You can learn about temporary home instruction for a student unable to attend school.

You can also learn about the requirements for home schooling.

Some students with medical conditions cannot attend school in-person. This is called Medically Necessary Instruction (also known as Home Instruction). This is for public school students in New York City.

Reasons for confinement include:

  • Medical conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Serious emotional condition

Services are offered for school-aged children (from 3K to grade 12). They are available in all five boroughs.

Services can include:

  • In-person instruction by a certified teacher
  • Individual or Group instruction by certified teachers through digital platforms

Any family with a student who is immunocompromised due to the following may apply:

  • Medical conditions
  • Treatment for orthopedic conditions
  • Treatment for a psychiatric conditions

Applications for conditions not listed will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The curriculum will follow the student's most recent program, with changes as needed. The goal is to allow home bound students to continue their education for a short time.

Students who cannot attend school because they fail to meet school immunization requirements are not eligible.

Learn more about the application process and download the required forms.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

Home schooling is when a parent chooses to educate a child at home. A parent or guardian may begin home schooling at any time.

You can learn more about the process required to educate a child at home.

The Department of Education does not provide:

  • Instructors
  • Instructional materials

Parents are solely responsible for providing instruction and materials.

Students who receive home schooling do not accumulate credits. They will not be granted a diploma.

Learn more about Home Schooling.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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