• Henry County Schools

    Hospital/Homebound Program

    General Education Students

    Hosptial/Homebound information for students in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program, can be obtained by contacting the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department.

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    Program Overview

    The Henry County Schools Hospital/Homebound (HHB) Program provides continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or hospital for students enrolled in the Henry County School District whose medical needs, either physical or psychiatric, do not allow them to attend school for a limited period of time.

    HHB services are not intended to supplant regular school services and are by design temporary.  HHB services may be used to supplement the classroom program for students with health impairments whose conditions may interfere with regular school attendance. 

     Program Description

    A student approved for participation in the HHB program will be eligible to receive supplemental instructional services during periods when the student’s medical needs do not allow him/her to attend school for a limited period of time.  These supplemental instructional services cannot, and are not meant to, take the place of classroom instruction and students are expected to attend school to the greatest extent possible.

    The HHB instructional services delivery model will be determined by the HHB Coordinator, with input from the student’s school and parents/guardian. 

    A student will be eligible to receive three (3) hours of instruction for every week (at least three eligible absences) he/she is absent from school.  The instruction can be provided in a one-to-one or small group format, at the student’s home or the health care facility where the student is confined.  The HHB instruction will be provided by a fully certified teacher and will generally focus on the core subjects, i.e. English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and reading; however, in some cases, elective subjects may be supported. 

    In some cases, based upon individual circumstances and needs, a student will be enrolled in online courses, via the Georgia Virtual School or Impact Academy.

     Program Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for participation in the HHB program, the student must satisfy the following criteria:

    • The student must be fully, and lawfully enrolled in a Henry County School District school.
    • The student must have a medical and/or psychiatric condition that is documented by a licensed physician or psychiatrist.
    • The student's physician/psychiatrist must anticipate that the student will be absent from school for a minimum of ten consecutive school days or for intermittent periods of time anticipated to exceed ten school days during the school year.
      • If the student’s school is on an approved block schedule, then the ten-day minimum requirement is reduced to five consecutive or five intermittent days during the school year.
    • The student must be free from any airborne, communicable diseases.

    The student’s parent (or the student, if he/she is an emancipated minor or student over the age of 18 years) and physician/psychiatrist must also fully complete and submit all required HHB paperwork.

     Application Process

    A parent/guardian (or student, if he/she is an emancipated minor or student over the age of 18 years) may apply for HHB services for any eligible student.  The application process is as follows:

    Step 1:    Contact the student’s local school to begin the HHB application process.

    Step 2:    Prior to visiting the school, gather the following pieces of information:

    • Parental email address
    • Student email address
    • Student’s Physician/Psychiatrist’s First and Last Name
    • Student’s Physician/Psychiatrist’s Address
    • Student’s Physician/Psychiatrist’s Phone Number
    • Student’s Physician/Psychiatrist’s Fax Number
    • Student’s Physician/Psychiatrist’s Email Address 

    Please Note: Failure to have the above listed pieces of information available when you visit the school will prohibit you from completing the “Hospital/Homebound Services Request” form.  Staff at the student’s school WILL NOT be able to look up or find the pieces of information listed above.

    Step 3:    Visit the student’s local school to discuss if HHB services are appropriate for the student’s medical situation.

    The HHB contact at the student’s school will discuss the HHB program and will assist with completing the HHB application.

    Please review the following "Hospital/Homebound - Application Process Overview - Parents - 2017-2018" document for further details regarding applying for HHB services.

Hospital/Homebound Application Process for Parents - 2017-18

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Hospital/Homebound?

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    The Henry County Schools Hospital/Homebound (HHB) Program attempts to provide continuity of educational services between the classroom and home or hospital for students enrolled in the Henry County School District whose medical needs, either physical or psychiatric, do not allow them to attend school for a limited period of time.

    HHB services are not intended to supplant, or take the place of, regular school services and are by design temporary.  HHB services may be used to supplement the classroom program for students with health impairments whose conditions may interfere with regular school attendance.

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  • Who can apply for Hospital/Homebound services?

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    In order to be eligible for participation in the HHB program, the student must satisfy the following criteria:

    • The student must be fully, and lawfully enrolled in a Henry County School District school.
    • The student must have a medical and/or psychiatric condition that is documented by a licensed physician or psychiatrist.
    • The student's physician/psychiatrist must anticipate that the student will be absent from school for a minimum of ten consecutive school days or for intermittent periods of time anticipated to exceed ten school days during the school year.
      • If the student’s school is on an approved block schedule, then the ten-day minimum requirement is reduced to five consecutive or five intermittent days during the school year.
    • The student must be free from any airborne, communicable diseases.
    • The student’s parent (or the student, if  he/she is an emancipated minor or student over the age of 18 years) and physician/psychiatrist must fully complete and submit all required HHB paperwork.
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  • If my child is out sick, does he/she have to apply for Hospital/Homebound services?

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    No.  If your child is out sick and has a valid doctor's excuse, that covers the time-period during which your child is absent, his/her absences will be medically excused and you will have the option to obtain any work for your student during that time-period and your student's grades will not be penalized because he/she was absent.  

    However, even with absences covered by a valid doctor's excuse, your student is expected to make every reasonable effort to stay current on information presented in courses.

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  • What are the types of Hospital/Homebound services?

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    There are two types of Hospital/Homebound services:

    • Full-time HHB – A student whose physician/psychiatrist indicates that the student needs full-time HHB services is a student whose physician/psychiatrist believes that the student’s medical condition will prohibit him/her from attending school for at least 10 consecutive school days. A student approved for full-time HHB services could be eligible to take his/her classes online or have a tutor provide three (3) hours of in-hospital or in-home instruction per week.
    • Intermittent HHB – A student whose physician/psychiatrist indicates he/she needs intermittent HHB services is a student whose physician/psychiatrist believes that the student’s medical condition will prohibit him/her from attending school for 10 or more school days throughout the year. A student approved for intermittent HHB services could be eligible to have a tutor provide three (3) hours of in-hospital or in-home instruction per week, subsequent to every incident of at least three (3) consecutive absences.  Please note, a student approved for intermittent HHB services is expected to attend school on a semi-regular basis.
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  • How long does the Hospital/Homebound application process take?

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    It depends.

    The length of the application process is dependent upon how quickly a student's physician completes and returns the "Hospital/Homebound Services Request" form to the district's Hospital/Homebound Coordinator.  However, please note: after a student's physician completes a "Hospital/Homebound Services Request" from and submits the form to the HHB Coordinator it may take up to ten (10) days until an application is approved and a HHB Tutor is assigned. Incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications may delay approval and tutor assignment.

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  • Can I choose the type of Hospital/Homebound service that my child receives?

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    The type and form of services, e.g. full-time vs. intermittent and home tutor vs. online courses, will be determined by the leadership at a student's local school and the district's HHB Coordinator.

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  • Can I choose my child's Hospital/Homebound tutor?

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    No. Hospital/Homebound Tutor assignments will be made by the district's HHB Coordinator.

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  • If my child is approved for Hospital/Homebound services will all of his/her absences be excused?

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    Not necessarily.

    Only absences that occur after approval for HHB services will be excused under the HHB program.  Additionally, in order for a student's absences to be excused under the HHB program, the student must receive three (3) hours of service for every week (at least three eligble absences) days of HHB-eligible absences.  

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Hospital/Homebound Contacts

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - Elementary Schools 2017-18

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - Elementary Schools - 2017-18

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - Middle Schools 2017-18

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - Middle Schools 2017-18

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - High Schools 2017-18

Hospital/Homebound Contacts - High Schools - 2017-18