Independent Study Program
The Independent Study Program (ISP) is an alternative to a regular classroom program of instruction when it appears to be in a student’s best interest (e.g., the student is traveling, has a long-term illness has a health risk from in-person instruction, or an emergency situation). For the 2021–22 school year only, all California school districts are required to notify parents/guardians (“parent”) of their options to enroll in either in-person instruction or independent study. Prior to enrollment, parents have the right to request a student-parent-educator conference or other school meeting during which the student, parent, and, if requested by the student or parent, an education advocate, may ask questions about the educational options, including which curriculum offerings and nonacademic supports will be available to the student in independent study, before making the decision about enrollment or disenrollment in the various options for learning. This conference may be held via telephone, videoconference, or in-person.
Each student participating in ISP must have a signed, written learning agreement on file with BCSD prior to beginning ISP. The learning agreement must be signed by the student, the student’s parent, the independent study teacher, and any others with direct responsibility for providing assistance to the student. Failure to abide by the conditions in the learning agreement may result in the student being returned to in-person instruction or having to enroll in a different ISP program. A student with a disability receiving special education services may participate in the ISP only through a recommendation by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team.
A student qualifying for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may participate in accordance with the student’s 504 plan.