Independent Study Contract Guidelines
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 and Independent Study Contract. The contract prevents your child from falling behind and gives 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.
- Parent must notify administration at least 10 school days prior to the absence.
- Students whose achievement level is below grade level standards may not be eligible. (There is evidence that the student will work independently to complete the program. )
- Students who have had an Independent Study Contract (ISC) in the past and did not successfully complete it, are not eligible for the new contract.
- Student must return to school before the last week of the school year and assignment turned in for grading.
- Contracts are issued for a minimum of 5 school days and a maximum of one semester.
- Contracts may not be faxed or mailed.
- 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).
- Student must turn in work before or on the agreed contract date.
Contracts must be approved by the teacher and the principal.