Student Denied FAPE by School's Adherence to Homebound Policy rather than Consideration of Student's Educational Needs


In In re: Student with a Disability, 117 LRP 48756 (Sept. 23, 2017), the school district's strict adherence to homebound guidelines violated the IDEA for a student suffering from Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Status Migrainous, and Sun Downing who missed 186 school days over a two-year period and received only 49 tutoring sessions during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 Endrew F. ruling, the hearing officer found that the district failed to provide a program reasonably calculated to enable the student to make progress appropriate in light of the circumstances and ordered 330 hours of compensatory education by a certified special education teacher.