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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(b) (14 Del.C. §122(b))
14 DE Admin. Code 930
 
PROPOSED
 
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
 
930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound)
 
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
Amendment to Existing Regulation
 
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound) in response to legislative action as well as other changes that have been brought forward through this review of the regulation. Legislation from the 146th General Assembly codified a requirement that Department of Education regulation define eligibility for supportive instruction for school district and charter school students; identify the licensed professional authorized to certify eligibility. Additionally, an amendment was made to address identification of those areas for supportive instruction that are not a result of sudden illness, injury, accident, episodic flare up of a chronic condition.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before September 5, 2012 to Susan Haberstroh, Education Associate, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.
 
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The regulation is related to supportive instruction and should continue to assist those affected students improve student achievement.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation is related to supportive instruction and should continue to ensure all students receive and equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation is related to supportive instruction and should continue to ensure the adequate protection of health and safety for all students’.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The regulation is related to supportive instruction and should continue to ensure all students’ legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation preserves the necessary authority and flexibility at the local board and school level.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation does not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability does not change because of these amendments.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The regulation is consistent with other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There are no additional costs to the State or local school boards for compliance because of the amendments.
 
930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound)
 
1.0 Definition
Supportive Instruction is an alternative educational program provided at home, in a hospital or at a related site for a student temporarily at home or hospitalized for a sudden illness, injury, episodic flare up of a chronic condition or accident considered to be of a temporary nature. This may also include an alternative educational program provided at home to a student that has been suspended, expelled or subject to expulsion based upon the student’s local school district or charter school policy.
1.1 Procedures for eligibility shall be limited to appropriate certification that the student cannot attend school.
1.2 Services for children with disabilities as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (20 U.S.C 1400 et.seq), and its regulations (34 CFR parts 300 and 301), 14 Del.C., Ch. 31, and the Department of Education's regulations on Children with Disabilities (14 DE Admin. Code 922 through 929) shall be provided in accordance with these laws and shall be processed under the district's special education authority. Nothing in this regulation shall prevent a district from providing supportive instruction to children with disabilities in a manner consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations, 14 Del.C., Chapter 31, and the Department of Education's regulations on Children with Disabilities.
1.3 Nothing in this regulation shall alter a district's duties under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act to students who are qualified individuals with disabilities. Nothing in this regulation shall prevent a district from providing supportive instruction to such students.
14 DE Reg. 558 (12/01/10)
 
2.0 Eligibility for Conditions other than Suspension, Expulsion or Subject to Expulsion
2.1 A student enrolled in a school district is eligible for supportive instruction when the district or charter school receives the required certification that an accident, injury, sudden illness or episodic flare up of a chronic condition will prevent the student from attending school for at least ten (10) school days.
2.1.1 A physician or an advanced practice nurse, employed by or who has a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician, must certify absences due to a medical condition.
2.1.2 Absences due to severe adjustment problems must be certified by a psychologist or psychiatrist and confirmed through a staff conference.
2.1.3 A physician or an advanced practice nurse, employed by or who has a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician, must certify absences due to pregnancy complicated by illness or other abnormal conditions.
2.1.3.1 A student does not qualify for supportive instruction for normal pregnancies unless there are complications.
2.1.3.2 A student who remains enrolled in school is eligible for supportive instruction during a postpartum period not to exceed six weeks. Postpartum absences must be certified by a physician.
2.4 Supportive instruction can be requested as an in school transitional program that follows a period of supportive instruction that was provided outside of the school setting. If the supportive instruction is provided as an in school transitional program, it must be approved through a staff conference.
9 DE Reg. 402 (9/1/05)
14 DE Reg. 558 (12/01/10)
 
3.0 Implementation
3.1 Supportive instruction for a student shall begin as soon as the documentation required by 2.0 is received. Supportive instruction may continue upon the return to school setting only in those exceptional cases where it is determined that a student needs a transitional program to guarantee a successful return to the school setting in accordance with 2.4.
3.1.1 Supportive instruction shall adhere to the extent possible to the student's school curriculum and shall make full use of the available technology in order to facilitate the instruction.
3.1.1.1 The school shall provide a minimum of 3 hours of supportive instruction each week of eligibility for a K to 5th grade student, and a minimum of five hours each week of eligibility for a 6 to 12th grade student. There is no minimum for in school transition.
3.1.1.2 Nothing in this regulation shall prevent a school district from providing additional hours of supportive instruction to an eligible student from other available funding sources.
3.1.2 Summer instruction is permitted for a student who is otherwise eligible for supportive instruction and, as determined by the student's teachers and principal, needs the instruction to complete course work or to maintain a level of instruction in order to continue in a school setting the following school year.
4 DE Reg. 344 (8/1/00)
4 DE Reg. 497 (9/1/00)
9 DE Reg. 402 (9/1/05)
14 DE Reg. 558 (12/01/10)
 
4.0 Eligibility and Implementation for Suspension, Expulsion, or Subject to Expulsion
If a local school district or charter school provides for supportive instruction (homebound) for students that have been suspended or expelled, the local school district or charter school shall have a written policy regarding eligibility and implementation.
16 DE Reg. 160 (08/01/12) (Prop.)