Homeschool and Independent Study

Parent-directed schooling for children

Remote Independent Study

All students are expected to attend in-person instruction. However, students and families that feel in-person instruction compromises their health may elect to participate in a Remote Independent Study program as outlined in state law for the 2021-22 school year only. 

Remote Independent Study learning will be provided to MVWSD students by Edgenuity, a third-party provider.  Please understand that this is not a distance learning school; it is independent study with virtual instruction. The amount of virtual instruction varies by grade level. Students will receive daily live instruction, but the daily schedule will not look like the Distance Learning program MVWSD offered in the 2020-21 school year.

If you are interested in this option for your child for the coming school year, please see below.


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Aspects of Remote Independent Study:
* As per the California Department of Education, the Remote Independent Study program will include daily live instruction for students in grades TK-3, opportunities for daily live instruction and at least weekly live instruction for grades 4-8. 

* Parents may request a pupil/parent/educator conference meeting prior to enrollment in the independent study program.  

* Students may return to MVWSD in-person learning within 5 days of their request. Efforts will be made to re-enroll students in their neighborhood schools, however, if there is no space, students will be re-enrolled in another MVWSD neighborhood school. Students currently placed at choice schools (Stevenson and Mistral) will be re-enrolled in their choice school. 

* Students with IEPs must have Independent Study included in their IEP to be enrolled in the Remote Independent Study program. 

To continue to receive information on this topic, please email [email protected] 


Homeschooling, an option for MVWSD students, means parents are teaching children at home. This home instruction can be provided in several ways; parent becomes a credentialed tutor, child is enrolled in a public charter school or private school for homeschoolers or parent hires a certified private tutor.

Public school districts do not support homeschooled children with curriculum or instruction. Instead, the parent registers the child as homeschooled with the California Department of Education and provides instruction. 

Homeschooling parents can establish a private school based in their home by filing a California homeschool affidavit. The Private School Affidavit (PSA) can be filed with the California Department of Education (CDE) on their website from October 1 to October 15. It must be filed every year that you plan to continue homeschooling as a private school entity. For more information on this process, click here.

It is important to note that (1) the CDE does not provide guidance on how to home school, and (2) California statutes do not explicitly authorize homeschooling or differentiate between private schools and home schools. Students enrolled in a home school program for the 2020-21 school year must meet the additional requirements of distance learning. For more information on schooling at home,  please see this CDE webpage.
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