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Virtual Independent Study Program


Veronica Ortiz, College & Career Coordinator


While we know that the best place for students is in the classroom, the Hayward Unified School District will provide a virtual independent study learning opportunity for those students with an identified need to continue with virtual learning in the 2021-22 school year. This is a voluntary option available to K-12 students upon the request of a parent/guardian. The Virtual Independent Study Program will utilize a flexible, standards-aligned, online curriculum that personalizes learning. This will be an extension to the current Independent Studies program for students who may not wish to return to the classroom.


Information Sessions

Thursday, June 10


Zoom Webinar Link

Passcode: 954897


Thursday, June 17


Zoom Webinar Link

Passcode: 682940

Complete the Request Form (DEADLINE: Friday, July 16, 2021
Please complete the following form if you are requesting the Virtual Independent Study Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Families have until Friday, July 16, 2021 to complete the form. 




How is the Virtual Independent Study Program different from the distance learning program that all students participated in during the 2020-21 school year?

HUSD will not offer a distance learning program in 2021-22. This means that students will no longer be taking classes via Zoom with teachers. With a virtual independent studies program, it's important to know that students participate in an online curriculum on their own time and check in with teachers only 2-4 times a week. Teachers do not teach classes online. See the chart below for some other important differences between virtual independent study and distance learning. 


Virtual Independent Study Distance Learning
Teacher provides an online curriculum for learning at home. Students complete the work independently. Teacher facilitates learning at home with some online assignments that are completed alone and some Zoom class time.
Personalized independent online learning may vary by grade level Lessons are taught by teacher
2-4 times a week check-ins Daily check-ins
Multi-tiered support for students returning to in-person learning  


What program is used for the online curriculum?

HUSD has contracted with Edgenuity. Edgenuity delivers personalized learning to meet the needs of every student with core curriculum, credit recovery courses, intervention programs, and supplemental instruction. Other instructional materials may be used as well, depending on the students’ educational and programmatic needs.


What kind of commitment do families need to make? Can my child return to their school for in-person learning at any time?

  • Students commit to the program for at least a trimester for elementary and a semester for secondary. Students may transfer out and return to their home school at that time.

  • Parents/guardians should expect to provide academic support for their K-8 student(s).

  • Students will be required to complete assignments and adhere to deadlines

  • Attend virtual meetings with an assigned grade level teacher

What is the process for applying for the virtual independent study program?

Enrollment Process

  1. Interested students and families should attend a Virtual Independent Study Program information session

  2. Complete the HUSD Virtual Independent Study Program Request Form

  3. Students and Family attend Virtual Independent Study Program Orientation, includes, counselor and assigned teacher

  4. Complete Virtual Independent Study Program Master Agreement

  5. Students commit to the program for at least a semester (secondary) or trimester (elementary) and may transfer out and return to their home school

*Please note that enrollment capacity is limited.