1. Home
  2. 6000s
  3. 6173.1 Remote Learning

6173.1 Remote Learning


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored


Policy X Other Reasons


Local Education Agencies (LEA) must plan to provide full-day, full-time, in-person instruction and operations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9, schools must be in session for 180 days to receive state aid. The statute requires that school facilities be provided for at least 180 days during the school year. Section (b) notes that where a district is required to close the schools of the district for more than three consecutive school days due to a declared state of emergency, declared public health emergency, or a directive and/or recommendation by the appropriate health agency or officer to institute a public health-related closure, days of virtual or remote instruction commensurate with in-person instruction will count towards the district’s 180-day requirement.

LEAs may be confronted with the incidence of COVID-19 positive cases amongst staff and/or students. If an LEA is required to exclude a student, group of students, a class, or multiple classes as a result of COVID-19, while the school itself remains open for in-person instruction, the LEA should be prepared to offer virtual or remote instruction to those students in a manner commensurate with in-person instruction to the extent possible. In circumstances when the school facilities remain open and in-person instruction continues in those classrooms that are not required to quarantine, those days in session will also count towards the district’s 180-day requirement in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9.

Emergency Virtual or Remote Program:

In order to provide transparency and ensure that New Jersey students continue to receive high quality, standards-based instruction, each school district, charter school, renaissance school project and Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities (APSSDs) must annually submit its proposed program for virtual or remote instruction (plan) to the Commissioner of Education. This plan would be implemented during a district closure lasting more than three consecutive school days due to a declared state of emergency, declared public health emergency, or a directive by the appropriate health agency or officer to institute a public health-related closure.

Adopted: October 25, 2021

Key Words

Virtual Education, Virtual Learning, Remote Education, Remote Learning, Synchronous, Asynchronous, Transition Request

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:6‑3 Courses in constitution of United States

N.J.S.A. 18A:33‑1 District to furnish suitable facilities; adoption of courses of study

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 et seq. Curriculum and courses

N.J.S.A. 18A:35‑4.6

through ‑4.8 Parents Right to Conscience Act of 1979

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1 Curriculum and instruction

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1 Graduation requirements

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-3.1 et. seq. State Board of Examiners and certification

See particularly:

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-5, -6, -8,

-9, -10, -11, -12, -14

N.J.A.C. 6A:14‑3.7 Individualized education program

N.J.A.C. 6A:14‑4.1 General requirements

N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-9.5 Commissioner to ensure achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.1et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8 et seq. Student attendance and accounting

New Jersey Department of Education: Clarifying Expectations Regarding Full Time Remote Learning Options for Families in 2020-2021 (Supplementary to The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education); July 24, 2020. See:



Cross References: *2224 Nondiscrimination/affirmative action

*6121 Nondiscrimination/affirmative action

*6122 Articulation

*6140 Curriculum adoption

*6142.1 Family life education

*6142.2 English as a second language; bilingual/bicultural

*6142.4 Physical education and health

*6142.6 Basic skills

*6142.9 Arts

*6142.12 Career education

*6146 Graduation requirements

*6147 Standards of proficiency

*6164.2 Guidance services

*6171.1 Remedial instruction

*6171.2 Gifted and talented

*6171.4 Special education

*9130 Committees

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

Was this article helpful to you? No Yes

How can we help?