Home Hospital Tutoring

Home Hospital Tutoring

A Needham public school student, who, due to documented medical reasons, is confined to home or a hospital for fourteen (14) school days or more during the school year, is entitled to receive home/hospital educational services as described under 603 CMR 28.03(3)(c).  Students with chronic illnesses who have recurring home/hospital stays or less than 14 consecutive school days, when such recurrences have added up to or are expected to add up to more than 14 school days in a school year, are also eligible for home or hospital educational services if they are requested and the medical need is documented by the physician.  In this context, "Needham public school student" means a student who is enrolled in Needham school district or a charter school, or a student who is being educated with public funds in an educational collaborative or an approved private day or residential special education school.  Once the student's personal physician determines that a student's medical condition will require either hospitalization or home care no less than 14 school days, the physician must notify the school district responsible for the student in order to begin that home/hospital instruction process.  The student's physician must complete a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) form 28R/3 (equivalent signed statement) and submit to:

Needham Public Schools
Attn:  Penny Belezos
Student Support Services
1330 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA, 02090
email:  penny_belezos@needham.k12.ma.us


At a minimum the physician's signed notice must include the following information:

- The date the student was admitted to a hospital or was confined to home;
- The Medical reason(s) for the confinement;
- The expected duration of the confinement; and
- Medical needs of the student that should be considered in planning the home or hospital education services.

Please see links below for DESE Physician's Statement form and DESE Question and Answer Guide for Home/Hospital Tutoring.

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