A homebound or hospitalized student is a student who has a medically diagnosed physical or mental condition which confines the student to the home or hospital and whose activities are restricted for an extended period of time. A student is eligible for the services of the H/H program if the following criteria are met.

Certification by a licensed physician:

  • that the student is expected to be absent from school due to a physical or mental condition for at least fifteen consecutive school days or due to a chronic condition for at least fifteen school days which need not run consecutively, and will be able to participate in and benefit from an instructional program
  • that the student is under medical care for illness or injury which is acute or catastrophic in nature
  • that the student can receive an instructional program without endangering the health of the instructor or other students with whom the instructor may come in contact
  • which includes a description of the disabling condition with any medical implications for instruction

Agreement signed by the parent, guardian, or primary caregiver concerning H/H policies and parental cooperation that includes provision for:

  • a quiet, clean, well-ventilated setting where the teacher and student will work
  • the presence of a responsible adult
  • a schedule for student study between teacher visits
  • an uninterrupted telephone line during teleclass instruction
  • the student to be prepared to actively participate in learning

Enrollment in a public school prior to referral for the H/H program, unless the student meets criteria for eligibility under State Board Rule for another exceptional education program.

Elementary and Middle School students who are enrolled in the H/H program receive services at home or in the hospital. H/H teachers consult with classroom teachers in order to provide continuity of instruction. H/H teachers visit students for approximately three hours each week.

High School Students who are enrolled in the H/H program are served at home or in the hospital via teleclass. When students enroll, they are given schedules of classes with times and phone numbers. Students call in at the specified times and are connected with their teacher and other students. Each class, academic or non-academic (as available) is scheduled for approximately three hours per week. High school students receive more hours of instruction than do elementary and middle school students. This enables the high school students to continue their courses of study and receive regular high school credit for the courses.

Click here: Request for Consideration for Hospital/Homebound Services

For more information about the H/H program call:

Lisa Carr
Senior Manager
Hospital Homebound & Virtual Programs
Dwight Smith Center
900 Lowry Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801
Rte A
Main office: 863-668-3032
Fax number: 863-665-5383