Department of education
Office of the Secretary
REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER
930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound)
I. Summary of the Evidence and Information Submitted
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound) in order to clarify the wording in 2.4 and 3.0 concerning supportive instruction which is in the school setting and supportive instruction that takes place at the student’s home. The word “documentation” in 2.0 has been changed back to “certification” in the final version of the regulation. The regulation defines Supportive Instruction, describes who is eligible for services and how to implement the program.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on June 22, 2005, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit “A”. Comments were received from Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Children and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Department has changed the word ìdocumentation” in 2.0 back to “certification” as recommended by the Councils. The Department has not added the words “either or” to 2.0 as suggested since transitional programs are only available following Supportive Instruction.
II. Findings of Facts
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 930 in order to clarify the wording in 2.4 and 3.0 concerning supportive instruction which is in the school setting and supportive instruction that takes place at the student’s home.
III. Decision to Amend the Regulation
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 930. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 930 attached hereto as Exhibit “B” is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 930 hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
IV. Text and Citation
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 930 amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “B”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 930 in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
V. Effective Date of Order
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on August 9, 2005. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 9th day of August 2005.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Valerie A. Woodruff, Secretary of Education
930 Supportive Instruction (Homebound)
Supportive instruction is an alternative educational program provided at home, in a hospital or at a related site for students 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.
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 Act (IDEA) and the State Department of Education's regulations on Children with Disabilities shall be provided according to the Administrative Manual: Special Education Services, 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 the Administrative Manual.
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.
A student enrolled in a school district is eligible for supportive instruction when the school receives the required certification documentation 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 A physician must certify absences due to a medical condition.
2.2 Absences due to severe adjustment problems must be certified by a psychologist or psychiatrist and confirmed through a staff conference.
2.3 A physician must certify absences due to pregnancy complicated by illness or other abnormal conditions.
2.3.1 Students do not qualify for supportive instruction for normal pregnancies unless there are complications.
2.3.2 Students who remain enrolled in school are eligible for supportive instruction during a postpartum period not to exceed six weeks. Postpartum absences must be certified by a physician.
2.4 When the request for supportive instruction is for transitional in-school programs immediately following supportive instruction provided outside school, the request must be certified through a staff conference. 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.
Supportive instruction for students shall begin as soon as the certification required by 2.0 is received and may continue upon return to school only in those exceptional cases where it is determined that the student needs a transitional program to guarantee a successful return to the school program as in 2.4.
Supportive instruction for students 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 program as delineated in 2.4.
3.1 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 The school shall provide a minimum of 3 hours of supportive instruction each week of eligibility for students K-5th grade, and a minimum of five hours each week of eligibility for students 6-12th grade. There is no minimum for in-school transition.
3.1.2 Nothing in this regulation shall prevent a school district from providing additional hours of supportive instruction to eligible students from either its Academic Excellence allotment or other available funding sources.
3.2 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 program the following school year.