Independent Study and Attendance

Independent Study and Attendance

 

 

We are seeing a larger number of families using Independent Study for travel during the school year.  While this is great when it works, we wanted to remind you about the parameters for travel.  Independent Study is used for students traveling and missing five to ten school days.  Students do the equivalent of 20 hours of school work for the five days they are gone (four hours per day).  Students can do Independent Study for a total of 15 days for the school year (the days must be consecutive and no more than ten at a time).  The preparation that this takes for the teacher is extensive and teachers can deny a contract.  We have found some families coming in the day before they leave, asking teachers to prepare the work right then.  While many of our teachers have been gracious about doing this, we need to be clear that all paperwork for the trip must be signed and turned in to the teacher five school days prior to departure.  We would prefer to have it at least two weeks prior to the date.  Going forward, anyone requesting Independent Study less than five school days before their trip will be denied.  

We cannot stress enough how important it is for students to receive their instruction from their teachers.  Handouts and workbooks cannot replace the instruction, interactions, deeper thinking, and thought processes that occur in a classroom.  We do not recommend travel during the school year, but understand the value of a once in a lifetime trip. Should this occur, please plan ahead, alert the teachers and Tara as soon as you know.  If a child is absent for a trip less than five days, or not on Independent Study, those days are unexcused.  Three or more unexcused days (or truant tardies) are considered truancy.  The attendance policy is in our school handbook and on the website.  We appreciate your support and planning ahead to provide the best educational experience for your child.

 

The Willett Staff