.  The session will not exceed 2 ½ hours each day.  
  • Instructional materials are obtained from the classroom, are current, and aligned to state standards.
  • Parents must sign off on a district time sheets presented by the teacher at the conclusion of each session.
  • After 22 days of instruction, interim grades will be issued and submitted to your child’s school and central administration. 
  • After 45 days of instruction, quarterly grades will be submitted to your child’s school and central administration.