Curriculum & Instruction
Independent Study 2021-2022 ONLY
While we are excited to welcome our students back for full-time in-person learning for the 2021-2022 School Year, Rosemead School District will also offer an alternate option for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian during the 2021-22 school year only.
The Independent Study Program is NOT the same as distance learning as we’ve known during the pandemic. In the Independent Study Program, students will complete the work on their own, at home, based on a standards-aligned online curriculum. Student attendance will be monitored through virtual check-ins and completion of independent work. The Independent Study teacher is available for individual support, as needed.
In order to participate in the independent study program, students must be able to manage their work at home independently or have a family member who is able to assist in accessing learning. Content for the program will be provided by the online educational platform or our district core curricular programs and will be aligned to California standards.
To learn more about RSD’s Independent Study Program, parents/guardians should view this recorded presentation link here.
The Independent Study Program is a voluntary option and is offered to students upon request of a parent or guardian based on eligibility criteria. If you are interested in our Independent Study Program, please fill out the Interest Form found here.
Parent Informational Meetings
We hosted a parent informational meeting on Friday, August 6 at 11 am.
Please click on the link below to view:
Zoom Meeting Recording: https://bit.ly/3lCw5zt
We hosted an Independent Study Program Review Meeting with Parents on August 19 at 1:00 p.m.
August 19 Parent Meeting Presentation: https://bit.ly/3gTtiic
Please complete this interest form if you are interested in enrolling your child in the Independent Study Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Once you’ve submitted the Interest Form, our team will reach out to you for next steps. Please note that submitting this form does not automatically qualify your child for the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ How is the RSD Independent Study Program different from distance learning?
Due to changes in legislation, RSD will not be offering distance learning for the 2021-2022 School Year. RSD plans to resume full-time in-person learning when school starts in August. This means that students will be back in the classroom, five days a week, for the full duration of the school day, just as we were prior to the pandemic.
In the Independent Study Program, students will receive standards-aligned assignments to complete independently at home. Teachers will monitor student progress, grade assignments, hold virtual office hours, and schedule individual virtual meetings as needed. Students will not participate in a virtual classroom. Students will have access to District resources such as counseling and meals.
To help understand the differences between the Independent Study Program and distance learning, see below:
+ Will my child be required to actively participate daily?
Yes. The State of California is requiring school districts to monitor daily attendance through virtual check-ins and complete daily assignments. The State of California requires students who participate in an Independent Study Program to check in virtually every day. RSD students who participate in the RSD Independent Study Program will be required to attend all scheduled virtual check-in meetings with their camera on.
With independent study, students will work online or with books at home while the teacher assigns work and checks in digitally.
For grades TK-3, the teacher will provide one hour of live synchronous instruction every day.
For grades 4-8, the teacher will provide one hour of live synchronous instruction every week and will check in with the students via Zoom each day.
+ What kind of commitment do families need to make? How can I help my child succeed?
The parent/guardian is responsible for supervision and will ensure their child actively participates daily by completing assignments and attending scheduled virtual meetings with their teacher. Providing a quiet workspace and a daily routine will help your child succeed in the Independent Study Program.
+ What supplies/resources do we need to participate in the program?
The District will provide the technology and materials needed to participate in the program. A quiet workspace that supports your child’s learning will be an important resource that you will provide.
+ Can my child return to their school for in-person learning at any time?
Your child may return to an RSD school for in-person learning if the Independent Study Program does not meet their needs. Placement location will be determined based on space availability at your school of residence at the time of placement. Your child may or may not be placed at your school of residence or the last school of attendance based on space availability. Please contact your child’s principal to request for a return to in-person instruction. The principal will transition your child back to in-person instruction in no later than five instructional days.
+ What is the process for applying for the Independent Study Program?
Complete the Interest Form. The district will contact you by email or telephone to schedule a virtual meeting to discuss the expectations of the Independent Study Program and the eligibility requirements for participation. If eligibility is confirmed, the RSD Independent Study Master Agreement will be completed and signed electronically by the parent or guardian. Your child will then be registered in the Edgenuity Learning Portal and will receive information directly through their RSD student email.
K-8 MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS
- Rosemead School District List of State Adopted Materials
- Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
- Common Core State Standards - Mathematics
- Next Generation Science Standards
- California English Language Development Standards
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