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    It is imperative that your student attends school daily. Lost classroom time is difficult to replace. However, if you find that you need an extended absence during the school year, you will need to request an Independent Study Contract. The contract may prevent your child from falling behind and give him or her attendance credit. If work is not received by the scheduled deadline, the contract will be considered incomplete and voided. The student will not receive attendance credit. Below are the guidelines and policy for requesting an Independent Study Contract.


    1. Parent must notify administration at least 10 school days prior to planned absence (School days are defined as days students are in class).

    2. Students whose achievement level is below grade level standards may not be eligible.  (There must be evidence that the student will work independently to complete the program.)

    3. Students who have had an Independent Study Contract (ISC) in the past and did not successfully complete it, are not eligible for a new contract.

    4. Contracts are issued for a minimum of 5 school days and a maximum of 20 days. On the 21st day, your child will be dropped. 

    5. Contracts may not be faxed or emailed.

    6. A student with disabilities, as defined in Ed Code 56026, is not eligible for Independent Study unless his/her individualized education program specifically provides for such participation (Ed Code, 51745).

    7. Student must turn in work before or on the agreed contract date for absences to be cleared and to avoid truancy procedures.

    If the contract goes through the last day of school, work must be turned in no later than  4:00pm Friday prior to the last day of  school. The school will not accept faxes. Pre-arranged emails must be in the contract. If you mail your work in, (UPS / Fed EX) please make sure you have a tracking number. It is the responsibility of the parent / student to make arrangements to get the work turned into the office on time.
    8. Students may receive an incomplete on the report card, due to incomplete class participation.
    Contracts must be approved by the teacher and the principal. The request form may be obtained in the school office and turned in at least 10 school days prior to departure. Please do not purchase plane tickets before this approval. You will hear of the school decision no later than two days from the date of request. Only one Independent Study per school year will be approved by the principal. 
    Any work not completed per contract agreement will result in unexcused absences and lowering of grades.