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Palos Verdes Peninsula Distance Learning Academy & Independent Study

Updated: April 26, 2022


PVDLA Principal's Forum:

Please click the following links to view the PVDLA Principal's Forum Recording and PowerPoint presentation

The PVPUSD Independent Study Program and Distance Learning Academy is an optional alternative instructional option for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. Assembly Bill 130 passed in the summer of 2021 and changed the District's ability to offer programs through Independent Study law.  The District is currently undergoing review through accreditation to transform the Independent Study Programs into the Palos Verdes Distance Learning Academy (PVDLA).


Program Interest


All PVPUSD families are provided the opportunity to enroll in the Independent Study Program. Parents must first request a meeting with their site administrator to being the enrollment process.


* Students with active IEPs must be placed at Palos Verdes Independent Study and Distance Learning Academy via the IEP team. The team must discuss and determine that online/independent learning is an appropriate setting for the student. Likewise, students on 504s should discuss their needs with their School Counselor and 504 team to ensure placement would be an appropriate setting.


Student/Teacher Meetings:


Prior to completing enrollment for the independent study program or PVDLA, a conference will be held with the parent, student, teacher, and site administrator. During the conference, the team will discuss the participation requirements, curriculum offerings, contract review, and nonacademic supports available to the student.  The conference will be held prior to finalizing the student’s enrollment and joining the virtual classroom. 


Grade Level Expectations 




In-person Meetings  

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 


Proctored in person 

Proctored in person  

Proctored in person  

Online Meetings 

4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session 

4 times a week for approximately 30 minutes per session 

Not Applicable 


The classroom teacher will assign times for both the online and in-person meetings. Please note that specific timing requests may not be accommodated and must take place during normal school hours. These meetings may be in a small group or one-on-one. Teachers may request assessments to be taken in-person.


Attendance Requirements:


The classroom teacher will take attendance daily, and students will be marked absent if they are not in attendance.  Students who cannot meet these attendance requirements and miss 60% (more than 3 days) of instructional days within a school week will be in violation the school agreement. Accordingly, a meeting with the school principal, parent/guardian, student, and teacher will be held and may result in removal from the program.


Returning to In-Person Learning:


The contract will outline the requirements for participation in the program.  Should a family wish to have a student leave the independent study program or PVDLA to return to in-person learning, a meeting will be scheduled within five (5) school days to discuss a transition plan and in-person placement. Homeschool locations are NOT guaranteed upon returning to in-person learning.


School Info:


For further information, please contact:


Kelli Keller

Executive Director of Human Resources and Special Projects