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Homebound Program educates immunocompromised student – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-09-28 19:41:54 –

Corpus Christi, Texas — Last year, doctors diagnosed then nine-year-old JoRox with a rare autoimmune disorder called juvenile dermatomyositis.

Its condition and treatment, including chemotherapy, made her very vulnerable and vulnerable to illnesses, including COVID-19.

She finished her fourth year online, like many Corpus Christi Independent School District students.

However, CCISD did not offer virtual education this year, so mothers turned to homebound programs available to students with disabilities.

It was supposed to provide students like Joe with four hours of instruction at home, starting for her on September 2, almost a month after the school year began.

“Then I got a call from CCISD’s homebound program that day. They don’t have a teacher for her. Nobody comes today. There is a shortage of teachers.”

Two more weeks have passed since Bridget repeatedly asked the school district for answers.

A week ago, Joe’s school teacher agreed to begin an hour-long visit to her home four days a week to provide Joe with personalized instruction.

“I feel really good when the teacher comes in,” Joe said.

Some teachers work hard for homebound programs, while others have dual obligations, such as the teachers helping Joe.

She receives additional compensation from the state for additional work through special education or funding for students with disabilities.

Mary Gera, senior director of special education at CCISD, said Homebound serves about 30 students each year, and even if COVID-19 is involved in swirls, that number has fluctuated so much. It states that it is not.

“I think we’ve received more inquiries than before. More students have been found to be eligible for service than last year, but not far from their normal location,” said Gera.

The school district has not commented on individual student cases, so there is no explanation for Bridget’s claim that homebound program teachers took weeks to begin their visits.

Also, it is unclear how long the visit will last, and Joe needs to make up for the missed weeks of teaching time.

But now that these home lessons are in the second week, Bridget is already seeing the difference.

“When I met (the teacher), she was very warm, welcoming, kind, and genuinely interested in Joe’s health, well-being, and education,” Bridget said.



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