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AB 130 – Education Trailer Bill Implementation Guidance for Independent Study In compliance with AB 130, school districts and county offices of education are required to provide all of their enrolled TK-12 students with an independent study (IS) option for the 2021-2022 school year. For special education students, however, participation in independent study continues to be subject to IEP team determination as already provided in the law. Districts and county offices have different options available in order to satisfy this mandate (i.e. local program option/s, interdistrict attendance agreement with another district/s, or contracting with a county office of education) as well as discretion in terms of program design, within certain general parameters. This guidance document is to provide a high-level recommended task list to help with AB 130 compliance. Required Independent Study Option for 2021-2022 – District and County Office Compliance: 1. If not previously determined, each district and county office should immediately convene a meeting of its governing body for discussion and action on whether it will offer an IS option locally or provide a virtual option through an interdistrict attendance agreement and/or a contract with a county office of education. • This may be considered at a special meeting of the governing body consistent with the currently applicable provisions of the Brown Act, including board member and public virtual attendance and participation (i.e. via Zoom) to facilitate/ expedite the process. • This meeting should occur sufficiently in advance of the scheduled first day of instruction to ensure that any and all necessary board policies, agreements, and/or contracts can be adopted/ approved, required notices to parent/guardians sent/posted, and IS enrollment elections/ interdistrict attendance agreements processed. 2. If the decision is made to provide the IS option locally, in order to qualify for apportionment for IS students, the governing body will need to take immediate steps to adopt a formal written policy (or amendments to an existing IS policy) that includes all of the information required in the statutes as amended by AB 130. • Although the language of AB 130 does not specify that the required policy be formally adopted prior to issuance of enrollment option notices, given the information required to be sent/posted and information required to be shared and discussed with parents/guardians and students during any requested pre-enrollment meetings, it is highly recommended that adoption of a compliant policy (or policy update) be completed prior to posting and issuance of the required notices. Regardless, board policy must be adopted before the start of instruction in order to qualify for any apportionment for IS students.

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