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Independent Study Athletics (ISA)

Manhattan beach unified school district

independent study athletics

                  

DATE:              Spring, 2021

                       

TO:                  Parents and Student Athletes

 

FROM:             Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Lisa Tanita, Vice Principal – MBMS

                               Stephanie Hall, Vice Principal - Mira Costa High School

                               Denise Anderson, ISA Coordinator – MCHS & MBMS

 

The program known as Independent Study Athletics (ISA) will require that the student be an ELITE athlete competing successfully at the national or state level in his/her sport.  If the student is in seventh/ninth grade, he/she will also be required to pass the state mandated FITNESSGRAM physical fitness test to remain eligible for the program.  This requires that the student to meet with a MBUSD credentialed P.E. teacher during the school year to facilitate the testing; the student may need to forgo his/her ISA activity on the days assigned for the fitness testing.  The INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS application must be renewed each year. 

Activities that will not qualify for Independent Study Athletics include (but are not limited to):

Club/Select/ODP sports - volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, water polo, surf etc. and individual programs with trainers, aerobics, weight training and yoga.  Please refer to the Sport List and Criteria.

 

 

TIMELINES FOR EVALUATION & REPORTING

 

EVALUATION by Coach/Instructor: Written evaluations corresponding to the athlete’s list of goals and activities should be submitted by the coach to Denise Anderson by the deadlines indicated below.  Parents will NOT be approved as a supervising instruction/coach for his or her child.

 

ACTIVITY LOG: The student’s weekly practice and competition schedule should be recorded on a DAILY basis.  The log should reflect the date of the activity, the hours spent engaged in the activity, and the nature of the activity.  To meet the requirements for credit, high school students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The requirement for middle school students is a minimum of 10 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The activity log must be submitted by the deadlines indicated below.

 

Mira Costa High School  Deadlines

Items to Submit

1st Quarter

October 13, 2021

Activity Log ONLY

1st Semester

December 15, 2021

Activity Log AND Coach Evaluation

3rd Quarter

March 9, 2022

Activity Log ONLY

2nd Semester

May 25, 2022

Activity Log AND Coach Evaluation

 

Manhattan Beach Middle School Deadlines

Items to Submit

1st Trimester

November 10, 2021

Activity Logs AND Evaluation

2nd Trimester

March 2, 2022

Activity Logs ONLY

3rd Trimester

June 1, 2022

Activity Logs AND Evaluation

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Any weekend games and /or competitions: A maximum of 2 hours per day may be logged for the

student's week of activity.

 

If the student’s application is approved, all needed documents for the 2021-22 school year will be on the school’s web in August.  All communication will be via email.

 

Please submit all documents to Denise Anderson -  danderson@mbusd.org

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Board Policy/Administrative Regulation

Instruction                                                                                                            AR 6158.1 (a)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

 

The Governing Board authorizes independent study athletics as an optional, alternative strategy in highly specialized circumstances for students who participate in demanding, regular, out-of-school, elite physical competition. 

 

Independent study athletics shall offer a means of enabling students to reach physical education curricular objectives and fulfill graduation requirements by providing them with an alternative educational plan for physical education.  As necessary to meet student needs, independent study athletics may be offered to replace the components of the grade level physical education standards in conjunction with part- or full-time classroom study.

 

(cf. 6142.7 – Physical Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Superintendent or designee shall approve independent study athletics for an individual student only upon determining that the student is prepared to meet the district’s requirements for independent study athletics and is likely to succeed as well as or better than he/she would in the regular physical education program.

The minimum period of time for any independent study athletics option shall be five school days.  A student excused from the regular physical education program shall have his/her schedule reduced by one class period for the duration of the independent study athletics agreement.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that a written independent study agreement, as prescribed by law, exists for each participating student. (Education Code 51747)

Eligibility for Independent Study Athletics

Parents/guardians of students who are interested in independent study athletics should contact the principal/designee.  Approval for participation shall be based on the following criteria:

  1. The activity in which the student competes/participates must be an extension of an existing component of the California physical education standards.
  2. The activity must be conducted under the supervision of a credentialed physical education instructor within the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
  3. The activity must consist of instruction that meets or exceeds ten hours every week for middle school students and fifteen hours every week for high school students. The weekly hours may NOT include travel time to or from the event or time between games and/or events.

   

  1. The activity must represent a continuation/extension of the student’s past record of involvement, competition and dedication in the sport, as evidenced by the number of years the student has been involved in the training and the individual achievement level outside of school that has been attained by the student.

 

 

 

 

  1. Independent Study Athletics is offered only during the school year. ISA at Mira Costa High School is     a(school) year-long program in sports NOT offered at the high school.  For sports offered at the high    school, students may be accepted into ISA during the offseason for that sport (if the athlete meets ISA      criteria).  Once the high school season for the ISA sport begins, the athlete will exit ISA to participate     on the high school team.  If the athlete chooses not to play on the high school team, they will exit ISA    and enroll in an on campus P.E. class.
  2. ISA at the middle school is a year-long program. Students must meet ISA requirements for the   program.  Students must remain in the ISA program for the entire year.

 

 

 

 

Instruction                                                                                                                 AR 6158.1 (b)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

Written Agreements and Conditions

A written independent study athletics agreement shall be executed for each student participating in the program for five or more school days (Education Code 51747).  To request that independent study athletics be used to satisfy whole or partial credit for the physical education curriculum and high school graduation requirement (if applicable), the parent/guardian of the student shall submit written application to the principal or designated school official.  The following information shall be included in the application:

  1. A statement for the out-of-school instructor which cites the instructor’s qualifications or credentials and the official endorsement of the instructor’s program and/or training facility.
  2. A statement from the instructor which outlines the nature of the planned out-of-school instruction and specifies the time commitment that will be expected of the student.
  3. A statement signed by the parent/guardian, holding Manhattan Beach Unified School District harmless from the responsibility/liability for any accident or injury to the student resulting from the out-of-school instruction.
  4. Evidence from school records that the student’s current grade point average is 2.0 or higher.

If the application is approved, a designated, credentialed physical education teacher will be assigned to oversee the student’s athletics program.  This P.E. teacher will analyze the student’s sport/activity as described in the application to determine which California physical education standards will be met and which will not for the student’s particular grade level.  The student will be required to meet with his/her P.E. teacher as needed for instruction in the physical education standards lacking in the elite activity.  Furthermore, the student will also need to meet with his/her P.E. teacher once each quarter (high school) or trimester (middle school) at least one week prior to the close of the grading period.  The purpose of this meeting will be to review student progress, time schedules, and other provisions of the independent study athletics agreement.  At the time of each of these meetings, the out-of-school instructor shall furnish a written statement verifying the student’s participation in the out-of-school institution, citing the number of hours that he/she participated in the instruction, and assessing his/her achievement toward stated goals.  At all times during the period of the independent study athletics agreement, the student’s grade point average must be a 2.0 or higher, and the student must meet all requirements for participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities, such as those outlined in Administrative Regulation 6145.  If all conditions have been met, the physical education teacher overseeing the

 

 

Class Schedule

During the period of the student’s independent study athletics agreement, the student’s schedule will be reduced by one class period because he/she will not be enrolled in a regular physical education class.  The time period that would have been occupied by physical education may not be replaced by an additional course.  The student’s schedule is reduced by one class period in recognition of the time commitment involved in the out-of-school, elite physical activity and is intended to provide time for the study required in support of the core classes.  Regular assignment to the library or to other supervised study location shall not be permitted as part of Independent Study Athletics Program (ISA).  Responsibility for ensuring study in support of the student’s remaining classes lies with the student and his/her parents/guardians. 

 

 

 

Instruction                                                                                                            AR 6158.1 (c)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

Non-Compliance with Conditions of Independent Study Athletics

Should the physical education teacher overseeing a student’s independent study athletics program deem that the requirements of the agreement have not been met, the permission to participate in the program will be withdrawn.  In such cases, the student will be enrolled in a regular physical education course for the following quarter/trimester.  Credit will not be granted to high school students for the quarter in which the review occurred.  (Education Code 51747)

Grading and Credit

The designated physical education teacher overseeing each student participating in the independent study athletics program will assign a grade of pass or fail each grading period based on the documentation provided by the coach/instructor of the out-of-school, elite physical activity and the student’s performance on any tasks assigned by the teacher.  High school students who receive a grade of pass will also earn physical education credit for that grading period.  (Education Code 51747)

Physical Fitness Test for California

The State Board of Education has designated the Fitnessgram as the state’s required physical fitness test for students enrolled in grades five, seven, and nine.  SB 601 requires that students score in the healthy fitness zone in five of six areas or better to obtain a passing score on this assessment.  Areas measured by the test include aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension, upper body strength and flexibility.  Students who participate in independent study athletics in grades seven and nine must take the Fitnessgram and earn a passing score to continue in the program the following school year.  Any student scoring in the healthy fitness zone on four or fewer areas will be enrolled in a regular physical education class the following school year and will not be eligible for independent study athletics until the student earns a passing score of five or six areas in the healthy fitness zone.  (Education Code 60800)

 

Visitations by School Personnel

In order to validate the information contained in the application as well as the caliber of the outside instruction, school personnel reserve the right to visit the training site during the period of the independent study athletics agreement. 

 

 

Instruction                                                                                                                             E 6158.1(c)

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS – Sports and Criteria

 

Criteria verification MUST accompany all ISA applications!

 

Crew               Competed a minimum of 1 season in a varsity boat  (excludes Novice Level)

 

Cycling            Ranked in the top 15 at Nationals in age division

 

Dance             Must meet ALL of the sections below:

                       

-Competed in at least 2 of the following competitions or like competitions the prior school year.

 (Jump - West Coast Dance Explosion-StarQuest-KAR-NUVO - Showstoppers, Spotlight or YAGP)

-All advanced Level Classes for age

-Must dance in the Studio’s Company - Letter of verification from studio

-List Summer Intensive Program(s) attended/auditioned

Equestrian      Competed and placed in 2 shows: Del Mar National’s - Hits Desert Circuit - L.A. Jumping                                     Festival (or like shows)

 

Fencing           US Fencing Association Rolling Point Standing for the athlete’s age group or higher OR

                        have a minimum USFA Rating of E or above.

 

Figure              Juvenile (MBMS)

Skating            Intermediate and above (MCHS)

Golf                 AJGA Ranking - Top 150 (By Age)

 

Gymnastics     Competing at Level 6 - Optional Routines ONLY! (MBMS)

Competing at Level 7 - Optional Routines ONLY! (MCHS)

Ice Hockey      Tier 1 or AAA

 

Martial Arts     Black Belt

 

Rock Climbing            Competed at Nationals (Individual not Team)

 

Sailing             Competed at Nationals the prior school year (2020-21)

 

Swimming       Meet Times 3 of 5 events:  Motivational Times

BB Times – MBMS

A Times - MCHS

Tennis             USTA Junior Ranking - Top 150 (By age / Open Rankings ONLY!)

 

Sports not qualifying for the ISA Program include but are not limited to:  Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball (Indoor and/or Sand), Soccer, Water Polo and Surf.

Outside gym and/or weight training programs may NOT be included in the minimum required hours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No re-entry to the ISA Program!

 

Attachments MUST be returned with this application:

___  A resume from the coach on professional letterhead if not already on file

___  Proof of athlete/family insurance coverage for student during activities

___  Hold Harmless Agreement (Waiver)

____Attendance Protocol

___  Documentation of: Competition Level and Competitions

____Picture of Athlete

____Make copies of documents for your files

 

DUE DATE:  May 12, 2021

 

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

physical education independent study Athletic (ISA) application

Completed documents MUST emailed to danderson@mbusd.org

 

SCHOOL:       MCHS    MBMS                      New or Returning to ISA                             

 

 

Student Name:  _________________________________________________     Grade:  _________(2021-22)

 

Parent Name(s):  __________________________________________________________________________

 

Address:  ______________________________City_______________  Home Phone: ___________________

 

Email:  ____________________________________________  Work/Cell Phone:  ______________________

 

Email: Student_________________________________________

 

Sport/Activity:  _____________________________________  Number of Years in Sport/Activity ___________

 

Competition Level:  ______________________

 

Number of hours per week:  __________________________  Number of days per week:  ________________

 

Specific days & times of instruction/workouts:  ___________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Instructor/Coach Name:  ____________________________________________________________________

 

Instructor/Coach Phone:  ___________________________________________________________________

 

Name of Workout Facility:  __________________________________________________________________

 

Workout Facility Address:  __________________________________________________________________

 

State or National Competitions and/ or Awards:  Individual      (Dance-list specific competitions participated) ________________________________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

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Instruction                                                                                                                             E 6158.1(a)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

 

 

Documentation – Please attach one or more of the following means of documentation to this application:

  • Meet/event participant list
  • Newspaper listing including participant’s name
  • Ranking list from sport’s state or national organization

 

Please list a minimum of three long term (Athlete Initiated - Not Coach) GOALS the student will be working toward in this program:

 

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Please list a minimum of three immediate GOALS the student will be working toward in this program:

 

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In pursuit of the above goals, by the end of each semester, the student will participate in the following ACTIVITIES during the semester as verified by the coach/instructor: (List specific activities)

 

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If more room is needed, please attach additional pages to this application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction                                                                                                                             E 6158.1(b)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

 

 

Authorization Signatures:

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

            Coach/Instructor                                                            Date

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                   Parent                                                                          Date

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                   Student                                                                         Date

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction                                                                                                                             E 6158.1(c)

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS

 

 

                                                           

MANHATTAN BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WAIVER,

RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

ASSUMPTION OF RISK FOR PARTICIPATION IN

INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS PROGRAM

 

Name of Participant:  __________________________________________________________________________________________

Description of Activity:  _________________________________________________________________________________________

Date(s) of Activity:  ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Activity Coordinator/Instructor:  __________________________________________________________________________________

Location of Activity:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Transportation:    Transportation arrangements are completely the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Supervision:       The Voluntary Independent Study Athletics Program is part of the curriculum of the Manhattan Beach Unified          School District; however, when participants are at the activity location, there will be no District supervision whatsoever.

 

By my signature below, I hereby give permission for my son/daughter to participate in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s Independent Study Athletics Program as outlined above.  I understand that this activity could cause serious illness and/or injury or death, and I assume all risks for any such illness and/or injury or death.  I am aware of the transportation arrangements for this activity and acknowledge that if the school is providing no transportation, the parent has complete and sole responsibility for all transportation arrangements.  I am aware that the District does not provide coverage for medical treatment or liability in connection with this activity.  If a participant does not have private medical insurance, low-cost school insurance is available through the District.

 

For and in consideration of permitting the above named child to participate in the activity described above, the undersigned hereby voluntarily releases, discharges, waives and relinquishes any and all actions or causes of action for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage or wrongful death occurring to him/herself arising in any way whatsoever as a result of engaging in said activity or any activities incidental thereto wherever or however the same may occur and for whatever period said activities may continue.  The undersigned does for him/herself, his/her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns hereby release, waive, discharge and relinquish any action or causes of action, aforesaid, which may hereafter arise for him/herself and for his/her estate, and agrees that under no circumstances will he/she or his/her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns prosecute, present any claim for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage or wrongful death against the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (District) or any of its officers, agents, servants, or employees for any of said causes of action, whether the same shall arise by the negligence of any of said persons, or otherwise.

 

I fully understand that participants are to abide by all rules and regulations governing conduct during this activity.  Any violation of these rules and regulations may result in that individual not being allowed to participate in the activity.

 

The undersigned hereby acknowledges that he/she knowingly and voluntarily assumes all risks of bodily injury to his/her child, as stated, and expressly acknowledges their intention, by executing this instrument, to exempt and relieve the District, its officers, agents, and employees, from any liability for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage or wrongful death that may arise out of or in any way be connected with the above-described activity.  I have read the foregoing and have voluntarily signed this agreement.  I am aware of the potential risks involved in this activity and I am fully aware of the legal consequences of signing this instrument.  I further acknowledge that the District does not provide liability insurance for this program, nor does the District provide medical coverage for participants in this activity.

 

 

 

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Parent/Guardian Signature                                                     Participant Signature

 

 

_____________________________________      __________________           _____________________             

Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print)                    Date                                      Phone

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Independent Study Athletics (ISA)

 

 

Attendance Protocol

 

 

ISA students must adhere to the following protocol for an absence to be EXCUSED for each traveling athletic event:

 

Request for the absence(s) must be submitted to the Vice Principal a minimum of one week prior to the absence.

 

The request must be submitted on letterhead from the athlete’s teacher or coach.  The request may NOT come from the ISA coordinator or parent.

 

It is the athlete’s responsibility to notify teachers in writing one week prior to departure for assignments.

 

All missed assignments must be submitted to their teachers the day of the athletes return.

 

If any of this protocol is not followed, an athlete’s absence(s) will be recorded as UNEXCUSED and assignments may not be submitted for a grade.

 

Your signature indicates you have read and understand this attendance protocol.

 

 

 

_______________________            ____________________

Parent/Guardian Signature                     Student Signature

 

 

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Coach/Teacher/Trainer Signature

 

 

Independent Study Athletics (ISA) applications for the 2020-21 school year will on the school’s web under STUDENTS beginning March 23rd.  All applications are DUE on or before May 13, 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted!

 

The program known as Independent Study Athletics (ISA) will require that the student be an ELITE athlete competing successfully at the national or state level in his/her sport.  If the student is in seventh/ninth grade, he/she will also be required to pass the state mandated FITNESSGRAM physical fitness test to remain eligible for the program.  This requires that the student to meet with a MBUSD credentialed P.E. teacher during the school year to facilitate the testing; the student may need to forgo his/her ISA activity on the days assigned for the fitness testing.  The INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS application must be renewed each year

 

Activities that will not qualify for Independent Study Athletics include (but are not limited to):

Club sports (volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, water polo etc.), recreational leagues (AYSO, etc.), most dance programs, individual programs with trainers, aerobics, weight training and yoga.

 

 

TIMELINES FOR EVALUATION & REPORTING

 

EVALUATION by Coach/Instructor: Written evaluations corresponding to the athlete’s list of goals and activities should be submitted by the coach to Denise Anderson by the deadlines indicated below.  Parents will NOT be approved as a supervising instruction/coach for his or her child.

 

ACTIVITY LOG: The student’s weekly practice and competition schedule should be recorded on a DAILY basis.  The log should reflect the date of the activity, the hours spent engaged in the activity, and the nature of the activity.  To meet the requirements for credit, high school students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The requirement for middle school students is a minimum of 10 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The activity log must be submitted by the deadlines indicated below.

 

Manhattan Beach Middle School Deadlines

Items to Submit

1st Trimester

November 

Activity Logs and Evaluation

2nd Trimester

March 

Activity Logs ONLY!

3rd Trimester

June 

Activity Logs and Evaluation

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Any weekend games and /or competitions: A maximum of 2 hours per day may be logged for the student's week of activity.

 

 

***Remember to keep copies of ALL ISA documents for your files***

 

 

Please submit all documents to: Denise Anderson at: danderson@mbusd.org

 

 If you have any questions and/or please email Denise Anderson