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Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study is available for students who will be absent from school between 3-14 days and may be used in the event of quarantine, isolation or other board approved reasons.  Students are assigned work to be completed during the independent study contract period and it is due the third day back to school.  Students are given credit once the work is returned to school and it is approved by the assigning teacher(s). 

Short Term Independent Study Contracts are available at your school site.

Long Term Independent Study

The deadline to apply for the District's Independent Study program was Aug. 5 in order to appropriately create classes and address staffing needs. If you are applying after the Aug. 5 date, placement in the Independent Study program will be based on the space currently available. Families interested in the program will be contacted by Horizons Staff as soon as space becomes available and their application is processed. Until that time, families are being directed to report to their school of attendance to begin the start of the school year or to contact their school site to discuss instructional options for their student until a space in Independent Study is confirmed.

The updated application for Long Term Independent Study is located on the Horizons Home Study and Center for Independent Study websites:

Independent study options:

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District anticipates that all students will return to full time, in-person learning Fall of 2021, which begins August 12, 2021. However, students have the option of participating in independent study if their parent/guardian determines that the child’s health would be at risk by returning to in-person instruction. 

Assembly Bill 130 also provided new guidance regarding synchronous instruction and daily live interaction for all students participating in independent study, both current and prospective. This required changes to our previous independent study program.

To help families navigate the different independent study programs and to provide more details on the models to be provided, Mt. Diablo Unified presented Information Sessions on July 26 and Aug. 3 

Horizons Home Study, Horizons Independent Study and Home & Hospital Instruction may still be available to families if your child is eligible to participate.
 

CONTACT:

For Short Term Independent Study:

Contact your site Administrator

For Long Term Independent Study:

Horizons CIS/Homestudy

Horizons: CIS (9-12)

Horizons: Homestudy (TK-8)