Rio School District 2021/2022 Independent Study

Fall 2021-22 Year

We’re growing, expanding and using new methods!  Find out more about what is coming for the 2021-22 school year.


Rio Virtual Independent Study Program Schedules varies per grade level. See the schedules here.


Learn more about the instruction your student will receive.


Find relevant resources that will help your child with the independent study program.




Faculty & Staff


Indoor Teaching Spaces


Acres of Outdoor Spaces

Independent Student Program

The CDE (California Department of Education) has defined the minimum number of daily instructional minutes all students will receive in an independent study model as equivalent to the regular school day with a combination of live/synchronous instruction and the remainder of minutes in independent work.

All students will receive both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (time value independent work) daily equivalent to a regular daily required instructional minutes for their assigned grade level. 

Rio School District Independent Study Teachers will engage students through synchronous (live) teaching.

The remaining portion of instruction will be completed asynchronously (time value independent work) where the student independently engages in and completes assignments, projects, assessments, etc., assigned by their classroom teacher.

Special Education Services Considerations: Parents requesting IS for students with special education must meet with the students’ IEP team to discuss the option.  

Counseling Services Considerations: School counselors will collaborate with the classroom teacher and family to schedule service times. In addition, school counselors can collaborate with the classroom teacher to join synchronous (live) sessions as needed.

English Learner Considerations: English learners must receive designated and integrated English Language Development (ELD), including assessment of English language proficiency, support to access curriculum, the ability to reclassify as fully English proficient, and support for dual language learning. Designated and integrated ELD is included as part of the core instruction during the distance learning model.

Child Nutrition Considerations: At this point in time, food service will continue to distribute meals one day per week to those students on IS.  (Verifying with food services team).

Parent Resources

ParentSquare App

The ParentSquare app and website offers a streamlined way for you to; get alerts, contact teachers and principals,sign up for opportunities, complete forms, RSVP for events, make payments, and more.

Parent Connection

ParentConnect is the district’s web-based access to our student information system. With this web-based portal, parents can check their students’ attendance, health and discipline records, standardized testing results, classroom assignments, cafeteria information, and more.

Special Projects & Events

Rio School District provides several special projects and events that help mold the young minds. These projects cover a variety of subjects and usually include hands-on real life learning opportunities.

Creative Arts

This section of the webpages connect viewers with District arts programs and opportunities.


This section of the District web pages connects viewers to information related to 21st century learning technologies used by learners, staff, and community. Rio Robotics is a course in Robotics, which utilizes Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits.

Engaged Learning

This section of the District webpages connects viewers to examples of “active” learning. The Rio School District emphasizes hands-on and minds-on inquiry based learning that connects, engages, and develops literacies for every learner.

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