The District will offer an independent study virtual learning option for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.
During the 2020-2021 school year, an Executive Order issued by the Governor allowed school districts to offer virtual learning. That Executive Order expired on June 30, 2021. On July 9, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 130, which requires districts to inform families of their right to enroll their child in an Independent Study program as an alternative to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.
Whittier City School District will provide an optional Independent Study program for families who are interested for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Independent Study program will provide:
• Daily synchronous instruction for students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.
All mandated state assessments and school-assigned assessments are a required part of the program. Social and academic support is available
Parents choosing the Independent Study program have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment to review the enrollment process, academic program delivery, specific academic expectations, student support, as well as the withdrawal process.
Please understand that failure to meet the requirements of the Independent Study program will result in the student’s reassignment to in-person instruction in the Whittier City School District. If a seat is not available at the student’s home school, the student will be transferred to another school within the district.
- This program is different from the distance learning students experienced last school year.
- Students will not be included as part of a class at their school.
- Independent study will include 45 minutes of daily live instruction on Zoom.
- Daily work must equal a full instructional day.
- Parents or caretakers have a significant role in daily instruction.
- All work must be turned in within 7 days to earn credit.
- If a student is not thriving in independent study, staff will proceed with reengagement strategies, including offering in-person instruction.
- Families may return to in-person instruction, however, school availability cannot be guaranteed.
- Meals are provided free of charge via a weekly grab n go.
A student with disabilities, as defined in Education Code 56026, shall not participate in independent study unless the student’s individualized education program specifically provides for such participation.