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Absences Due to Travel and Independent Study Contracts


The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days. Absences due to family trips are unexcused unless the absence is pre-arranged and a short-term independent study contract has been approved by the school principal. The District will not hold a student’s seat at a school after a ten-day absence, with or without a Short-term independent study contract, without pre-approval due to extenuating circumstances. The Student Assignment Office will work with families upon their return to confirm residency and school assignment when an absence is more than ten days and is not pre-approved.

Parents may request a Short-Term Independent Study provided the student will return to school at least five (5) days prior to the last day of school. Such absences are unexcused unless it is prearranged and a short-term independent study contract has been approved by the school principal. Requests for Short-Term Independent Study will be evaluated by the school principal on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the criteria set forth below:

  • Requests must be made at least ten (10) school days in advance of the planned absence
  • The student must be in attendance at their assigned school for at least three (3) weeks prior to the commencement of the independent study
  • Absences for this purpose must be for a minimum of five (5) consecutive school days and a maximum of ten (10) consecutive school days per school year and shall not occur during the Spring assessment period
  • The student has not been declared habitually truant, receiving five (5) unexcused absences of 30 minutes or more in a school year
  • The student possesses the necessary motivation, commitment, organizational skills, and academic skills to complete the work

Student assignments under short-term independent study contracts are due on the first school day immediately following the student's return to school.  The assignments are in the form of an Independent Study Packet and are not standards-based classroom curriculum/assignments. Teachers will not provide families with classroom assignments when students take Independent Study.