FAQ: Independent Study & In-Person Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year

Independent Study and In-Person Learning Frequently Asked Questions

*This only applies to the 2021-2022 School Year. If you have not already made a selection for which program you would like your student to participate in, the default program is in-person. If you would like to enroll your student in Independent Study, please call your school site.

  1. Will students attend school everyday?

Yes, we intend to have a full school schedule with our usual school day length with a slightly shorter, early-release on Wednesdays as we had in 2019/2020. Some school start times may adjust slightly so watch for the summer mailings.

  1. Will students be required to wear masks?

At this moment, there is still a requirement for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks in schools. We are working with our county and other elected officials to get clear guidelines for the start of the 2021/2022 school year. We will communicate any update we receive.

  1. If I choose Independent Study, how often and in what manner will my child interact with a teacher?

The guidelines for Independent Study require that a Master Agreement be signed by the parent/ guardian and teacher to determine the frequency and manner of interactions, method of instruction, and other information. Our practice has been to meet with students weekly in person and more frequently if needed. We are watching several new bills in the state legislature that all propose to change those guidelines.

  1. Which school will I be enrolled in for independent study?

We intend to offer an independent study program connected to every district school site as long as there is a need and sufficient interest. Meetings will take place on campus or virtually (if allowed by law and policy) that way, students will remain connected to their school of residence for other events.

  1. What if I want to change back to an in-person environment?

We will be making program changes at each grading period to allow for consistency and proper planning. That is at the trimester at the TK-8th grade level and at semester for high school students.