Homebound Services

Homebound services are provided to students who are expected to be confined to home or hospital for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. Homebound services may also be provided to chronically ill students who are expected to be confined for any period of time totaling at least four weeks throughout the school year, as documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. If the student is a general education student, a Section 504 committee will determine the amount of services to be provided to the student during his/her absence from school. If the student is a special education student, the child’s ARD committee will determine the amount of services to be provided in this instructional arrangement. For additional information, please contact the counselor at your child's Anna ISD campus.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the homebound program?

The homebound program provides services for students who are unable to attend school due to a medical condition. A full-time homebound student will receive educational instruction by a certified teacher. There are two types of homebound services: one for students in the general curriculum, and one for students served by special education.

Who is eligible for homebound?

A student eligible for homebound services must be enrolled in a public school within Anna ISD, and for psychological and/or medical reasons, must be incapable of attending school.

A licensed physician’s medical report is required if a student is expected to be confined for a minimum of four consecutive weeks and/or a student is expected to be confined for any period of time totaling at least four weeks throughout the school year.

Examples of physical reasons a student might need homebound include chemotherapy, serious chronic health conditions, or a student recovering from surgery.

If a student is contagious, homebound services will not be provided until the physician designates it safe to do so.

The homebound teacher and classroom teacher work collaboratively to provide the appropriate curriculum assignments for the student. The team effort enables the student to make a positive, smooth transition when he/she is able to return to school.

Is the homebound program free?

Yes, because it is a public school program, the family is not required to pay for the services.

How is the homebound program initiated?

A physician, parent, or student may request services by contacting the school principal, counselor, or teacher. The parent will be given a homebound application to be completed and returned to the Special Programs office. A medical report will be faxed to the physician for completion. Upon receipt of the completed application and medical report, either a Section 504 meeting (for general education students) or an ARD meeting (for special education students) will be scheduled to review the homebound request. 

Parents will also be asked to provide written consent for the district to exchange confidential information with the child’s licensed physician in order to plan an appropriate educational program for the student.

What forms must be filled out?

  • Homebound Application
  • Consent to Release Confidential Information Form
  • Physician’s Medical Report

*Additional forms will likely also be requested by your child’s Section 504 or ARD committee.

How long does it take before the homebound teacher makes the first visit?

After the paperwork is completed and received by all parties, the Section 504 or ARD committee meeting will be held. Once eligibility for homebound services has been established, a convenient time to begin services will be agreed upon by the parents and teacher at the meeting. 

An adult must be present when the homebound teacher is in the home providing instruction. This is for the protection of the students, as well as the teacher.

What if I still have questions?

Please feel free to contact the Department of Special Programs at  972-924-1016 for additional information.






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