Park City School District will provide home health education services for a student unable to attend school for medical and/or mental health reasons. The parent or guardian must follow these procedures if a student expects to be absent for at least (10) consecutive school days for health reasons.
A student may become eligible for home health educational services for a variety of reasons. Some students may require home health services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act based upon a determination of the appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Team that home instruction is the student’s least restrictive environment. (The continuum of placements under both laws includes home instruction.) Specific information about instruction, accommodations, and or modifications must be reflected in the student’s 504 plan or IEP.
But not all students requiring home health education services necessarily have a disability. In general, students suffering from temporary impairments with an actual or expected duration of 6 months or less (e.g., a broken leg) are unlikely to have a disability for purposes of Section 504. In all cases, District personnel should be mindful of “child find” obligations and determine on a case-by-case basis whether an impairment is substantial enough to be a disability.
Eligibility for home health educational services requires Home Health Physician Form to be completed, by a physician, medical professional, or licensed mental health provider. The completed form must be presented to the student's current school administrator before consideration for services. For students with an IEP or 504 Plan, the student’s evaluations should support the determination that home health services are necessary for the student to receive a free appropriate public education.