ERESC Home Instruction Program

The Home instruction program has provided quality services to students and school districts throughout the State of New Jersey for over 38 years. 

 

The program provides one-to-one individualized home or bedside instruction services in lieu of the regular classroom instruction to general education and/or classified students who are enrolled full time in school.  Certified teachers are assigned to students based on their academic needs.  In accordance with N.J.A.C. 6:16-10.1, instructional services take place in the home or place of confinement with a parent/guardian always present. 

 

The Home Instruction Coordinator works closely with district personnel to ensure that students in the public, charter, or nonpublic schools are receiving instruction in an effective and efficient manner. 

The ERESC makes every effort to exceed the student’s educational needs for re-entry into the school environment.

Our elementary and secondary teachers only qualify to deliver instructional services when they have:

  • A New Jersey Standard Certificate

  • Certification in each subject area

  • Clearance from the ERESC Human Resources Department

  • ERESC Board Approval 

 

The requirements for Home Instruction services are:

  • Student must be out of school for more than ten (10) consecutive days or twenty (20) cumulative days during the school year

  • Public or Nonpublic Special Education students ages 3 through 21

  • Public or Nonpublic general education students in Kindergarten through grade 12

Public or Charter Schools:

  • Classified students

    • completed referral form from the students’ school district, accompanied by the student’s current IEP

  • General education students

    • completed referral from the student’s school district containing the following information:

      • start date

      • termination date

      • list of subjects

      • number of hours of instruction to be provided weekly per subject

 

Nonpublic Schools:

  • Classified students

    • physician’s note indicating diagnosis and length of time out of school

    • completed and signed 407-1 form

    • list of subjects provided from the school along with the child’s current ISP

  • General education students

    • physician’s note indicating diagnosis and length of time out of school

    • completed and signed 407-1 form

    • list of subjects provided from the school

Process for Public and Charter Schools

A Home/Bedside Instruction Form is completed by the school district and forwarded to the ERESC Home Instruction Coordinator with the district’s referral form, a parental letter of request and a physician’s letter is attached, if illness or injury are the cause for the services.

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Services begin 5 days after the receipt of the appropriate documentation. An instructional plan, final grades or promotion are determined according to the state and school standards with the input of the school counselor. The student receives an appropriate program based on that data and information stated in their IEP, if applicable.

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The ERESC Home Instruction Coordinator also communicates with the school guidance counselor for details regarding instructional needs. Student textbooks and materials are provided by the respective school. Completed assignments are forwarded by the parent to the school counselor. If confinement is more than 60 days at home or in a hospital, the student is referred to the district school’s Child Study Team.

Process for  Nonpublic Schools  (Chapter 192/193)

A New Jersey State Department Nonpublic School Pupil Application (Original 407-1) must be completed indicating a check mark next to Home/bedside instruction and signed by a parent or guardian. A medical statement from a licensed physician indicating diagnosis, absenteeism, timeframe and recommendation for the instruction, must be attached. The original 407-1 form and attachments MUST be submitted IMMEDIATELY to the ERESC Home Instruction Office.

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To qualify, a student must be absent for 10 consecutive days or 20 cumulative schools days due to illness or injury. If confinement at home or in a hospital is more than 60 days, the student must be referred to the school’s Child Study Team. If the Child Study Team does not specify the need for continued home instruction, a physician’s letter must document the continued need. If a student is already classified, a Service Plan must accompany the original 407-1 form upon submission.

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In all assignments, parents receive written confirmation and communication regarding the teacher assignment, days and time for instruction. As a team, the school counselor, district personnel, ERESC teacher and ERESC Coordinator all work to ensure quality services and consistent communication.

Tracy Stewart

Coordinator of Schools & Programs

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t.stewart@eresc.com

Iris Butler

Quality Control Assistant

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i.butler@eresc.com

Isaiah Davis

Client Care Center Representative

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i.davis@eresc.com

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