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Independent Study

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AB 130 (July 2021) requires districts, for the 2021-22 school year, to offer independent study to meet the educational needs of students unless a waiver is obtained and to adopt a policy with specified components for independent study. 

Independent Study is for students enrolled in a CUESD Elementary or Middle school whose parent/guardian/caregiver voluntarily enrolls the child in, as their educational option or to accommodate travel plans or other situations requiring the student to be away from school.

Pursuant to law, students 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

Residency Requirements

A student participating in independent study must be a resident of the county or an adjacent county. Full-time 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)

What parents need to know

  • The minimum period of time for any independent study option is THREE (3) consecutive school days and the maximum is no more than one school year.
  • Parents must request a Student-Parent-Educator conference two weeks prior to the proposed Independent Study start date.  
    • Parents should contact their child's school office where the office staff will assist in scheduling a conference with the student, parent, administrator, and independent study teacher.
  • Parents must ensure that access to reliable internet is available.  
    • CUESD Hotspots will not function outside of the country.  Therefore, families traveling outside of the country need to ensure there will be reliable internet.  
  • 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.
  • Student assignments are due one week after being assigned for all grade levels and types of programs.
  • 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
  • If a student 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.
    • Students will be returned to their original classroom and teacher.

What if my student is quarantined

  • Students in self-contained classrooms that are quarantined, will be transitioned to independent study and taught by their existing teacher for the duration of the quarantined time.
  • Maywood/DaVinci students that are quarantined or who are identified as close contact and don't consent to be tested 2x will transition to IS and be taught by the Independent Study Teacher for the duration of their quarantine period.

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Specific Resources

In order to access 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)