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BOE Considering Education Code Waiver Application To Allow For Short Term Independent Study

On Thursday February 1, 2018 the DJUSD Board of Education will be considering an Education Code waiver application that would allow for short term independent study for absences fewer than five consecutive days. Students within the Davis Joint School District (DJUSD) currently experience educational inequity as a result of Education Code 46300 (e)(1), which prohibits the Davis Joint Unified School District from allowing Independent Study for absences shorter than five (5) consecutive days. DJUSD students attending a local charter school are able to receive Independent Study services, from which they benefit academically and the school receives the corresponding revenue to provide this service. The non-charter District schools are unable to provide these valuable educational services without incurring an additional cost to the district and a result creating educational inequity within the district. The District wishes to cure this inequity be waiving the five (5) day provision in Education Code 46300 (e)(1).


Having the same independent study options to serve students between Davis Charter schools and district schools will streamline local agency operations by creating a consistent policy for short term absences (fewer than five consecutive days). In addition, students in the District will be able to take advantage of the increased educational opportunities and access that come with a short term independent study program through enhanced educational opportunities, which include clear communication of expectations during the absence, utilization of independent study digital assignment management system and more clear parent-student-teacher-school communication during the absence. This increased access will improve student performance, decrease truancy and chronic absences, and create equitable access to education for all students in Davis.


Posted by: Maddie Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District Published:1/31/18
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