Home-based Instruction

Home-based instruction may be provided to special education students who have been removed from school due to disciplinary or other reasons.

Out-of-School Support

In addition to home-based instruction, Out-of-School Support also consists of homebound instruction and temporary academic support.

The student’s individualized education program (IEP) team determines the placement and defines the services to be provided.  

The goal of home-based instruction is to keep the student current with classroom instruction until the student is allowed to return to a classroom setting. 

Home-based instruction is not intended to replace school services and is, by design, temporary.  It is not a remediation program and is not designed to provide students with time to make up previously missed assignments.  The goal of home-based instruction is to keep the student as current as possible with classroom instruction. 

Courses Supported and Teachers

  • Instructional support is provided for core academic classes: English, science, social studies, and mathematics.  For secondary students, foreign language may also be supported if required for the diploma being pursued.  
  • Home-based teachers do not provide instruction in physical education (P.E.), fine arts and practical arts, and elective courses.
  • Home-based teachers must hold a current Virginia license.  They may be current Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers or may work hourly for FCPS to provide this service.
  • Assignments and materials provided by the classroom teacher are used by the home-based teacher.

Hours and Location of Home-based Services

  • Based on a five-day school week, secondary students are generally provided with two and one-half (2.5) hours of instruction per week for each class.  Elementary students are generally provided with five (5) hours of instructional services per five-day school week.  
  • Home-based instruction is delivered during regular school hours, late afternoon, or early evening, and only on those days when school is in session.  
  • When scheduling sessions, home-based teachers take into consideration parent or guardian requests, but not all requests can be accommodated.
  • The location of services is designated by the Office of Out-of-School Support and may be the student’s home or a community site such as a library.  
  • If services are to be provided in the home, a home visit must be completed prior to the initiation of services, an adult must be present at all times, and all pets must be confined prior to the arrival of the homebound teacher.  
  • Until the home is designated as the instructional site, services will be provided at a community site.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) applies to all students in FCPS at school or during school-sponsored activities. Home-based instruction is considered a school sponsored activity regardless of the venue.

Missed sessions

  • Make-up sessions are only allowed for sessions missed due to illness or family emergencies, and when cancellations are made 24 hours prior to scheduled sessions. 
  • Unless a missed session can be made up during the same week it was missed, it cannot be made up without permission from the Out-of-School Support program manager or educational specialist.
  • Sessions missed due to cancellation by the home-based teacher are made up.
  • Sessions missed due to cancellation of FCPS school activities are not made up.

Technology

  • The use of available technology for the student to participate in some classroom activities from home and to support instruction will be considered when appropriate.

Grading

  • Frequent communication is required between the classroom and home-based teachers, and all work completed by the student is turned in to the classroom teacher.  
  • The classroom teacher is the teacher of record and is responsible for assigning the quarter, semester, and final grades to the student.  
  • Every effort will be made to ensure academic progress; however, course credit must still be earned according to class requirements.  

Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests and Other Required Testing

  • The school homebound/home-based coordinator, the school testing coordinator, classroom teachers, and home-based teachers will collaborate to arrange for the administration of required testing.

Responsibilities

Successful home-based instruction depends on the coordination and collaboration of a number of individuals. The responsibilities of each of these individuals are summarized below:

  • Program manager or educational specialist: 
    • Assigns teachers and provides oversight of instruction. 
    • Works with the school homebound/home-based coordinator to ensure there is appropriate collaboration between classroom teachers and home-based teachers.
       
  • School homebound/home-based coordinator: 
    • Coordinates school efforts regarding home-based instruction. 
    • Works to ensure there is appropriate collaboration between classroom teachers and home-based teachers. 
    • Works with FCPS personnel, the student, and the family to ensure that the student returns to school-based instruction as soon as possible. 
       
  • Special education department chair: 
    • Ensures that the student receives appropriate services and accommodations while receiving home-based instruction. 
    • Works with the school homebound/home-based coordinator and the Office of Out-of-School Support to ensure appropriate collaboration between the classroom teachers and the home-based teachers. 
       
  • School social worker: 
    • Conducts home visit, if required. 
    • Supports school staff members in working with the student and family. 
       
  • School Counselor: 
    • Works with the school homebound/home-based coordinator and the family to ensure academic and elective requirements are met. 
       
  • Classroom teacher: 
    • Collaborates with the home-based teacher to exchange information, strategies, materials, assignments, assessment tools, etc. needed to provide instruction. 
    • As the teacher of record determines the quarter, semester, and final grades. 
       
  • Home-based teacher:
    • Contacts the family to schedule home-based instruction on regular school days. 
    • Works with the classroom teacher as described above. 
    • Using materials and assignments provided by the classroom teacher, provides instruction to the student with the goal of keeping the student as current as possible with classroom instruction. 
    • Returns all completed work to the classroom teacher. 
       
  • Parents or guardians: 
    • Obtain assignments from the classroom teachers until home-based teachers are assigned. 
    • Work with the school staff to obtain assignments for courses not supported by home-based instruction. 
    • Once home-based teachers are assigned, schedules instructional sessions (note that not all scheduling requests can be accommodated). 
    • Make sure that the student is ready for instruction at the time agreed upon. 
    • Provide an appropriate learning environment. 
    • Confine all pets prior to the arrival of the home-based teachers. 
    • Ensure that an adult is in the home at all times, if instruction is provided at home. 
    • Supervise daily homework. 
    • Keep all appointments with the home-based teacher or notify the teacher at least 24 hours in advance if the student is unavailable. 
    • Sign paperwork necessary to verify home-based instruction was provided. 
    • Inform the school homebound/home-based coordinator if the student’s situation changes. 
    • Work to return the student to school-based instruction as soon as possible. 
    • Understand that the SR+R applies to all students during school-sponsored activities regardless of venue.  Home-based instruction is considered a school -sponsored activity.
       
  • Student:
    • Be ready to meet with the home-based teacher(s) at the scheduled times. 
    • Participate actively in instruction. 
    • Maintain an organizational system for assignments, as necessary. 
    • Complete all assignments, including homework assigned. 
    • Work to return to school-based instruction as soon as possible. 
    • Understand that the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR+R) applies to all students during school sponsored activities regardless of venue.  Home-based instruction is considered a school sponsored activity. 

Office of Out-of-School Support Contact Information 

Kurt Mills, Out-of-School Support Program Manager, 571-423-4335
Kristin Dougherty, Out-of-School Support Educational Specialist, 571-423-4293