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OFFICE OF SPECIAL SERVICES
355 STATE STREET
Hackensack, NJ 07601
In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A, the purpose of home instruction is to provide students the opportunity to continue their academic studies at times when circumstances prevent them from participating in the traditional school setting. The Hackensack Public School District provides instructional services to general and special education students.
Home instruction is a temporary service available to registered general or special education students in the Hackensack School District. Its sole purpose is to provide instructional services to students who are unable to attend school because of illness, injury, disability, administrative decision or court mandates.
Please contact your child’s school nurse when your child is experiencing a health condition that may result in a prolonged absence from school if the student needs to be confined to the home or another out-of- school setting due to a temporary or chronic health condition or a need for treatment that precludes participation in their usual education setting, whether general or special education. It is important that the nurse is aware of your child’s on-going health needs; she will be able to assist you regarding the provision of services during your child’s long-term (more than 10 consecutive days) absence.
A parent’s request for home instruction due to a health condition must include a written determination from the student’s physician documenting the projected need for confinement at the student’s residence or other treatment setting for more than ten consecutive school days or twenty cumulative school days during the school year. The written determination from your child’s physician will be forwarded to the school physician, who shall either verify the need for home instruction or provide reasons for denial. Home instruction, if verified, will be provided within 5 days of the physician’s approval.
If home instruction is warranted, a certified teacher/s will be assigned to deliver the instruction for the number of hours and length of time sufficient to continue your child’s progress and dependent upon your child’s ability to participate. An adult must be present during the delivery of instruction in the home.