AB130 & Independent Study
What is AB130?
- AB130 is new state legislation for Independent Study. It states that LEA's (Local Educational Agencies) must offer an independent study option to students and families whose health would be at-risk by in-person instruction;
- The option to select independent study is determined by parent/guardian;
- The LEA must provide opportunities for live interaction and synchronous instruction.
AB130 Independent Study - Parent/Guardian Notification
LEAs shall notify parents/guardians of:
- The options to enroll the child for in-person instruction or independent study;
- Their right to request a student-parent-educator conference meeting before enrolling or disenrolling a pupil from Independent Study;
- Students’ rights regarding procedures for enrolling, disenrolling, and re-enrolling in independent study;
- Synchronous and asynchronous instructional time that a student will have access to as part of independent study.
What is Independent Study?
- The Independent Study program is an alternative program to traditional classroom instruction.
- The Independent Study Program is not the same as the 2020-21 distance learning program.
- The Independent Study Program is primarily an asynchronous model which requires students to work independently, without a teacher for the majority of the day and through the support of a caregiver at home instead.
- Live interactions and synchronous learning will occur during short time blocks.
- Families are eligible to opt-in and opt-out of Independent Study at any point throughout the year. You can submit a meeting request for Independent Study enrollment by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
AB 130 EMCSD - Learning Agreements
- A Learning Master Agreement must be signed within 30 days from the start of pupil enrollment
- Must identify Independent Study as an optional educational alternative;
- Agreement will include the duration of the program
- How students will submit assignments, and how academic progress will be reported and communicated with the parent/guardian;
- Students will need to submit daily assignments to their independent studies teacher;
AB 130 Instructional Schedule Requirements
Daily Live and Synchronous Instruction:
- Daily synchronous instruction for students in grades TK-3
- Daily live interaction and synchronous instruction at least weekly for students in grades 4-8
- Asynchronous time - 3-5 hours with caregiver (depending on grade)
Instructional Minutes - Synchronous/Asynchronous
|Live Interaction/Synchronous Instruction
|Total Instructional Minutes
(1 hour 15 minutes)
(2 hours 10 min)
(2 hours 10 min)
(3 hours 15 min)
(2 hours 10 min)
(3 hours 32 min)
AB 130 Tiered Re-Engagement
If a student is not successful in the independent program, The independent study administrator and/or supervising teacher shall promptly address concerns if/or when the terms of the student's written agreement are not in order. The following will occur:
A letter to the student and/or parent/guardian
A meeting between the student and the teacher and/or counselor
A meeting between the student and the independent study administrator, including the parent/guardian if appropriate
An increase in the amount of time the student works under direct supervision
Procedures for tiered re-engagement strategies for all students who
- Are absent three school days or 60 percent of the instructional days in a school week;
- Are In violation of the students’ written agreement;
- Desire to return to in-person instruction from independent study.
Engagement Strategies include, but are not limited to:
- Verification of current information
- Notification to parents/guardians of lack of participation within one school day of absences or lack of participation
- An outreach plan to assess student needs
- Pupil-Parent-Educator conference
- A plan to transition students to in-person instruction when requested-- no more than 5 instructional days after requested by parent/guardian
AB 130 Considerations for Families
- Does my child demonstrate the motivation, commitment, organizational skills, and academic skills necessary to work independently?
- Was my child successful in distance learning in the 2020-21 school year?
- Is my child working at or above grade level?
- Am I or my child’s caregiver able to commit to supporting my child’s learning 3-5 hours daily?
- Would my child’s health be put at risk by in-person instruction?