Needles Unified School District

Assembly Bill/Senate Bill 130 Signed into law July 1, 2021 Dictates How School Districts Provide Independent Study Programs for this School Year

The parent has the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference meeting prior to enrollment, pupil rights regarding procedures for enrolling, disenrolling, and re enrolling in Independent Study. The site administrator or designee will contact you to discuss the independent study contract and return to in-person procedures.

 

A student's participation in independent study shall be voluntary. Students participating in independent study will have the right, at any time, to enter or return to a regular classroom mode of instruction within the district.

 

Requirements for daily live and synchronous instruction are as follows:

 

Transitional Kindergarten to grade 3 — daily synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.

 

Grades 4 to 8 — both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.

 

Grades 9 to 12 — at least weekly synchronous instruction for all students throughout the school year.

 

“Live interaction” means interaction between the student and local educational agency classified or certificated staff and may include peers, provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. This interaction may take place in person or in the form of internet or telephonic communication.

 

“Synchronous instruction” means classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher of record for that student.

 

Those interested in participating in an Independent Study Program should contact their assigned school for more information.