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Dear Parents/Guardians of BUSD Students,

We are so excited to welcome you and your child back to in-person learning this fall.  We recognize that this past year and a half has been difficult for everyone, and we are committed to providing a robust program for all students to support their academic, social-emotional and physical well-being.

Pursuant to Education Code 51745, as amended by Assembly Bill 130 for the 2021-2022, we are offering an independent study option for students whose health would be put at risk by attending in-person instruction. Enrollment in the independent study course is an optional educational alternative in which no student is required to participate. All independent study instruction will be delivered virtually. Please see details of the independent study option below:

Kindergarten-3rd Grades:

  • Students will have synchronous instruction with a credentialed teacher Monday-Friday for 90-minutes per day.
  • Students will complete their independent work using a standards-based online program called, Edgenuity. Students must plan on working during school hours on independent work each day. 
  • Assignments must be completed and turned in by the due date provided by the teacher, but no more than one week after they are assigned.

4th-8th Grades:

  • Students will have synchronous instruction with a credentialed teacher for 60-minutes per week.
  • Students will have daily “check-ins” with school staff.
  • Students will complete their independent work using a standards-based online program called, Edgenuity. Students must plan on working during school hours on independent work each day. 
  • Assignments must be completed and turned in no more than one week after they are assigned. 

9th-12th Grades: 

  • Students will have synchronous instruction with a credentialed teacher for 60-minutes per week.
  • Students will complete their independent work using a standards-based online program called, Edgenuity. Students must plan on working during school hours on independent work each day. 
  • Assignments must be completed and turned in no more than one week after they are assigned. 

Enrolling in Independent Study

  • Parents/Guardians who wish to enroll their child into the Independent Study program for 15 or more days must go to the District Website under the Student Services page and complete the Independent Study Request Form.  This must be done even if you indicated in the recent survey that you were interested in independent study. 
  • The form must be sent to Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal, at Independentstudyrequest@beniciaunified.org
  • Once the form is received, parents/guardians will be contacted by Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal, to arrange a student-parent-educator conference. 

Disenrolling in Independent Study

  • Parents/Guardians who wish to disenroll their child from the Independent Study program must do so in writing to Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal.  She can be contacted at independentstudyrequest@beniciaunified.org.  Students will be placed in an in-person classroom within the District within 5 school days. 
  • Once the request to disenroll is received, parents/guardians will be contacted by Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal, to arrange a student-parent-educator conference. 

Re-enrolling in Independent Study

  • Parents/Guardians who wish to re-enroll their child into the Independent Study program must go to the District Website under the Student Services page and complete the Independent Study Request Form.  
  • The form must be sent to Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal, at independentstudyrequest@beniciaunified.org.
  • Once the form is received, parents/guardians will be contacted by Mrs. Kim Lewis, Independent Study Principal, to arrange a student-parent-educator conference. 

Progress Monitoring 

Students are expected to complete all work on time. Work will be evaluated by the teacher of record. If a student does not complete work or the work is not to the level of satisfactory educational progress an evaluation of whether the student should be allowed to continue independent study will be conducted. 

Students in Special Education or on a 504 Plan

Independent study is not an option for students in special education unless it is written in the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan per Education Code 56026 and 51745. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.  

Sincerely,
Leslie Beatson
Assistant Superintendent, Education Services