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(1.95) My child is a special education student but must be educated at home for a while due to health issues related to her disability. The district says it will provide one hour of “home instruction” per day and no related services. Can the district do this?

(1.95) My child is a special education student but must be educated at home for a while due to health issues related to her disability. The district says it will provide one hour of “home instruction” per day and no related services. Can the district do this?

Home instruction (sometimes called “home/hospital”) is an educational placement  option available to students with disabilities who cannot be educated in a public school setting. Typically, students in this placement have significant health needs or significant behavioral challenges.

All special education students are entitled to an individualized program of specialized instruction and related services designed to meet a student’s unique needs and which results in educational benefit. [Board of Education v. Rowley, 102 S. Ct. 3034 (U.S. 1982).] An arbitrary limit of one or two hours per day of home instruction without individualized assessment of the placement and related services is not designed to your child’s unique needs. Therefore, any home instruction program, including the need for related services, must be developed at an IEP team meeting and be based on your child’s individual needs. See Chapter 4, Information on IEP Process.