Legislation gives more options to COVID-impacted students — from independent study to grading

Two recent pieces of state legislation impact students’ options relating to independent study, retention, grading changes and graduation requirements.

Under AB 130, school districts are required to offer an independent study option for the 2021-22 school year to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by their parent or guardian.

Under AB 104, school districts are required to allow for petitions to change letter grades for the 2020-21 academic year to “pass” or “no pass. The bill also creates certain exemptions from local graduation requirements and gives some students options to repeat coursework or a grade level.

The Santa Cruz COE already offers an independent study program, and if you or your child are enrolled in an independent study program through us you don’t need to take any action.

If you are interested in making the switch from a classroom to an independent study program, please contact your current school and teacher first and they’ll help make an appointment to move forward.

For more information on the options created under both bills, see the letter to families from Santa Cruz COE Alternative Education Executive Director John Rice. Anyone with questions can also  contact our office at 831-466-5728.