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Colleen M. Childs
Program Manager
Home/Hospital Instruction

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bulletHome/Hospital Teaching - Who, What & Why?

bulletResponsibilities of the School

bulletResponsibilities of the Home/Hospital Teacher

bulletResponsibilities of the Parent

bulletResponsibilities of the Student

bulletWhat is Home/Hospital Teaching?

Home/Hospital Teaching is a short-term itinerant instructional service with specific guidelines for implementation. The Home/ Hospital teacher works closely with the student's administrator, counselor, and teachers to ensure continuity in instructional services while the student is out of school.

bulletWho receives Home/Hospital Teaching?

This service is provided to Anne Arundel County Public School students who are unable to attend school due to a certified physical or emotional condition. Home/Hospital teaching is provided to a student who is staying home, in a therapeutic center, or in a hospital while convalescing or receiving treatment.

bullet Why is Home/Hospital Teaching Provided?

Home/Hospital teaching is provided to enable the student to continue academic work and remain current with classroom instruction while absent from school. Home/Hospital teaching can also provide a transitional educational service before a student returns to a regular school setting.

bullet Responsibilities of the School

The school will:

  • receive and date verifications of need for Home/Hospital teaching
  • prepare and submit a referral packet
  • maintain the student on the regular school roll and count the student as present, except when a student is not available for Home/Hospital teaching services
  • revise the IEP of any student receiving special education services and discuss with the Home/Hospital teacher how it needs to be monitored
  • provide the Home/Hospital teacher with materials of instruction. This includes books, course outlines, tests/exams, projects, service learning information, and any other material necessary for instruction
  • determine final grades and what credits are to be awarded

bulletResponsibilities of the Home/Hospital Teacher

The role of the Home/Hospital teacher is to act as the liaison between the student, the parent, and the school and to help the student remain current with his/her academic program, including all courses needed for graduation.

  • contact the parent/guardian to establish a teaching date and time
  • contact the school guidance counselor to request materials
  • confirm that materials are ready for pick-up with the principal's secretary (elementary) or guidance secretary (secondary);
    visit the school and talk with relevant school staff and gather materials
  • provide instruction in the areas specified by the Teacher Specialist for Home/Hospital teaching
  • provide a report card at the end of the home teaching service
  • contact the Home/Hospital Teaching Office with any questions or concerns

bulletResponsibilities of the Parent

The parent will:

  • present to the school verification of the need for Home/Hospital teaching services
  • provide a safe environment for home teaching
  • be sure an adult (21years or older) is in the home at all times during the teaching session
  • contact the Home/Hospital teacher in the event that the student is unable to keep a scheduled appointment
  • sign the "Home/Hospital Teaching Report" after each session
  • contact the Home/Hospital Teaching Office with any guestions or concerns
  • communicate expectations with the Home/Hospital teacher

bulletResponsibilities of the Student

The student is responsible for maintaining motivation and cooperation with the home teacher.

  • be on time
  • bring books and materials to the teaching session
  • spend normal school hours doing school work
  • complete all assigned work
  • demonstrate an attitude of respect toward the home teacher
  • participate and cooperate with the Home/Hospital teacher on completing assigned work
  • submit completed work to the Home/Hospital teacher