I wanted to make a quick clarification about short term independent study.
If a family requests short term independent study and the school approves it, teachers have three options.
Option 1: Assign your classroom work to be completed during the absence period. Grade the work when the student returns and include it in his or her grade.
Option 2: Assign the generic packet work. Grade the packet work when the student returns (you can use a simple "credit/no credit" grade if you want). Do not assign zeroes or F's for your classroom work that the student missed while he or she was gone. This option doesn't exist yet for high school, but the packets are being developed, so it will be an option in the future.
Option 3: Assign some combination of your work and the generic packet work. Grade the work when the student returns. You can include the portion of your classroom work that you assigned for the short term independent study in the student's grade.
Each site will develop its own procedures for how to access and assign the packets.
Chico Unified Teachers Association
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