Notice of Educational Options for 2021-2022 School Year
Parent/Guardian Notification Letter
We are excited that McCabe Union Elementary School District will open with full-day, in-person learning for all grades on Monday, August 23rd. We will continue to follow CDPH K-12-Guidance-2021-2022 and implement layered protection strategies in order to maintain safe learning environments for students and staff.
The State of California has recently announced specific guidance for independent study in the 2021-2022 school year detailed below. If you are not interested in the remote independent study program and are planning to have your child(ren) return for in-person instruction, you may disregard the rest of this communication and there is no action that you need to take. However, those interested in the independent study will need to take action quickly and should continue to read this entire message.
AB/SB 130 Independent Study General Information
Earlier this month, Assembly and Senate Bill (AB/SB) 130 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, defining changes to independent study requirements for all school districts for the upcoming school year. The purpose of the Independent Studies Program is to provide an option for medically fragile students who may be adversely affected by attending in-person school. Under AB/SB 130, all families will have the option to choose an independent study option for their child(ren). Students with IEPs must have Independent Study included in their IEP to be enrolled in the remote independent study program.
The law allows the district to provide Independent Study in any of three ways: by contracting with another school district, the County Office of Education, or by the district itself. The I.S. program is required to meet all of the legal requirements for educational progress, grade-level standards, synchronous instruction, student engagement, and transitioning back to in-person instruction within 5 days if the parent/guardian determines that the health risk is no longer an issue.
This new law has created a very tight timeline for planning. However, we are able to share the following information with you in advance of our Zoom meeting:
- The Independent Study Program is NOT the same as distance learning as we’ve known during the pandemic.
- A student who participates in McCabe’s Independent Study Program will primarily receive instruction from the parent/guardian and work independently through assignments, following lesson plans and utilizing district materials assigned by an Independent Study teacher.
- Students in Independent Study will be required to follow the same curriculum standards, as well as expectations for work completion and expected academic progress, as our in-person instructional program.
- The Independent Study teacher will develop and supervise the student’s learning plan, evaluate the student’s work and learning progress, provide the opportunity to engage in synchronous instruction, and monitor engagement and participation in the program.
- Parent/Guardian will be required to support their student in attending synchronous learning sessions and submitting all completed assignments by the expected deadlines.
- Students will be required to submit the assigned work at least weekly via the online platform.
- Additional synchronous instructional sessions or parent meetings may be required based on the student’s learning needs and progress on academic goals.
- Instructional sessions may be organized in a multi-grade format.
- Instructional material and assignments will be conducted and submitted through online platforms. Textbooks, instructional materials, and a MUESD technology device will be issued. The parent/guardian will be held responsible for all district issued materials.
- Independent Study Program students will not be considered part of an in-person school program or school community, but instead will receive access to resources directly through the Independent Study Program.
- Students will receive a report card equivalent to the in-person instruction program.
- A written learning agreement will be completed and signed prior to beginning the program. Continued participation in the Independent Study program is dependent on maintaining adequate participation and learning progress.
- As per AB130, students who fail to maintain either adequate participation or learning progress will be disenrolled from the Independent Study Program.
- "Synchronous instruction" means classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet (Zoom) or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. Synchronous instruction will be provided by the teacher of record for that student.
- "Live interaction" means interaction between the student and school staff, and may include peers. It is provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness, including but not limited to: wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services and instruction. This interaction may take place in person or in the form of internet (Zoom) or telephonic communication.
- “Asynchronous instruction" means work that the student does on their own, either on paper, or using other physical items, or on electronic devices.
- 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.