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Home Tutoring Information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOME TUTORING?

A student with a temporary physical or emotional condition that makes school attendance medically impossible shall receive individual instruction in a suitable public location such as The Watervliet Library, the student’s home, or other public facilities. This instruction applies to students incurring a physical or emotional condition after which they can reasonably be expected to return to regular day classes or an alternative education program. This application process is consistent with New York State Education Law.

WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR A STUDENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR HOME TUTORING?

Before approving Home Tutoring, the District shall require satisfactory evidence, in the form of a signed statement of a licensed physician, psychiatrist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R, that the condition of the child medically prevents attendance at school. This statement must be completed by a licensed physician or psychiatrist in order to be considered, must include the diagnosis and the length of time the student is anticipated to be absent from school and must be attached to the application. Home Tutoring is authorized by the District, not the student’s physician or psychiatrist. The District will designate the location of the instruction.

Many students with temporary health problems may still be able to attend school with modification. These modifications are determined through planning sessions with the family, student’s physician or psychiatrist, school nurse, and other school officials. In some cases, a temporary modification of the school schedule is sufficient to accommodate the student’s needs, and Home Tutoring is not needed. Home Tutoring will not be assigned when there are less than ten (10) days remaining in the student’s school year.

An application for Home Tutoring must be completely filled out and submitted to the District’s Director of Programs & Pupil Services, Janelle Yanni at the PPS Office, 1245 Hillside Drive, Watervliet, New York 12189. This form may be obtained from the PPS office. The application will be reviewed by the District Director of Programs & Pupil Services and the school nurse and parents will be notified regarding approval or denial within five school days after receipt of the Application for Home Tutoring.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE HOME TUTORING EACH WEEK?

Elementary school students on Home Tutoring will receive five hours of instruction per week and secondary school students will receive ten hours of instruction per week. Sessions will be held in a suitable location (i.e., Watervliet Library), the student’s Home or a community facility. An adult must always be present in the student’s Home when services are being provided. Tutoring is provided in coordination with the District calendar. No tutoring will occur on a school holiday or weekend, during summer months, or on other days when school is not in session.

CAN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DURING HOME TUTORING?

If Home Tutoring is approved, the student will not participate in any extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, school dances and other social events, school events, or athletic activities while on Home Tutoring.

HOW CAN A REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF HOME TUTORING BE APPROVED?

Requests for extension of Home Tutoring services beyond the period of time that is initially approved will require additional documentation and must be satisfactory to the District. Any child who is excused from school attendance for more than six (6) months must have two (2) signed statements from two different licensed medical physician or psychiatrist’s. Exception: If a physician or psychiatrist certifies that a student has a chronic physical condition unlikely to substantially improve within one (1) year, then one signed statement is sufficient for services that extend beyond six (6) months. This exception does not apply to students with mental health conditions.

WHEN IS AN INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EVALUATION REQUIRED?

The District reserves the right to obtain an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) by a physician or psychiatrist of its choice whenever a student has been on Home Tutoring for more than one month. Home Tutoring may cease to be provided if the parent does not reasonably cooperate in making the student available for the IME.

WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION FOR HOME TUTORING REQUIRE?

An application for Home Tutoring must be completely filled out and submitted to the District’s School Nurse. This form may be obtained from the school nurse’s office. The following information must be supplied by the physician or psychiatrist:

1. The reason why Home Tutoring is necessary.

2. The medical condition including history, prognosis, and medication.

3. Any limitations concerning the kind and duration of instruction.

4. The length of time needed for Home Tutoring.

5. Possible precautions that the tutor should take during the period of instruction.

6. The physician or psychiatrist’s original signature is required (stamped signatures will not be accepted). Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Parents will be notified regarding approval or denial within five school days after receipt of the application for Home Tutoring.

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Additional Info

Procedure

Home Tutoring Procedure

Home Tutoring Parent Letter

Home Tutoring Parent Letter

Application

Home Tutoring Application