The CVUSD School Board recently approved the 2016-17 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) which includes a major new homeschool partnership initiative. The new K-6 Independent Home Study Program is designed to provide a “personalized and flexible home-based learning experience.” So far, the details of this new program are sparse, but apparently the district is already starting to gather applications for enrollment.
To provide insight on my perspective, I am the daughter of two public school teachers, so I believe in public schools and that they are the best education option for most families. I am also a California licensed K-12 school counselor, and as such, I am trained to help students get the resources and learning environment they require in order to succeed. But for some students, homeschool is the most appropriate option for their needs. It is encouraging to see that CVUSD is starting to reach out to this segment of our community.
This type of homeschool partnership initiative was first proposed two years ago by CVUSD trustee John Andersen as a way to serve the needs of certain students and families so that they would not feel like they have to leave the CVUSD schools for private school or home school.
Home study students will have access to resources at Lang Ranch Elementary. I am told that there is no cost associated with participating in the program. The K-6 program is now accepting students and people wanting more information should contact Jeanie Valentine, CVUSD Director of Elementary Education at 805-497-9511 Ext. 241, or her assistant, Kate Potter. The website is http://www.conejousd.org/Portals/0/Landing%20Pages/home-study/
As a candidate for school board, I of course support initiatives that will improve the educational experience for more students in our community. I believe that the new Independent Home Study program has the potential to do this. And as a member of the school board, I will support expanding this K-6 program to include all grades, K-12.