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Hospital Homebound Program
A homebound or hospitalized student is a student who has a medically diagnosed physical or psychiatric condition which is acute or catastrophic in nature, or a chronic illness, or a repeated intermittent illness due to a persisting medical problem and that confines the student to home or hospital, and restricts activities for an extended period of time. The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03020, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)
In Florida, Hospital Homebound is an area of Exceptional Student Education eligibility that is determined by an IEP Team based on multiple sources of data. One part of that data is the application that is completed by the parent and the student’s referring physician. A physician’s referral is not the only data that will be reviewed. At the initial IEP Team meeting, the team will determine if any additional data is needed to determine eligibility. If found eligible, the IEP Team will write an Individual Education Plan. The IEP Team will determine where and how services will be provided. This service is intended to be temporary and not all classes being offered in the student’s home zone school may be offered as part of this service.
If you feel your child may require homebound services, please contact your assigned school to schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns.
The application is linked below. It must be filled out completely and then sent to the ESE Department of your home zone school. They will contact you about scheduling the initial referral meeting of the IEP Team.ContactHomebound/Hospital Program
2235 NE Coachman Rd
Clearwater, Florida 33765-2214
Office HoursMonday through Friday