Homebound instruction is considered a “general education” placement, but it is considered the most restrictive placement because it removes the student from the mainstream and peers. However, it is frequently used for a student who is too symptomatic, or too emotionally fragile to attend school in the school building. It is considered a temporary placement until the student is able to return to school or until a more appropriate placement can be procured.

Parents need to know that a doctor’s “order” must accompany the request for home instruction. An IEP meeting will determine how often the tutors for each subject will come to the house to provide instruction and lessons for the student. Some school districts require a doctor’s therapy or treatment plan to accompany any application for homebound instruction.