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Referral Process

​​​​​​My child’s physician has recommended Hospital/Homebound. What are the next steps?

  1. Once the physician shares with the parent that Hospital/Homebound     services should be co​nsidered, based upon current medical information, ​the parent/guardian must complete and sign the following two forms: Parent​ Information and Par​ent ​Consent.​

  2. ​Return both signed forms to the Hospital/Homebound office: Fax: 386-943-3413, scan and email forms to Home Education-Hospital Homebound​, or US mail to Hospital/Homebound at Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange, FL 32129.

  3. ​​​​Upon receipt of the above parent forms, the Hospital/Homebound office will communicate with the physician regarding the physician’s recommendation for Hospital/Homebound. All communication   regarding  the completed application must be exchanged between Volusia County Schools and the child’s physician. The Parent or Guardian may not deliver the Hospital/Homebound referral to the physician or return it to the Hospital/Homebound office.

  4. Once a completed frefferal from the physician is returned to the  Hospital/Homebound office via fax or US Mail, contact will be made with the Placement Specialist at the child's zone school to schedule an eligibility meeting. 

  5. Parents will be contacted regarding a staffing date and time to  ​  determine eligibility/ineligibility for Hospital/Homebound services and will be informed of all participants invited to this meeting. 

  6. After reviewing all available student information, if the student is found eligible for Hospital/Homebound services, the committee will develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to address educational goals, support services and service delivery model. If a student is found ineligible for Hospital/​ Homebound services, other available options will be shared with parents. 

  7. Once the Hospital/Homebound application expires (based upon the date range ​provided by the physician), instructional services through Hospital/Homebound will be considered for dismissal. Hospital/Homebound will not be available to the student without a medical extension from the physician. Without a medical extension prior to the expiration of Hospital/Homebound services, the student will need to immediately return to the zone school for a class schedule to be developed. School attendance will continue to be monitored.​

​Process for extending Hospital/Homebound eligibility period:

  1. The Hospital/Homebound offic​e will notify the parent (via US mail) in advance of the end date of services. If the student continues to demonstrate a need for Hospital/Homebound services, a medical extension form will need to be completed by the physician and returned to the Hospital/Homebound office. 

  2. Hospital/Homebound services are designed to be temporary in nature. Occasionally, a student may require additional time on Hospital/Homebound beyond the dates specified by the physician; however, the placement on Hospital/Homebound can be reviewed at any time.

  3. Once Hospital/Homebound services expire, dismissal from Hospital/Homebound will be considered by an IEP committee. The student  will be expected to return to school unless other arrangements are made by the parent.

  4. Upon receipt of a completed medical extension form from the physician, a special review may be set by the IEP committee to determine continued services with the Hospital​/ Homebound program.

  5. As always, the goal of the Hospital/Homebound program is to provide the least restrictive services to the student possible while receiving medical treatment.​​​

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