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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
Hospital/Homebound Student Services
Please contact the school principal for services.

​Hospitalized Students

​Homebound Students 

​The purpose of hospital education services in to enable students to continue their educational program while hospitalized.  Depending on their health, hospitalized students should continue with an educational program as similar as possible to the program they would receive in school.

Although hospital teachers provide classroom assignments and instructional support for students confined to hospital, the classroom teacher maintains ongoing responsibility for coordinating the student’s educational program.

Before education services are provided to the student, authorization from the attending physician should be received.  

Instruction should be initiated as soon as the student’s medical condition permits.

​The purpose of homebound education services is to enable students to continue their education program while absent from school for periods during the school year because of illness or related medical/psychiatric reasons.
Homebound education services provide students with an educational program as similar as possible to the program they would receive if attending school.  Contact with the student will be on a regular basis and of sufficient duration that the student is able to maintain his/her educational program to the extent that the medical condition allows.  Regular contact between the homebound program teacher, the principal, the classroom teacher(s) and the parents or guardians and access to all available school district resources is expected.
Teachers of homebound students provide direct instruction to students, but in most cases responsibility for long-term planning of the students’ educational program remains with the students’ classroom teacher(s) in collaboration with the homebound teacher and the school-based team.

It is essential that there be effective collaboration, consultations and coordination with all care givers if services for homebound students are to be effective.  In some instance, when a student is experiencing psychiatric difficulties, homebound services may exacerbate the student’s difficulties.  In these cases, alternative educational plans should be developed in collaboration with the community mental health team and other service providers as appropriate.

Access to Hospital Education Services 
Students eligible for education services within the hospital include: 
  • students with medical conditions including injury, disease, surgery, pregnancy, or psychological disability.  

Access to Homebound Education Services 
Students eligible for services include:
  • students who are absent from school for medical reasons such as injury, disease, surgery, pregnancy, psychological reasons, etc.


  • students suspended by the board of school trustees under section 103 (c) of the School Act may be served in a homebound program.