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Is homeschooling the same as homebound instruction or instruction in the home?

Homeschooling is NOT the same as home-bound instruction or instruction in the home.

Homeschooling is a home education program developed and provided by a child’s parent and/or guardian. A child who is home-schooled is NOT enrolled in the school district of residence. On the other hand, home-bound instruction is instruction provided by a school district to an enrolled student who cannot attend school for a short period of time due to a medical problem (such as a broken leg). Instruction in the home is provided by a school district to a student with a disability who is in need of special education services and who is enrolled in the district, but for some reason those education services cannot be provided appropriately to the student in a school setting. The use of instruction in the home is restricted to students whose needs require full-time special education services and programs outside the school setting for the entire school day.

For more information, call the Office of Counseling and Promotional Standards at 215-400-4810.