Independent Study is a voluntary program in which students may be enrolled when it is necessary to be away from the classroom for a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 consecutive school days. There is strong research demonstrating absences of any kind from school negatively impact a child’s education, therefore it is strongly recommended to keep Independent Study contracts to a minimum for all students.
Parents wishing to enroll their children in the EUSD Independent Study program shall do so through the EUSD Master Agreement for Short Term Independent Study. The Master Agreement must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and Principal PRIOR to the first day of enrollment as an EUSD Short Term Independent Study student. Parents should be aware that Ginsburg, Jordan, and Chang (2017) concluded that students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, a result that holds true at every age, in every demographic group, and in every state and city tested.
Parents must notify the School Principal, Designee or Office Staff of the need for requesting a Master Agreement for Short Term Independent Study NO LESS THAN FIVE (5) BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the initiation (first day) of the Agreement. Independent Study Agreements are short term, meaning the length of the contract can be no less than 5 and no more than 10 consecutive school days. Assignments will be provided on the school day prior to the entry date noted on the Master Agreement. All assignments must be returned to school no later than the school day following the exit date noted on the Master Agreement in order for the student to receive attendance credit. All Short term Independent Study Agreements need to be completed prior to2 weeks from the last day of school, and no new Agreements will be started during the last 2 weeks of school.
Teachers will prepare specific assignments and expectations for student learning to be completed during the term of the Agreement. These learning expectations will be directly aligned with classroom instruction, to the extent possible. Since lesson plans are created for the classroom based on consistent classroom assessments, only short term (less than 10 school days) contracts are allowable for teachers to create effective instructional content for an IS. Classroom instruction is critical for student success and therefore, contracts cannot be longer than 10 school days.