2021-22 School Year & AB 104

The ORANGE USD SLICE Instructional Models for the 2021-2022 school year include the following:

  • Option 1- Traditional in-seat classroom instructional model, 5 days per week
  • Option 2- Full day virtual instruction through the EDGE Virtual Academy
  • Option 3- OUSD Home School (Grades K-8) or Independent Study (Grades 7-12)

Recent legislation requires that we inform you of your right to enroll your student in the option of your choice for the upcoming school year. Families choosing either option 2 or 3 have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment to review the academic program delivery, student support, enrollment process, specific academic expectations as well as the withdrawal process for that particular program. All requests for students with disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, please contact your school administrator to discuss the process.

It is important to note that although options 2 &3 are not traditional classroom models, they still encompass many of our program supports and will offer:

  • For pupils in transitional kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, a plan to provide opportunities for daily synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year.
  • For pupils in grades 4 to 8, inclusive, a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year.
  • For pupils in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, a plan to provide opportunities for at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year.
  • A plan to transition pupils whose families wish to return to in-person instruction from options 2 or 3 no later than five instructional days.

If you’d like to learn more about the Orange USD Slice Instructional Models please contact Joe Erven, Executive Director of Innovation & Excellence at (714) 628-4463 or by email at jerven@orangeusd.org.


Assembly Bill (AB) 104 provides options for students and parents/caregivers to address learning recovery needs.  Each area of the new law is described below.

Student Retention for 2021-2022

Parents/caregivers of students enrolled in kindergarten through 11th grade during the 2020-21 school year who received deficient grades, which is defined as a D, F, or No Credit grade for at least one-half of the coursework in the last school year, may submit a written request to the school for a meeting to discuss learning recovery options, research regarding retention, and data regarding student progress. The consultation with administration and teacher(s) will occur within 30 calendar days of receiving the written request. IEP input considered for requests related to students with disablities.The district has the ultimate authority of deciding whether or not to retain a student. Parents/caregivers will be notified of the decision within 10 calendar days of the consultation.

Opportunity to Change Grades to Pass/No Pass

Students who were enrolled in high school during the 2020-21 academic year may apply to have one or more letter grades replaced with a pass or no pass grade.  There is not a limit on the number or type of courses eligible for the grade change. Interested students must fill out the Grade Change Request Form and submit it to the Office of Student & Community Services no later than August 14, 2021. It is imperative to note that Local Education Agencies are prohibited by Assembly Bill 104 from accepting late applications. Once the application is received, Student & Community Services will notify the student and family of the grade changes within 15 calendar days.

The following is the link to the CDE list of postsecondary institutions that have indicated that they will accept Pass or No Pass grades: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/ps/ab104surveyresults.asp. Other higher educational institutions, including those from other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grades. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to continually check the California Department of Education (CDE) website for the most updated list of postsecondary institutions that will accept for admission purposes, a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade before the expiration of the deadline to submit grade change requests. If you have immediate questions and/or to submit applications please contact Executive Director Ed Howard at (714) 628-5424 or by email at ehoward@orangeusd.org.

Graduation Requirements

Students who were enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of high school during the 2020-21 school year and who are not on track to graduate in four years, will be provided the opportunity to complete the minimum state graduation requirements to graduate. Options can include, but are not limited to, a fifth year of instruction or credit recovery. The Office of Curriculum & Instruction in conjunction with high-school administrators/counselors are in the process of identifying eligible students and will be contacting each family to discuss viable options. If you have immediate questions please contact Katie Treat, Coordinator of Career Counseling at (714) 628-5463 or by email at ktreat@orangeusd.org.