FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOME INSTRUCTION (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-10)
~General Home Instruction Questions~
1. How can parents access home instruction services?
A parent must submit a request for home instruction directly to the school district in which the student is enrolled. The request must include a written determination from the student’s physician documenting the need for confinement at the student’s home or other treatment setting for 10 consecutive school days or 15 cumulative school days or more during the school year. The school district must submit the written determination to the school physician who will review and verify the need for home instruction. The school physician may also provide reasons for denial of the need for home instruction to the board of education. The district is required to notify the parent of the school physician’s verification or reasons for denial within five school days of receipt of the written determination. The district must provide instruction within five school days of the school physician’s verification. If verification is made prior to the student’s confinement, then instruction should begin during the first week of the student’s confinement.
2. What are guided learning experiences?
Guided learning experiences are prescribed activities designed by the teacher to reinforce and support previously provided instruction in the Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) that can be completed by the student without the teacher present. Examples of acceptable activities are an independent study, a structured learning task, a thematic project or guided online instruction.
3. What are the certification requirements for teachers providing home instruction?
Teachers must be certified in the grade and subject in which they are providing instruction.
4. How often are students instructed?
Students who are out of school due to a temporary or chronic health condition must receive no fewer than five hours per week of one-on-one instruction on three separate days of the week and, if the student is physically able, no fewer than five hours per week of additional guided learning experiences that may include the use of technology. If instruction is provided in a small group, the minimum number of hours of instruction per week shall be determined by multiplying the number of the students in the group by five hours on no fewer than three separate days during the week.
Students who are out of school for reasons other than a temporary or chronic health condition (i.e. awaiting alternative education placement, short-or long-term suspension or as a result of a court order) must receive no fewer than 10 hours of one-on-one instruction on three separate days of the week and no fewer than 10 hours per week of additional guided learning experiences that may include the use of technology. If instruction is provided in a small group, direct instruction that may include guided learning experiences must be provided for no fewer than 20 hours per week on no fewer than three separate days during the week.