Online Learning Program 2021-2022

About the Online Learning Program

What is the Online Learning Program?

The Online Learning Program (OLP) is a program for the 2021-2022 school year. Students participating in the Online Learning Program will receive instruction virtually. 

  • Students in the OLP will be assigned an online teacher who will provide all virtual instruction for the duration of the program.
  • Students participating in the program will spend some time in live/synchronous instruction with the teacher, personally check in with their teacher for individual support and will have to complete asynchronous work independently to practice and apply their learning.
  • Although we are making every effort to accommodate all qualifying students, space for the Online Learning Program is extremely limited. Because of this, first priority will be given to students who are medically fragile and meet the criteria below:

Students who have a CDC-recognized diagnosis that puts them at medical risk due to COVID-19

How do I know if the Online Learning Program is right for my student?

While SFUSD is preparing for a full return to in person learning for the 2021-22 school year, we understand that some circumstances might require students to remain in remote learning. Here are a few things to consider when making the choice that is right for your student:

  • Students who are able to work independently tend to do better in remote learning environments.
  • Students will need to be supervised by a responsible adult when participating in the Online Learning Program.  
  • Students will spend some time in live/synchronous instruction with their teacher, personally check in with their teacher for individual support and will have work to complete asynchronous work independently to practice and apply their learning.
  • Students will need to attend their online classes and participate actively every day. 
  • SFUSD’s PreK programming is guided and funded by the California Department of Education’s Childcare & Development Division.  The primary responsibility of childcare programming is so that low income families can find safe, healthy, and age-appropriate educational environments for the care of their children so families can go to work or school.  Families who have children under the age of 5 who cannot attend PreK but wish to access PreK curriculum can reach out to the Early Education Department for further assistance at (415) 241-6085 Ext 1123.

If I enroll my student in the Online Learning Program, will they lose their seat at their current school?

No, students will maintain their assignment in their existing school. Students who are ready can return to their original school within five days. Families must complete a form requesting return to in-person learning to activate the return process.

Can my student participate in the Online Learning Program if they are not medically at risk due to COVID-19 or deemed medically fragile?

At this time, the program is prioritizing medically fragile students who would be put at risk by in-person instruction from COVID-19. SFUSD is also still awaiting final direction from the state regarding what may be required of school districts for Fall 2021. 

My student would not be put at risk by in-person instruction from COVID-19, but there is a family member in the same household who is at high risk. Can my student participate in the Online Learning Program based on these conditions?

No, this program is designed for and only offered to students who would be put at risk by in-person instruction from COVID-19.

What is the difference between the Online Learning Program and Home Hospital Instruction (HHI) that SFUSD currently offers?

Pursuant to California Education Code § 48206.3, HHI serves students who incur a temporary disability, which makes attendance in the regular day classes or alternative education program impossible or inadvisable. The HHI is individual instruction at a student’s home or hospital, and each hour of teaching time devoted to individual instruction counts as one day of attendance. In contrast, the Online Learning Program is virtual learning.

Can my student participate in the Online Learning Program if they have an IEP?

Yes, as long as the IEP team makes a determination that such a placement in an online/independent study program ensures that the student receives an appropriate education in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Cal. Ed. Code § 51745(c).

What is the experience of high school students participating in the Online Learning Program?

SFUSD already has a robust and successful independent study program at Independence High School.

High school students who apply to the Online Learning Program will be temporarily assigned to Independence High School. Students who are ready can return to their original school within five days. Families must complete a form requesting return to in person learning to activate the return process.

By enrolling at Independence High School, students in Grades 9-12 will get the benefit of a fully accredited high school program already approved by the UC and CSU college systems as well as learning structures, extracurricular activities, and support services already optimized for independent learning.

Learn more about Independence High School.

How to Apply to the SFUSD Online Learning Program

How do I apply for the Online Learning Program?

There are two ways to apply to the Online Learning Program:

For all applications, be sure to fill out all the fields on the application carefully. If the information on the application is incomplete or inaccurate and SFUSD is unable to identify the student applying, we will not be able to process your application.

Applications, including the healthcare provider forms, are due July 30, 2021. 

Why does the application request a health care provider form?

Space for the program is extremely limited, and first priority will be given to students who are medically fragile and meet the criteria below. 

Though the healthcare provider form is optional, students who submit documentation and confirm a CDC-recognized diagnosis or medical reason will be prioritized.

How do I turn the health care provider form in?

There are two ways to submit a health care provider form:

  • Online Submission: The student’s healthcare provider is encouraged to fill out the Online Learning Program Healthcare Provider Form and email it to onlinelearningprogram@sfusd.edu. Please provide the student’s healthcare provider with the student’s:
    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • School
    • Grade
    • SFUSD student ID number

    The online form is only available via the website (link above). Forms are not available in ParentVUE. 

  • Paper Submission: The parent/guardian picks up a paper copy of the health care provider form (included in the application) at 555 Franklin Street and returns the completed form to the physical dropbox at 555 Franklin or submits via email.

Make sure that all documents include the student’s name, date of birth, school, grade, and SFUSD student ID number so we can match the document to the correct student’s application.

If the Online Learning Program Healthcare Provider Form or other documentation is optional, does this mean it won’t make a difference regarding whether or not my child is considered eligible?

Though this form is optional, students who submit documentation and confirm a CDC-recognized diagnosis or medical reason will be prioritized. 

If my child already has a 504 plan or an IEP and I want to send them to the Online Learning Program, do I fill out this form?

Yes. Please complete the application per the steps above and make sure you check the box that states your child has an IEP or 504 plan. 

My child is new to SFUSD. How can I apply for the Online Learning Program?

New students must first apply and enroll into a home school through the placement process at the Educational Placement Center. Once you receive an assignment and determine that your child cannot participate in in-person learning, you may submit an application for the Online Learning Program.

When will I hear about the enrollment status of my student in the Online Learning Program?

Parents/guardians who submit a complete form by July 30, 2021 will be informed via email during the week of August 9

The notification will be sent to the email address provided in the application.

Will there be another opportunity for families who don’t apply by July 30?

Space in the Online Learning Program is extremely limited. Any applications received after July 30, 2021 will only be processed if there is remaining capacity and a student meets all eligibility criteria. 

Online Learning Program Availability

How many seats are available overall?

Space in the Online Learning Program is extremely limited, and students with specific health risks due to COVID-19 will be prioritized. At this time, we anticipate 450 seats will be available. Enrollment capacity may change once state guidelines have been finalized. 

How many seats are available per grade?

SFUSD will determine the number of seats per grade based on approved applications from students. 

If there are more requests than spaces available, how will the district decide who gets in?

SFUSD is prioritizing students who are medically fragile and meet the criteria below for the Online Learning Program. 

Eligibility criteria is subject to change as SFUSD is still awaiting final direction from the state regarding what may be required of school districts for Fall 2021.

What if my student is eligible for the Online Learning Program but did not get a spot due to the lack of space? Is there a waitlist or an opportunity to get a spot if more open in the future?

There is no waitlist. However, if your student is eligible for the Online Learning Program, has already submitted an application, and did not get a spot, you may submit an Application Reactivation Request (link TBD) for the opportunity to get a spot if more open in the future.

Transferring Out of the Online Learning Program

If I want to start in the Online Learning Program and then am ready to return to in-person school, how do I do that?

Students who are ready can return to their original school within five days. Families must complete a form requesting return to in person learning to activate the return process. 

Students must be enrolled in an SFUSD school to participate in the Online Learning Program. When students return to in-person learning, the student will return to the school they were enrolled in prior to the Online Learning Program.