PROCEDURES FOR SECURING HOME- OR HOSPITAL-BASED TUTORING FOR A STUDENT WITH DOCUMENTED MEDICAL REASONS FOR BEING ABSENT FROM SCHOOL

A Lenox Public Schools student, who, for documented medical reasons, is confined to home or a hospital for fourteen (14) school days or more during the school year, is entitled to receive home/hospital educational services as described under 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c), which states:

Upon receipt of a physician’s written order verifying that any student enrolled in a public school or placed by the public school in a private setting must remain at home or in a hospital on a day or overnight basis, or any combination of both, for medical reasons and for a period of not less than fourteen school days in any school year, the principal shall arrange for provision of educational services in the home or hospital. Such services shall be provided with sufficient frequency to allow the student to continue his or her educational program, as long as such services do not interfere with the medical needs of the student. The principal shall coordinate such services with the Administrator of Special Education for eligible students. Such educational services shall not be considered special education unless the student has been determined eligible for such services, and the services include services on the student’s IEP.

A Physician’s Statement Form (see below for link) must be completed by the attending physician and must include, at a minimum, the following information:
The date the student was admitted to a hospital or confined to home
The medical reason for the confinement
The expected duration of the confinement
The medical needs of the student that should be considered in planning the home or hospital educational services
Parents/guardians need to notify their child’s school nurse as soon as possible if home or hospital instruction is necessary. Once the nurse receives the completed Physician’s Statement the nurse or school principal will notify the Director of Student Services and tutorial services will be procured and assigned. The tutor will contact the family to schedule sessions. The tutor will also contact the student’s school’s guidance counselor or teacher(s), as appropriate, for assignments and materials for student.
Please find the links below for the DESE physician statement form and a link to the Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education’s Q & A
https://www.doe.mass.edu/prs/sa-nr/affirmation.docx
https://www.doe.mass.edu/prs/ta/hhep-qa.html