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In-person School Opens August 12th

Orchard Elementary Opens with In-person Learning, August 12th. New Independent Study Option Announced.

Orchard Elementary Opens with In-person Learning, August 12th. New Independent Study Option Announced.

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Independent Study Program
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
We are excited that Orchard School District will open with full-day in-person instruction on August 12th.  We are strictly following all required public health protocols in order to maintain a safe environment for learning. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, we are required to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.

State and federal laws require us to inform you of your option to enroll your student in an Independent Study program instead of in-person instruction. From these options, you may choose the one that best suits your child. This letter also explains:
  • Your right to request a parent-teacher conference prior to enrollment to inform your decision.
  • The process and your students’ rights regarding procedures for enrolling, disenrolling, and re-enrolling in independent study.
  • The asynchronous and synchronous instructional time that your student will have access to as part of independent study.

Requesting a Parent-Teacher Conference

It is your right to request a parent-teacher conference to discuss enrollment in independent study in order to inform your decision and ensure that it is appropriate for your student.  Email the school counselor, Ms. Cassie Nelson, to request a parent-teacher conference. 

Enrolling, Disenrolling & Re-Enrolling

Once you have determined that you would like to pursue Independent Study, you can begin the enrollment process.  To enroll in Independent Study, visit our District website and select Independent Study, this will lead you to a form that you will need to complete and submit.  The district will send you relevant information regarding the process for independent study.
If you are enrolled in Independent Study and would like to return to in-person instruction, you must follow the procedure for disenrolling.  In order to return to in-person learning, please email our school Principal, Ms. Marie Roberts.
Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall not participate in independent study unless the student's IEP specifically provides for such participation (Education Code 51745).
Once disenrolled, should you need to return to Independent Study you are required to adhere to the re-enrollment process.  The re-enrollment process will require a family to resubmit an Independent Study form which is available on the district website.
Instructional Time
The goal of our Independent Study program is to provide an alternative to in-person instruction to students whose health may be put at risk by attending class face-to-face.  As such, Independent Study is an educational program that provides instruction based on the state-adopted content standards by certificated teachers. There are specific requirements for instructional time that may include both synchronous and asynchronous work. These expectations will also be outlined in the students’ written Learning Agreement, which must be signed prior to enrollment.
Instructional Time Description
Synchronous Instructional Time Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student.  Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher(s) of record for that student.
Live Interaction Interaction between the student and school classified or certificated staff, and may include peers, 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 or telephonic communication.
Asynchronous Instructional Time Forms of instruction that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that are not being delivered in person or in real-time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.
Jeff Bowman, Ed.D