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James Dougherty

Elementary School

Home of the Dolphins



    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 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.


    1. Parent must notify administration at least 10 school days prior to the absence.

    2. 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.)

    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. Student work must be turned in before the last Wednesday of the school year.

    5. 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. 

    6. Contracts may not be faxed or emailed.

    7. 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).

    8. Student must turn in work before or on the agreed contract date. 


    Parents must meet with an Administrator before a contract will be approved. Contracts must be approved by the teacher and the principal.