Independent Study Plan Process
In the event that a student can not attend class, or school, due to travel, or quarantine reasons, the Menlo Park City School District offers an Independent Study Plan (ISP) option. Per Board Policy, 10 SCHOOL DAYS (TWO WEEKS) is the MAXIMUM amount of time for students to be on Independent Study for an entire school year. With the unique situation of the pandemic and COVID-19, we are extending that maximum amount as needed and for special circumstances.
If students do NOT submit completed Independent Study work, their Independent Study will be marked INCOMPLETE and the absences will be considered UNEXCUSED.
To request your child to go on Independent Study, please follow the steps below:
- Parents complete this Independent Study request form for EACH CHILD which notifies Meg Morley (Encinal Administrative Assistant) the dates that your child will be on Independent Study. Meg Morley will update your child’s attendance records for you. There is NO need to report absence on Safe Arrival for the days they are on ISP.
- Then, Meg Morley will email you and the teacher to provide the list of Independent Study work. Click here to see the Kindergarten - Second Grade Independent Study Plans and click here for the Third - Fifth Grade Independent Study Plans.
- During the Independent Study days, students work on the list of activities. Your child’s teacher may provide a few additional items for your child to work on while they are on Independent Study, but that is up to the teacher.
- Upon completion of the Independent Study, parents email Meg Morley 2-3 screenshots or photos as evidence of the Independent Study work completed. We need to file the photo work samples as evidence of the completed ISP for State attendance auditing purposes.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Meg Morley and/or Ellen Kraska.
Encinal Administrative Assistant
Encinal Associate Principal