July 15, 2021

Legislative Update: July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

Dear Sage Oak families,

On July 9, 2021, Governor Newsom signed and approved the education budget trailer bill AB-130. The final version of this bill includes language specific to independent study programs that will impact Sage Oak in the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

The following summary outlines the actions that all schools like Sage Oak must take before the first day of school. The leadership team will work quickly and diligently alongside Sage Oak’s legal team to ensure we understand these new requirements before implementing changes. 

  • Offer daily and/or weekly synchronous instruction - The school will be required to offer both daily live interaction/synchronous instruction and/or weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils (depending on grade level) throughout the school year. The student's supervising teacher must complete this, and student attendance is encouraged but not required.
  • New requirements for board policies - Requires local independent study board policies to include new elements related to the quality of the program. This includes updating tiered re-engagement strategies to include students with a lack of attendance due to missed school meetings and lack of work and students not making satisfactory educational progress.
  • New requirements for written agreements (Master Agreements) - Requires written agreements to contain provisions addressing communicating academic progress with parents/guardians, provision of connectivity/devices adequate to participate in the educational program, and a statement detailing academic and other supports for students not performing at grade level.
  • Reporting for daily participation - Requires schools to report student attendance at daily and/or weekly live synchronous instruction and engagement opportunities. 

We are thankful for your continued support and willingness to provide feedback that helps our leadership team make decisions that best serve our students and families. Due to the very short timeframe the state has given schools to implement AB-130, we appreciate any feedback or input you may have on the requirements outlined in this bill. 

As we are unable to provide a proper stakeholder engagement process in the short time that the state has provided all schools, we ask that you please complete this survey if you have suggestions to offer Sage Oak. The leadership team will review these responses in conjunction with other input and decide how Sage Oak will implement necessary changes for the 2021-22 school year. As always, we strive to make decisions that we feel are best for all stakeholders, and we will communicate our implementation plan with all stakeholders as soon as it is finalized.

Sincerely,

Jamee Block