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Home-Hospital Instruction

Home and Hospital Instruction is for students temporarily disabled by physical, mental or emotional illness, which make school attendance impossible or inadvisable, as certified by a physician's written description of the disabling condition. (EC Section 56026, BP 6183)  Students must live within the boundaries of the Scotts Valley Unified School District.

Upon receipt of the Home and Hospital Application and Physician or Health Provider's statement, the district will determine eligibility and respond within 5 working days.  Please call (831) 438-1820 ext 102 if you have any questions.


Is it Home and Hospital or Independent Study?

Home and Hospital

The purpose of Home and Hospital instruction is to provide instruction to a student with a temporary disability in the student’s home or in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding state hospitals.  A temporary disability is defined as a physical, mental or emotional disability incurred while a student is enrolled in regular day classes or an alternative education program, and after which the student can reasonably be expected to return to regular day classes or the alternative education program without special intervention.

Within five working days following written notification through the Home and Hospital form, including a signed Doctor’s note, the school district shall determine whether the student will be able to receive individualized instruction, and, if the determination is positive, when the individualized instruction may begin. Individualized instruction shall start no later than five working days after the positive determination has been made (EC Section 48208).  In most cases, the duration of services shall be determined by the administrator after consultation with the medical professional requesting Home and Hospital services per the medical release form. 

The primary outcome of Home and Hospital Instruction is to maintain a student at the student’s former level of performance while recovering from the temporary disability so as not to jeopardize the student’s future performance upon returning to a regular day class or alternative education program.  Grades are generally Pass/No Pass, although regular grades may be given if the student is successfully completing classwork.

Home and Hospital, a state program, is for general education students only. 


Students on IEPs

In Special Education, the parallel program is Home Instruction. The process begins the same with the Home and Hospital paperwork, including a signed doctor’s note, but will be followed by an IEP meeting.  If the student generally receives related services, they may be suspended if the student is home long term. The team needs to keep in mind what is most important for the student while she or he is too ill to come to school. 


Students on 504s

The process begins the same with the Home and Hospital paperwork, including the doctor’s note, but like students on an IEP, the request will be followed by a 504 meeting.  The team needs to keep in mind what is most important for the student while she or he is too ill to come to school. 

Short-term Independent Study 

Short-term Independent Study may be made available when students are not able to participate in site-based instruction at least five or more consecutive days during the school year. Short- term Independent Study ensures that a student is able to maintain academic progress in his/her regular classes. (AR6158) Applications shall be approved only upon determination that the student is prepared to meet the district’s requirements for independent study and is likely to succeed in independent study as well as or better than he/she would in the regular classroom. 


Long Term Independent Study

The purpose of long term independent study is to provide an alternative academic learning opportunity (Ed Code 51225). (See CalEdFacts)  Independent Study provides the opportunity for a student to study at his or her own pace, create a bridge between the school and the community, accept the challenge to excel in areas of special interest, and/or take time away from the on-campus environment. K-5 placement is only available full time. Participation by 6th-8th students may be part or full time (dependent on various factors). Participation by 9th-12th grade students is in Humanities classes.  

Part 1: For Parents

Part 2: For District/Site Staff

Part 3: Agreement - After Approval from District Office