First Home Care Day School improperly uses dedicated school instruction time to provide therapy

Oyster Point Academy, the day school of First Home Care, was cited by the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) for deficiencies related to the length of the school day and progress reports. DOE revealed that the school was using 55 minutes of the school day to provide Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) activities; thus, reducing the time for the instructional program to 4 hours and 35 minutes compared to the 5 hours and 30 minutes as required by state regulations. The DOE contacted the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services about these findings who then subsequently investigated and confirmed that “students were being pulled from the instructional program to receive TDT activities.” DOE also cited the program for not sending students’ periodic goal progress reports to their parents in accordance with the schedules determined by each local school division. The school submitted a corrective action plan to address these cited violations.