Course Based Independent Study
For the 2021-2022 school year, the California Legislature required school districts to offer an independent study option for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
On July 9, 2021, all EUSD families were sent a communication notifying them of a EUSD Course-Based Independent Study option. Also within that communication EUSD families were notified that our district was partnering with ‘Edgenuity’ as its course-based independent student vendor.
That communication also explained the following:
Independent Study Students in grades TK-3 will be provided synchronous (two-way communication) instruction for up to 30 minutes per day with a certificated independent study teacher.
Independent Study Students in grades 4-8 will be provided synchronous (two-way communication) instruction up to 30 minutes weekly. Also, students in grades 4-8 will be provided daily live interaction which may take place in-person or in the form of internet or telephone communication.
Daily asynchronous (independent) instruction will be from 4-5 hours daily and equal the amount of daily instructional time within the In-Person pathway at school. When an independent study student needs assistance during asynchronous instruction, that assistance can be provided by their parent or certificated teachers employed by our independent study vendor.
Program transitions back into the in-person pathway may occur following a student-parent-educator conference.
Independent Study Students will be provided with a device and hotspot as needed to access the online independent study curriculum.
Independent Study Students will need an adult in their home throughout their instructional day to help guide and assist them with this Independent Study Program.
Once a parent/guardian has decided to pursue the EUSD course-based independent study program you can begin the enrollment process by contacting the principal at your home school. Following that contact, the principal will set up a parent conference to explain the independent study program, complete an independent study master agreement, introduce you to independent study parent orientation materials, and loan you a laptop device and hot-spot if needed. Once that process has been completed an EUSD independent study support teacher will contact the parent/guardian to introduce themselves and inform you of asynchronous instruction schedule (daily K-3; weekly 4-8)
If there comes a time where a parent/guardian would like their student to return to in-person learning, please contact your home school principal to schedule a parent conference. Once that contact is received the school will contact you within 5 business days with a date your student may return to in-person instruction.
FAQs Independent Study Option for 2021-2022
Does Edgenuity offer courses and/or does the curriculum align with the CA state standards?
Yes, Edgenuity is an accredited program and is aligned with the California State Standards.
Who will be my child’s teacher?
The teacher of record will be provided by Edgenuity, and each EUSD independent study student will have and EUSD support teacher. Both Edgenuity and EUSD independent study teachers possess a California Teaching Credential.
If we don’t like the independent study program, can our child come back to in person learning at the school?
Yes, your child may return to in person learning at a school site within 5 days AFTER notifying the school that they intend to return.
How will I know when/how will my child be able to get questions answered while using Edgenuity courses?
A parent orientation webinar was provided by Edgenuity staff on July 21, 2021, however there are similar ‘on-demand’ webinars available on the Edgenuity website.
What do I have to do to enroll in the Independent Study option?
Once you have determined that you would like to pursue Independent Study, you can begin the enrollment process by contacting the principal at your student’s home school. Following that contact, the principal will set up a parent conference to explain the independent study program, complete an independent study master agreement, introduce you to independent study parent orientation materials, and loan you a laptop device and hot-spot if needed. Once that process has been completed an EUSD independent study support teacher will contact the parent/guardian to introduce themselves and inform you of a synchronous instruction schedule (daily K-3; weekly 4-8)
Does Edgenuity provide support materials, a device and/or hotspot for students?
All curriculum will be provided by Edgenuity. EUSD will provide a laptop device and/or hot spot for any student that needs access to the program.
What classes will my child receive?
All students in grades K-8 will be enrolled in English, Math, Science, History, P.E. and an elective.
Will EUSD or Edgenuity provide me with progress reports or a report card?
Parents will be able to monitor their child’s attendance, progress and grades through the Edgenuity program. The EUSD independent study support teacher will monitor attendance and enter grades into our Student Information System, Aeries, so that if a student transfers back to in person learning, their attendance and grades will be on record.
Will my child have to take the SBAC (State Testing)?
Yes. Students on IS will need to complete state testing (SBAC). EUSD will offer all testing options the state determines is acceptable. State testing will be in April and May 2022.
My student receives Special Education services, is he/she allowed to be on Independent Study?
Following an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting with district staff, Special Education Students may have access to the EUSD course-based independent study program.