Parent Notification Independent Study

July 9th, 2021

 Good Morning Empire Union School District Families,

 As the Empire Union School District continues it’s planning for the 2021-22 school year, we would like to remind you that school will start on August 9, 2021 with in-person learning full days, 5 days per week.  Our before and after school Latchkey program and our afterschool ASES program will be fully functioning Monday thru Friday.

 In addition we will be offering a Distance Learning Pathway, consisting of Independent Study for the 2021-2022 school year.  We have secured and contracted the services of an Independent Study vendor to provide this program.

 EUSD’s Independent Study Program for 2021-2022 will include the following:

  • Independent Study Students commit to the Independent Study Program for a full Semester (August 9 - December 17 and/or January 5 – May 27).

  • Independent Study Students in grades TK-3 will be provided synchronous (two-way communication) instruction 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 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.

 Moving Forward: 

 Independent Study

Those EUSD parents that voiced their desire, this past spring, to remain on a distance learning – independent study pathway for the first semester of the 2021-2022 will be contacted by their school’s principal during the week of July 12, 2021.  Principals will be confirming your choice and provide you information regarding a mandatory ‘parent orientation’ prior to your student being enrolled within the independent study program.  Any parent whose student finished the 2020-2021 school year on the In-Person Learning pathway and now chooses to have their student enrolled into the Independent Study Pathway can contact the EUSD District Office.