Independent Study Contract

Short Term Contract for Independent Study (ISC) Policy: District Procedure No. 4316 outlines the administrative procedures governing short-term ISC during the regular school year. The ISC allows students to complete academic requirements during a pre-approved short-term absence of no less than 5 days and no more than 14 days from the school. 

When a student misses school using ISC, those days are not counted as absent (it is important to know that when students are absent the District loses Average Daily Attendance funds) if the contract is completed. The ISC forms include two parts. The Master Agreement is the first part and incorporates language required by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the signatures required. The Assignment Contract for Master Agreement is the second part and contains additional language required by the CDE, space for the teacher’s assignments, and the teacher’s signature.  The following steps describe the standard operating procedure for handling ISC:

1. Contact the school office to receive an ISC, at least one week prior to absence

2. Parent will fill out and sign the contract

3. Teacher provides classroom work that will be missed

4. Student will turn in completed work to teacher upon their return

5. Teacher will review the work and mark as complete giving the student attendance credit or they will mark incomplete/not returned and attendance credit will not be given


*We understand that sometimes there are special circumstances where accommodations to this procedure are needed, the school will handle special requests on a case by case basis.

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