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Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study Contract
While students are highly discouraged from missing school for reasons other than illness, family emergencies or special events sometimes necessitate travel out of the area. In order to avoid penalties for missing class for these reasons, students must contract to do work during the period of the absence. Independent Study Contracts must meet strict California State guidelines in order to result in excused absences.

A short-term Independent Study contract is a voluntary alternative to a regular classroom program of instruction when a student is absent from school for not less than three (3) school days.
Schools are not obligated to provide students with an Independent Study contract. The availability of an Independent Study contract must be agreed upon by mutual consent of the principal, teacher, parent/guardian, and student. Students should only be placed on Independent Study if the student can successfully accomplish their academics. 
Parents must apply for an short term independent study contract at the school attendance office at least 5 school days prior to the first day of the absence (in the event of an emergency, contact the principal). The site principal must approve all independent study contracts.
A written Independent Study contract must be completed, signed and dated for each participating student prior to the starting date of the Independent Study. 
Each student's Independent Study contract shall be coordinated, evaluated and carried out under the general supervision of a certificated teacher.
All assigned work is due on the day upon which the student is scheduled to return to the classroom and shall be graded by appropriately credentialed teachers.  
To view the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation for Independent Study, please click the links below: