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AB 130: Independent Study

For the 2021-2022 school year, HBCSD is required to offer an independent study option to students and 
families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
 
Parent Program Notification
All HBCSD families were provided the opportunity to express their interest in the independent study program via an interest form that was sent home on July 27, 2021.  Any family that expressed interest in the independent study program was contacted and received further information regarding the program on August 13, 2021.  A parent information night was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 5:00pm.  A letter and a link to independent study commitment form was sent home to all parents who inquired about the program on August 18, 2021.
 
HBCSD has partnered with Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) to provide long term independent study to our students.  Families will be need to be released from the HBCSD and be accepted on an inter-district permit to attend Independent Study through the LESD.
 
Instructional Time
The goal of our Independent Study program is to provide an alternative to in-person instruction to students whose health may be put at risk by attending class face-to-face. As such, Independent Study is an educational program that provides instruction based on the state-adopted content standards by certificated teachers. There are specific requirements for instructional time that may include both synchronous and asynchronous work. These expectations will also be outlined in the students' written Learning Agreement, which must be signed within 30 days of enrollment.
 
Transitional Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Students
  • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student's instructional time will consist of "Asynchronous Instruction" which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
  • Synchronous Instruction: daily instruction that involves classroom-style, small group, or individual instruction involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery will be outlined in the written master agreement as determined by the district.
  • Parents or other adult are expected to serve as independent learning coach in their home throughout the instructional day to help guide and assist students with the Independent Study program.
 
4th Through 8th Grade Students
  • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student's instructional time will consist of "Asynchronous Instruction" which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
  • Synchronous Instruction: At least weekly synchronous instruction that involves classroom-style, small group, or individual instruction involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson will be outlined in the written master agreement as determined by the district.
  • Daily Live interaction: A certified teacher will interact with the student daily for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. The number of minutes and form of communication will be outlined in the written master agreement as determined by the district.
  • Parents or other adult are expected to serve as independent learning coach in their home throughout the instructional day to help guide and assist students with the Independent Study program.
 
Additional Information
Students who have an interest in the Independent Stud Program who are currently eligible for Special Education and Related Services through an IEP, must have an IEP meeting to discuss a possible programmatic change PRIOR to enrollment in independent study. To schedule a meeting, please contact your child's case manager to schedule a meeting.
 
Similarly, students on a 504 plan who have an interest in the Independent Study Virtual Learning Program, must have a 504 meeting to discuss a possible programmatic change PRIOR to enrollment. To schedule a meeting, please contact your school's 504 Coordinator.
 
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