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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 five (5) school days.
Long Term Independent Study
The HBCSD Independent Study Program is an optional alternative instructional strategy for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. Recently, Assembly Bill 130 passed, which has implications that affect how we are required to manage Independent Study for the 2021-2022 school year.  Detailed information regarding the independent study program is outlined below.