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  • 2021-2022 Independent Study Notice

    Los Angeles Unified continues to uphold high standards of health, safety, and instruction. Los Angeles Unified offers in-person instruction and independent study options to all students, including students with disabilities. A voluntary Online Program will also be available for families with medical, social-emotional, or other concerns, or who wish to have this alternative for their child.  Families may find out more about educational program options by contacting their school or at Parents (including legal guardians and educational rights holders) have the right to: 

    • Request a student-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment to discuss options and enrollment procedures. Parents can contact their current school of attendance to discuss in-person and independent study options.
    • Enroll their student in in-person or independent study options. All schools will be open with full day in-person instructional programs, five days a week. Los Angeles Unified will continue to follow public health guidance for student safety and will update protocols as necessary. Families may contact their child’s current school for more information about afterschool programs, extracurricular, and other activities. In addition, independent study is a voluntary option, and a parent may choose to enroll their student in independent study at any time. We are requesting families to let their school know as soon as possible, if they are planning to sign up for the Online Program for the 2021-22 school year, to assist with the written agreement that is required for independent study. Parents may submit their request through their Parent Portal account or by contacting the family hotline. Short-term independent study (under 15 school days) is still available through the school of attendance. For more information about independent study and/or the Los Angeles Unified Online Program, visit the LAUSD Online Independent Study website at or call the Family hotline at (213) 443-1300
    • For students with disabilities, any change of placement requires an IEP team meeting for consideration of specific student’s needs and review of options.  Prior to enrollment at City of Angels, an IEP Team meeting will be held at the school of attendance, to discuss whether City of Angels placement is appropriate.
    • For the 2021-2022 school year, for families who chose to enroll their child in independent study, a signed written agreement must be completed no later than 30 days after the first day of instruction. A signed written agreement, known as a Master Agreement along with other forms, will include information such as the frequency of interaction between the teacher and the student, process for submitting completed assignments, communication with the parent, Prior to signing this agreement, the parent, student, and school will meet to review and finalize the written agreement.
    • Families can switch at any time between in-person and the Online Program. If a parent chooses to disenroll their student from independent study to enroll in in-person instruction, that process will take no more than five instructional days from the request of the parent or legal guardian.

    Independent Study includes synchronous (live online instruction) as well as time for independent work. Under Independent Study, unlike distance learning during school closures, students must complete work that is the time value of a full school day and most of this work is completed independently.

    For the Los Angeles Unified Online Program, which meets all Independent Study requirements, elementary school students will have 3 hours per day synchronous instruction. Secondary school students will have three 70-minute periods each day with at least 40 minutes of direct student-teacher time per period.  All students will then work independently to complete assignments.


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  • Helpdesk

    For families: (213) 443-1300
    For employees: (213) 241-2700
    The helpdesk is open 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday for any questions about Los Angeles Unified and the COVID pandemic.

    Student & family wellness:
    (213) 241-3840
    The helpdesk is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Please call for support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.

    Family Guide: Online Independent Study