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Home Hospital Services

Home Hospital (Homebound) Services

Justin Hayden
Home Hospital Coordinator

FAQs & Instructions

What is Homebound instruction and who is it designed for?

Home Instruction (homebound) is short-term instruction provided in a home or other designated site for a student who is temporarily unable to attend school. According to state guidelines, two hours of home instruction each week is equivalent to one full week of school attendance. Home instruction is not designed to take the place of a more appropriate school placement.

What are the requirements for receiving Homebound Instruction?

It shall be determined that a child or youth is to be provided home/hospital instruction if the condition of the child or youth prevents or renders inadvisable attendance at school as verified by signed professional statement in accordance with KRS 159.030 (2) and 704 KAR 7:120.  An application for home/hospital instruction shall be accepted only for a student for whom there is an expectation of an inability to attend regular school for more than five (5) consecutive school days."

Where do I get an Application?

You may pick an application up at the Board of Education Office, click on the Home Hospital Application link and print, or pick up an application at your student’s school. 

Who Fills out the Application?

There are  pieces of paperwork that must be filled out by the health professional

An application is to be filled out by the authorized medical or medical health professional stating that the student is unable to attend school at this time due to health concerns, and that they support Home/Hospital.  They must supply information about the student’s condition and why they are unable to attend school at this time. They must include how long they have been seeing the patient for the diagnosis listed and give an approximate length of time student will need Home/Hospital Instruction.  An application for mental health reasons may be considered if completed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.


Applications may be filed prior to a student's absence as in the case of a child who is scheduled to have a medical procedure and will require a recovery period causing the child to miss more than 5 days of school.


Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

The parents/guardians also have a responsibility when the student goes on homebound instruction.

  • A responsible adult must be present in the home/hospital room during the time the Home/Hospital Teacher is present.
  • The Home/Hospital Teacher meets with the student a minimum of one hour on two (2) school days per week for individualized instruction. Absences are unexcused unless pre-arranged and the time rescheduled with the Home/Hospital Teacher during that same week.
  • A student with a communicable disease, as verified by a health professional, shall be eligible for the Home/Hospital Instruction Program. However, should the student’s condition pose a serious health threat to the Home/Hospital Teacher, the student may receive alternate instruction such as correspondence, computer-assisted instruction, or video during the period of contagion.
  • Please check with your child regarding completion of required daily assignments in order to be ready for instruction at the next designated time.
  • Please provide a suitable work-study area where student and teacher can work with no interruption (for example: CD, tape player, and TV turned off). The area should be clean, neat, and free from household traffic.
  • Other children, visitors, or pets should be kept out of the room so that the teacher will have the student’s full attention.
  • Arrange for the child to have sufficient rest and to be ready for work when the teacher arrives at the home.
  • Complete the Application for Home/Hospital Instruction, including the release of medical information to school officials.
  • In addition to the scheduled weekly home/hospital instruction, the student will work independently to complete assignments.

The Parent Agreement Letter must be signed and given to the school’s office manager along with the application.

What Happens Next?

Once all the necessary paperwork has been completed, return to the school, the home hospital teacher, or the central office. There it will be reviewed and the doctor contacted for verification.

Mr. Hayden (Home Health Instructor) will gather the student's schedule from Infinite Campus and call the parents to set up a time to make the home visit.  He will e-mail teachers to get the assignments and due dates of each one.  He usually visits the student for the first time two days after the initial parent contact.  This allows teachers time to get the assignments to him.  The principal or a designee and attendance personnel will also receive the e-mail so that they are aware of the students who are on homebound.

 Who do I contact to get started?

Your school’s Office Administrator

Milissa Hayden
High School
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4838

Jamie Darnell
Middle School
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4897

Betsy Shultz
Central Elementary
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4900

Jill Cope
Fancy Farm
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4820

Sasha Bennett
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4830

Jena Baker
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4850

Tina Gamble
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4860

Rene Waggoner
Office Phone: 270-(328 or 674)-4871