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6173(R) Home or Out of School Instruction, Regulation




The Northfield Board of Education will provide instructional services to an enrolled general education student at the student’s home or other suitable out-of-school setting pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-10.2.

A. Conditions For Providing Instructional Services – N.J.A.C. 6A:16-10.2(a)

  1. The student is mandated by State law and rule for placement in an alternative education program for violations of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-5.5 and 5.6 but placement is not immediately available;
  2. The student is placed on short-term or long-term suspension from participation in the general education program pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2 and 7.3; or
  3. A court order requires the student receive instructional services in the home or other out-of-school setting.

B. Providing Services

  1. The school district shall provide services no later than five school days after the student has left the general education program.
  2. The school district in which the student resides shall be responsible for the costs of providing instruction in the home or out-of-school setting either directly or through contract with another Board of Education, Educational Services Commission, Jointure Commission or approved clinic or agency.

C. Standards For Home or Out-Of–School Instruction

1. The Coordinator of Special Services/LDT-C shall coordinate the development of an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) for delivery of instruction and maintain a record of delivery of instructional services and student progress.

a. For a student expected to be on home instruction for thirty calendar days or more, the IPP shall be developed within thirty calendar days after placement;

(1) For a student on short-term suspension from the general education program pursuant to

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2, development of an IPP is not required.

(2) For a student on long-term suspension from the general education program pursuant to

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.3, the IPP shall be developed within thirty days following a determination by the school district.

b. The IPP shall be based upon consultation with the student’s parents/guardians and a multidisciplinary team of professionals with appropriate instructional and educational services credentials to assess the educational, behavioral, emotional, social, and health needs of the student and recommend a program to address both educational and behavioral goals;

c. The IPP shall incorporate any prior findings and actions recommended through the school building system of Intervention and Referral Services, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8, Intervention and Referral Services;

File Code: 6173 HOME OR OUT-OF-SCHOOL INSTRUCTION (continued)

  1. The IPP shall recommend placement in an appropriate educational program, including supports for transition back to the general education setting; and
  2. The Coordinator of Special Services/LDT-C shall review the student’s progress, consult with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and coordinate the revision of the IPP no less than every sixty calendar days.

2. The teacher providing instruction shall be appropriately certified for the subject and grade level of the student pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9, Professional Licensure and Standards.

3. The teacher shall provide one-on-one instruction for no fewer than ten hours per week on three separate days of the week and no fewer than ten hours per week of additional guided learning experiences that may include the use of technology to provide audio and visual connections to the student’s classroom.

a. If home instruction is provided to students in a small group rather than through one-on-one instruction, direct instruction, that may include guided learning experiences, shall be provided for no fewer than twenty hours per week provided on no fewer than three separate days during the week and the student to teacher ratio shall not exceed 10:1.

4. The instruction shall meet the Core Curriculum Content Standards in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:8 and the district’s requirements for promotion and graduation.

5. If instruction is delivered in the student’s home, a parents/guardians or other adult twenty-one years of age or older who has been designated by the parents/guardians shall be present during all periods of home instruction.

6. Refusal or failure by a parents/guardians to participate in the development and revision of the student’s IPP as required or to be present in the home as required in 5. above may be deemed a violation of compulsory education laws, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25 through 31, and child neglect laws, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 9:6-1 et seq.

D. Record Keeping

1. The Coordinator of Special Services/LDT-C shall maintain a summary record concerning students receiving home or out-of-school instruction because they could not be placed in the setting recommended as most appropriate in the students’ IPPs.

  1. The summary record shall provide information concerning the number of students categorized by age, grade and gender, the number of weeks on home instruction before placement in the recommended setting, and the reasons for delay.
  2. The Superintendent of Schools shall provide the summary report annually to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools.

Adopted: October 20, 2008

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