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Independent Study for Short Term Vacation

The parent must provide a minimum 5 days’ notice to the office staff before beginning an Independent Study. The minimum number of days to consider when assigning an Independent Study option is five days and the maximum number of days is 15 days or three weeks.

If the student is to be away more than three weeks, the most appropriate option might be to consider Restart’s Independent Study Program. For details on how to begin the process of an Independent Study see the Office Manager.

Important information to know about Independent Study contracts:

  • The Assignment Contract must be completed by the teacher prior to the implementation of the Independent Study Plan.
  • Dates for the student, parent, teacher, and principal do not have to agree but must be on or before the starting date.
  • A Master Agreement may be extended beyond the due date as long as the parent/guardian of the student has called and received permission in advance of the termination date (never after the student returns).
  • Work needs to be a minimum of four hours per day to total twenty hours per week of completed work (Kindergarten is three hours per day or 15 hours per week).
  • The teacher should assign work that is comparable to what would be assigned in the regular classroom.
  • The assigned work is due on the date the student returns to class unless prior approval is obtained.
  • The student should keep the folder, Master Agreement, and a copy of the Assignment Contract. Forms can be obtained from the Office Manager.


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