According to The Free Education for Sick Children Law, children who are ill and must stay home for an extended period of time are entitled to continue their studies at home.
- Tlalim - Educational Support for the Sick Child is a project initiated by the Ministry of Education. The support is provided free of charge to homebound students throughout Israel in the following ways:
- Teachers who come to the students' homes
- Lending of computers, educational software and CDs for material being learned in the classroom
- Virtual school which enables learning courses in Hebrew, Arabic, and English from home
- Connection to a special system that lets students who are in isolation after undergoing a transplant or other treatment see, hear and participate in classroom activities from their home
Who is Eligible?
- Children entitled to free education in accordance with The Compulsory Education Law (ages 5-18) or The Special Education Law (ages 3-21) and who meet one of the following conditions:
- They are confined to their home for more than 21 consecutive days in accordance with doctor's orders.
- They are suffering from a disease or health impairment that requires them to be a home bound, as prescribed by a doctor, for a period exceeding four weeks, when the number of weeks in treatment or the number of weeks home bound stem from the same disease or health impairment. The number of weeks in treatment or home bound must be considered one period, that is, there may not be more than four weeks between two periods of time.
How to Claim It?
- The director of the child's educational framework must request approval from the child's parents for educational assistance from Tlalim - Educational Support for the Sick Child.
- After receiving parental consent, the director will submit a request for assistance to "Kadima Mada" on an http://www.wokm.org//files/Tofes_Shlabim.pdf official request form].
- In order to receive the assistance, the parents must provide the following documentation:
- In cases of mental illness - A recommendation from a psychologist or psychiatrist confirming a required recovery period and recommending that the child stay at home during this period. The director of the child's educational framework must then submit a request to the district director to approve the child's absence from school for a period of up to 6 months.
- Medical documentation detailing the illness.
- Medical documentation indicating a doctor's recommendation for recovery at home for the duration of the absence.
- If necessary, a special education placement committee decision.
- In cases where the teacher or practitoner who taught the student at his home in the past through Tlalim and wishes to continue to teach the student, must request this to "Kadima Mada"
- The request for assistance should be sent to Kadima Mada email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kadmia Mada can also be phoned at: 1-800-071-170
- The child's school or daycare is responsible for his/her studies and curriculum.
- Students who do not meet eligibility requirements can receive educational support through Tlalim's Virtual School.
- Children with special needs who are confined to their homes are entitled to receive all services according to the Special Education Law
Laws and Regulations
- The Free Education for Sick Children Law
- The Compulsory Education Law
- The Special Education Law
- Ministry of Education Director Circular 5761/3a from 01.11.2000 - Procedure for providing educational assistance to ill children at home by means of the Tlalim organization
- Knesset Information and Research Center: The Education System's Treatment of Hospitalized and Homebound Children
- Instruction for receiving assistance from Tlalim