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Independent Study

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Independent Study both short-term and Long-Term are now offered at Corning Elementary. AB 130, AB 167 (Amendment), and Board Policy 6158 provide the parameters that school districts are required to follow for their Independent Study Programs. 

BP 6158

AR 6158

What parents need to know prior to requesting Independent Study:

  • All requests for Independent Study must be made at least 2-weeks in advance
  • All Independent Study days are cumulative (which includes any quarantines (September 2 – current)
  • Both Short-Term and Long-Term Independent Study require signed Master Agreements from Parents and Students prior to the starting of the IS program
  • Independent Study is a minimum of three days and can span an entire school year

Short Term Independent Study

  • Short-Term Independent Study must be requested through the school office at least two weeks in advance of the proposed start date
  • Short-Term Independent Study cannot exceed 14 days (for the entire year which includes any quarantine days) and instruction provided as packet work or Google classroom by a student’s existing teacher.
  • If a Short-Term Independent Study request will exceed 14 days, the request will be processed as a Long-Term Independent Study request (see requirements below).
  • Short Term Independent Study Homework Assignments are due the day the student returns to In-Person learning.  Any incomplete or missing assignments will result in unexcused absences.

Long-Term Independent Study

  • Long-Term Independent Study is for students who are looking for an alternative educational program or for those students’ unavoidable absence will take them out of school for more than 14 days.
  • Long-Term Independent Study requests must be requested through the school office at least two weeks in advance and require a conference between the parents, student, administrator, and Independent Study teacher prior to proceeding.
  • Long-term Independent Study includes daily and/or weekly live instruction; synchronous and asynchronous instruction by the Independent Study teacher.
  • Long-Term Independent Study requires a student to have reliable Internet access (daily) and use of a Chromebook
  • If a student on Long-Term Independent Study does not participate in the independent study on a school day, the student shall be documented as non-participatory for that school day. EC 51747.5
  • If a student on Long-Term Independent Study fails to complete three independent study assignments and or if a student is not generating attendance for more than three school days or 60 percent of the instructional days per week, the Independent Study teacher will initiate tiered re-engagement strategies which could result in a return to in-person instruction.
  • Students participating in independent study instruction for more than 15 days, can return to in-person learning within five days of receipt of a request by parent/guardian/caregiver.

Other Information to be noted:

  • Independent Study requests will be denied if a student did not comply with past independent study contracts.
  • CUESD Hotspots will not function outside of the country.  Therefore, families traveling outside of the country need to ensure there will be reliable internet.  If the internet is not available and the time out of school is more than 14 days, the request for Independent Study will be denied and the absences will be unexcused and may result in truancy or the student being dropped from enrollment.
  • A student participating in the independent study must be a resident of the county or an adjacent county. 
  • Long-term independent study shall not be available to students whose district residency status is based on their parent/guardian's employment within district boundaries pursuant to Education Code 48204. (Education Code 46300.2, 51747.3)
  • Students who choose to engage in independent study are to have equality of rights and privileges with the same access to existing services and resources as students in the regular school program.

Pursuant to law, students enrolled in Long-Term Independent Study will engage in both live interaction and synchronous learning while receiving instruction through independent study according to the following guidelines:

  • TK - 3rd-grade students:  daily synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.
  • 4th-8th-grade students: daily live interaction and weekly synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.

Live interaction

Defined as the interaction between the student and district staff, classified or certificated, and may even include peers and is intended to support school connectedness. This could occur in person, via email, an online platform or via telephone.

Synchronous instruction

Defined as classroom-style instruction, small-group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person or online or on the phone, and involves LIVE two-way communication between the student and the teacher.  The district’s plan provides opportunities for synchronous instruction, which varies by grade level.

AB 130 requires documentation of live interaction and synchronous instruction for each school day. If a student does not participate in independent study on a school day, the student shall be documented as non-participatory for that school day. EC 51747.5

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Specific Resources

In order to access the curriculum and complete required assignments via Independent Study, the student will be provided:

  • Chromebook
  • Hotspot (if reliable internet is unavailable)
  • Online Access to Educational Platforms
  • Google Classroom
  • iReady
  • Benchmark Advance
  • StudySync
  • CPM
  • Math Expressions
  • Accelerated Reader
    • Selected curriculum (e.g., readings, books) that will be provided by the teacher

Evaluation and Review of student's progress

A student’s progress in independent study is determined through evaluation and review of data based on the following indicators:

  1. The student’s achievement and engagement in the independent study program, as indicated by the student’s performance on applicable measures of student achievement and student engagement as those terms are defined in Education Code section 52060(d)(4) and (5).
  2. Completion of assignments, assessments, or other indicators that evidence the student is working on assignments.
  3. Learning required concepts, as determined by the supervising teacher.
  4. Progressing toward successful completion of the course of study or individual course, as determined by the supervising teacher.

Students with Disabilities Information

For a student with disabilities, as defined in Education Code 56026, participation in an independent study program shall be approved only if his/her individualized education program specifically provides for such participation. (Education Code 51745)