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Policy 500.46 – Home and Hospital Instruction



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education recognizes the importance of providing instruction to students who are confined to home or hospital (medical facility) during a term of illness, injury or other extenuating circumstances. To assist students and their families in such circumstances, the Board of Education establishes a Home and Hospital program with the objectives of alleviate concern over academic/work credit, to maintain the skills necessary for returning to the classroom, and to facilitate ongoing contact with the student and parent/legal guardian.  
  2. The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for developing regulations for administering a Home and Hospital Instruction program consistent with these objectives, subject to review and approval by the Board.



Program Administration - 500.46-1

  1. For information regarding Home Instruction for special education students pursuant to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), please refer to special education guidelines. Exhibit—1, Home Instruction.  



Qualification for Services - 500.46-2

  1. The student is enrolled in a Canyons District school.
    1. If an open enrollment student returns to their boundary District during the school year, eligibility for continued Home and Hospital services will be determined by the individual school in consultation with the parent/legal guardian and the Director of Student Services.
  2. The student is confined at home or in a medical facility due to physical or emotional illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstances.
  3. The student has missed or expects to miss ten (10) or more consecutive days of school.
  4. The student has a pattern of missing three (3) or more days of school each week due to ongoing illness or physical condition.
  5. The student’s condition will allow 50 percent or less attendance during the school day.
  6. Home and Hospital Instruction is recommended by the student’s physician, medical professional, social worker, psychotherapist, or legally directed services, and is requested by the parents/guardian.
  7. Home and Hospital Instruction is recommended by the District Case Management Team.



Providing Services - 500.46-3

  1. The local school will complete the “Request for Home and Hospital Instruction” form to initiate the services for each student. A copy of that form with a copy of the doctor’s verification will be submitted to Student Services.
  2. The student’s physician, medical professional, social worker, or psychotherapist shall be asked to estimate the length of time that Home and Hospital Instruction services will be needed.
  3. Prior to providing Home and Hospital services to a student, an academic assessment and review will occur with the home school’s Student Support Team to help facilitate progress toward mastery regarding core requirements or credit progress toward graduation.
    1. Students placed in the Home and Hospital instruction program will remain dual enrolled at the referring CSD school to enable related educational supports.
  4. For students receiving services through an Individual Education Plan (IEP), placement on Home and Hospital will require an IEP meeting to discuss delivery of educational services and any applicable amendments.
    1. For students on an IEP, the IEP team will determine the appropriate number of instruction hours to meet service goals, which may exceed the general two hours of instruction time of per week.
  5. For students with a Section 504 accommodation plan, the 504 team will convene to review accommodations and Home and Hospital services.
  6. In most cases, the duration of services shall be determined by the principal after consultation with the student’s parents and physician, medical professional, social worker, or psychotherapist.
  7. If it appears that the program is being abused by the parent or student, the principal will initiate a formal review with the Superintendent’s designee administering the Home and Hospital Instruction Program.
  8. Students will be provided Home and Hospital Instruction services only during the weeks when their assigned school is in session.
  9. Secondary students in grades 9-12 requiring long-term services of Home and Hospital Instruction (nine weeks or more or seven weeks if it falls within the quarter break) will be transferred to long-term home and hospital services. The Home and Hospital Instruction will be provided in the home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) under the direction of the District.
  10. During the last two quarters of the school year, seniors who are on line for graduation and not involved in an extensive makeup program shall receive Home and Hospital Instruction services from their local school to enable the student to graduate from that school.
  11. Instruction for students who are expelled/suspended for drug and alcohol violations will be provided by the local school or District as specified in the District policy.
  12. The District Case Management Team may determine that some students will receive their education for a designated period of time through the Home and Hospital Instruction Program as an alternative to their local school.



Assignment of Teachers - 500.46-4

  1. Whenever possible, students shall be taught by teachers from the school in which they are enrolled. When an appropriate teacher is not available, the principal may arrange for a teacher from another school.
  2. Principals shall make Home and Hospital Instruction teaching assignments on the basis of teacher interest, availability, and qualifications.
    1. Teachers shall be reimbursed for providing Home and Hospital Instruction at their current hourly base rate.
    2. One half hour of preparation time is allowed for each two hours of actual instruction.
    3. Teachers shall receive a mileage reimbursement at the current district rate. Mileage is based upon the round-trip distance from the school to the student’s home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station).  Mileage forms may be submitted as needed but must be submitted during the current school year calendar.  Time required for travel is not part of the two-hour instruction time.
    4. Teachers shall maintain a record of their services on the Home and Hospital Instruction Teaching Record Form, logging the date of each instruction session, arrival and departure times, mileage, and other pertinent information.
    5. The principal shall submit time sheets for Home and Hospital Instruction along with the designated copy of the Home and Hospital Instruction Teaching Record Form signed by the parent to the Student Services Department.



Instruction - 500.46-5

  1. Home and Hospital Instruction
    1. Instruction shall be provided at the student’s home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) after regular school hours. Generally, one two-hour instruction session shall be provided per week.  With principal approval, two one-hour sessions may be provided if it is deemed in the best interest of the student.  (One-hour sessions are generally only used with elementary-age students.)
      1. A remote option for instruction may be offered by the school subject to agreement with the parent/legal guardian.
      2. Remote instruction may be required for students who are living outside of CSD boundaries on permit.
    2. A parent or other responsible adult must be present in the home during the instruction session. If the parent or guardian fails to provide proper chaperonage, the instruction session shall be canceled.
    3. Instruction materials shall be furnished by the school where the student is enrolled.
    4. Long term (nine weeks or more) Home and Hospital students will be provided instruction through on-site, on-line or designated, accredited alternative programs or a combination of these under the direction of the District.
  2. Hospital Instruction
    1. Canyons District shall provide teachers and instructional materials for students confined to approved non-accredited hospitals.
    2. Students enrolled in Canyons District and later assigned to hospitals with accredited educational programs shall be served in one of two ways:
      1. Withdrawn from Canyons School District and transferred to the accredited institution which will provide teachers and instructional materials.
      2. Assigned to a school but may be served at the hospital by an accredited institution under a contract with Canyons School District based upon a daily pro-rated amount of the WPU. Teachers and instructional materials shall be provided by the institution under contract.



Grades and Credit for School Attendance - 500.46-6

  1. Students who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction shall be counted as attending school.
  2. Secondary teachers must prepare assignments for students in their classes who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction. Substitute assignments will be provided if the regular class activities cannot be completed at home.  
  3. In the event the requirements of the course and standards cannot be met at home, the school administration will consult the parent/legal guardian to select a comparable course to meet the student’s needs to facilitate a course transfer.
  4. If a comparable course is unavailable, in consultation with the school administration, the teacher may give the student an “incomplete” for the course when it cannot be appropriately taught through Home and Hospital Instruction.  In this case, the teacher would provide an opportunity for the student to make up the missed credit through alternative assignments.  
  5. Middle school and high school students who receive Home and Hospital Instruction for five weeks or more during any one quarter shall receive attendance credit and grades for work completed from the Home and Hospital Instruction.
    1. Grades awarded by the Home and Hospital Instruction teacher shall be averaged with the grades awarded by the regular classroom teachers to determine the grades to be entered on the student’s report card and permanent record.
    2. If the student was on Home and Hospital Instruction for a full quarter, the student’s report card grades shall be determined by the Home and Hospital Instruction teacher.





Document History

Revised – 4.19.2022.  Policy – 500.46 – Home and Hospital Instruction was updated to clarify students on an open enrollment permit qualify for Home and Hospital Instruction services.  Additional adjustments were made as follows:  

  • If a student returns to their boundary District, eligibility for Home and Hospital will be determined by individual school in consultation with the parent/legal guardian and Student Services.   
  • An academic assessment and review was added with the home school’s Student Support Team to support students receiving Home and Hospital Instruction services
  • Language was added for conducting an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting for student receiving services on an IEP to meet service goals
  • Language was added to convene a Section 504 Team to review accommodations and Home and Hospital services
  • Language was added to allow schools to offer remote instruction services for Home and Hospital Instruction
  • Language was added to allow selection of a comparable course when the requirements of a course or standards cannot be met at home.  If a comparable course is not available, language was added to allow for a course “incomplete,” and an opportunity to complete alternative assignments.  
Revised – 5.22.2018.  Policy – 500.46 – Home and Hospital Instruction requires a title revision (from Home Instruction) and a minor language change from “Home Instruction” to Home and Hospital Instruction.  This revision clarifies “Home Instruction” is used only for special education students pursuant to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Home and Hospital Instruction is used for issues when students are unable to attend school for illnesses, injuries, or extenuating circumstances.

Adopted – 1.18.2005.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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