Upon knowledge of the need for a homebound instructor, the elementary principal will contact the student’s current teacher to determine a willingness to provide Homebound Instruction. If the homeroom teacher is not interested, other staff persons at the student’s grade level should be contacted. If no instructor is available, a general building announcement should be made. In the event that the action taken is not successful, the principal shall contact the Director of Student Services, who will recruit an appropriate homebound instructor.
The counselor who becomes aware of a student who will be on homebound placement first contacts the student’s teachers to determine if they will provide the instructional program. If interested teachers are found, the Application for Approval of Homebound Instruction will be completed by the counselor, signed by the principal and forwarded to the Office of Student Services. If one or more of the student’s teachers do not offer to provide the instructional program, the counselor should notify the teaching staff of the availability of a homebound instructor position. The building counselor determines the notification procedure. If an interested teacher is not found after the second day of notification, the Director of Student Services should be contacted.
The administrative assistant for the Director of Student Services will initiate a search for certificated teachers to complete the student’s Homebound Instruction program. As per Board Policy, the District assumes no liability if a certificated instructor cannot be obtained to provide the instruction. Only certified teachers in the area(s) designated for Homebound Instruction can qualify to instruct a student. The counselor will be notified of the acquisition of teachers. Homebound instructors will be directed to contact the student’s counselor, who will coordinate contacts with the student’s teacher and/or provide the necessary teaching materials and assignments.
The designated homebound instructor should receive a copy of the Homebound Instruction Guidelines prior to implementing an instructional program. The Office of Student Services will forward the Guidelines and appropriate forms to the homebound tutor.
Each teacher who is to provide Homebound Instruction must have prior approval by the Board of Education. The teacher must also have a satisfactory police, child abuse and fingerprinting clearances with the past year prior to approval by the Board. The counselor or principal shall be responsible for contacting the Office of Student Services to obtain Board approval for homebound teachers who are not on the East Penn School District staff. District faculty members, substitute teachers and guest teachers are already approved.