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SDUHSD offers some curricular programs via Independent Study to provide alternate means for eligible students to access courses and fulfill requirements in compliance with California Independent Study provisions. The Governing Board authorizes independent study as an optional alternative instructional strategy for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting.
The Superintendent or designee may provide a variety of independent study opportunities, including, but not limited to, through a program or class within a comprehensive school, an alternative school or program of choice, a charter school, and an online course. Student participation in independent study shall be voluntary.  (Education Code 51747, 51749.5, 51749.6)
For the 2022-23 school year and thereafter, the Superintendent or designee may offer and approve independent study for an individual student upon determining that the student is prepared to meet the district's requirements for independent study and is likely to succeed in independent study as well as or better than the student would in the regular classroom setting. The minimum instructional minutes for students participating in independent study shall be the same as required for their peers at the school who are receiving in-person instruction, except as otherwise permitted by law.  (Education Code 46100)
Independent study for each student shall be under the general supervision of a district employee who possesses a valid certification document pursuant to Education Code 44865 or an emergency credential pursuant to Education Code 44300. Students' independent study shall be coordinated, evaluated, and documented, as prescribed by law. (Education Code 51747.5)
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