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Homebound/Hospitalized Instructional Program
Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a Miami-Dade County Public School Student
  • Provide medical documentation that
    • Student will be absent at least 15 days
    • Student will benefit from instruction
    • Student will not endanger the health or safety of the teacher or others students

If you believe your child meets these requirements, follow these steps to apply:

Medical Evaluation.pdf
(PDF - 288 KB)
  • Download Medical Evaluation Form
  • Have Physician complete medical portion
  • Complete parent/guardian portion
  • Fax to Merrick at (305) 447-3761

    (PDF - 334 KB)
  • Download Exchange of Information Form
  • Complete Form
  • Fax to Merrick at (305) 447-3761

Please note - original documents must replace faxed forms within five days

What happens next?

  • Merrick staff will verify eligibility, then contact you to schedule a meeting.
  • An eligibility meeting will be held at Merrick, and an Individual Education Plan will be developed.
  • At this meeting it will be determined which service delivery model will most appropriately meet your child's need for Homebound or Hospital Services.
  • Homebound/Hospitalized services will be provided until your child is ready to return to his or her original school, pending continued medical authorization.

As this process can require two weeks to complete, please begin as soon as you are aware that homebound or hospital-based educational services will be needed. It is not necessary to be absent for an extended period before applying to the program.

For further information

  • We are happy to answer your questions any time, please call.
  • Merrick Educational Center (305) 514-5100


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