Homebound instruction shall be made available to ALL students (including student who are pregnant) who are actively enrolled in a NPS and confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist.
Medical homebound instructional services are available to eligible students whose documented medical needs (physical or psychiatric) prevents regular school attendance; or it if is anticipated that s/he will be absent for a specific period of time exceeding fifteen or more consecutive days (or three weeks) of school; this proclamation includes students who are pregnant.
The Board of Education through the regulations establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia requires in 8 VAC 20-131-180 that:
Homebound instruction shall be made available to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist. For students eligible for special education or related services, the Individualized Education Program committee must revise the IEP, as appropriate, to direct off-site instruction. Credit for the work shall be awarded when it is done under the supervision of a teacher licensed by the Board of Education and meets the requirements of 8 VAC 20-131-110.
Eligible students may be approved for up to nine weeks (or 45 school days) of homebound instruction based upon the medical and/or mental health recommendations of the treating physician/psycholgist/pschiatrist.
Extension of services beyond the nine weeks requires the submission of a medical extension form from the physician or licensed clinical psychologist verifying the continuing need.