Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

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General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions
We are requesting families commit to one semester or one trimester. However, if there is a need to transfer sooner, we ask that you reach out to the Independent Study Administrator and your teacher to transfer out sooner.
  • Daily engagement with active class participation 
  • Distraction free learning environment 
  • Assignments completed and submitted on time  
  • High standards of academic integrity  
  • Daily monitoring of school platforms including email, Aeries, Google Classroom, and textbooks 
  • Organization with daily and long-term assignments through use of a list or agenda. 
  • Communication with teachers and staff to seek clarification and support  
  • Respectful communication and collaboration with peers  
  • Maintain balance with activities, outside of school, that do not involve a screen 
  • Engage in remote learning with the same commitment as in the “traditional” setting 
  • Active monitoring of student’s courses including assignments, grades and attendance 
  • Consistent communication with teachers and staff  
  • Support of the student’s distraction free learning environment  
  • Establishment of a structured daily routine for attending class and completing work 
  • Participation in meetings with program staff if requested. 
  • Ensure student’s daily monitoring of all school platforms 
  • Engaged communication with the teachers and school staff  
  • Maintain an active role in my student’s education and provide assistance as needed 
  • Provide student opportunities for physical activity and healthy social interactions 
No.  While many students have been successful in distance learning, online distractions have caused some students to struggle with their academics. If your child is easily distracted in this way, they would be better served with in-person instruction. 
Counseling and support services will continue to be offered to students remotely for Independent Study/PVDLA. 
For a student to be successful in distance learning they will need a reliable internet connection and access to a device.  Students will be able to sign out Chromebooks for the school year.  Students and parents should be familiar with technology and be able to trouble shoot issues as they arise.  The program will have technology support that can help families remotely trouble shoot any technology issues.  For some families hardwiring a device directly to a modem has helped with WIFI issues. In addition, setting up a clean space, free of distractions, and dedicated to school has helped students be successful this year.  
If Independent Study/PVDLA is not working for your child, you can always reach out to the administrator for assistance.  The team will meet to discuss supports and accommodations.
Yes, students in Independent Study/PVDLA will continue to participate in all state and local assessments.  
Students in the Independent Study/PVDLA program will no longer be be a part of their home school database. They will not receive home school communications.
The Independent Study/PVDLA program will eventually develop their own promotion ceremonies for students and parents. 
Students can continue to participate in after school activities and sports through their home school.  
Independent Study/PVDLA will be staffed with teachers from throughout the PVPUSD, there is no guarantee that the teachers will be from your specific home school. Secondary Students also work with APEX Learning Platform Teachers for instruction, while continuing to meet with a PVPUSD Mentor Teacher.
Students can return based on space availability.
If needed, yes, textbooks will be available.
Students will receive a Chromebook as needed.
Ia student is having issues with technology, we are here to help.  There will be a dedicated technology aide available to assist students remotely.   
Yes, Independent Study/PVDLA students will have a designated administrator specifically for to the program. 
Independent Study/PVDLA will be utilizing Google Classroom as well as district approved programs for online instruction.
Yes, all teachers will be PVPUSD employees but may not be from your previous homeschool. 
Independent Study will deliver Special Education Services and accommodations remotely, as appropriate.  These may look different then in-person learning and as a result, the IEP will be reviewed in order to determine appropriate accommodations and services. 
If you are signing up for Independent Study/PVDLA the expectation is that you are available to attend all meetings based on the developed schedule. 
Students will have weekly meetings with the teacher in-person. However, if COVID-19 is a concern and you need to remain on Zoom, hold a conference with the teacher and administrator to discuss alternative options such as remaining only on Zoom. There will likely be assessments that will be required to be administered in person.