Remote Conferencing

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Remote conferencing is now available for students who are unable to attend school in-person because they are in quarantine as the result of being a close contact or isolated as a test-positive for COVID-19.

Approved by the Texas Education Agency, remote conferencing is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided for those who are temporarily away from campus for reasons related to COVID-19. It is important to remember this is not GCISD Online, a temporary remote learning option for elementary students that families were made aware of last week.

Please read below for frequently asked questions regarding remote conferencing. More detailed information, including a complete list of FAQs, is available from the TEA by clicking here. 

For general remote conferencing questions, please contact remote.conferencing@gcisd.net. For questions regarding class assignments during remote conferencing, Pre-K through 4th-grade students can ask their remote conferencing teacher, and 5th-grade through 12th-grade students can directly contact their regular classroom teacher.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does remote conferencing work?
Students participating in remote conferencing will join a remote classroom via Webex from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m (elementary) and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (middle and high school). In order to be counted as present to earn credit, students must be present during these scheduled Webex sessions. 

How long can I be in remote conferencing?
Each student may spend up to a total of 20 days in remote conferencing for the 2021-2022 school year. After 20 days, a waiver will need to be sent to the Texas Education Agency for review on a case-by-case basis.

Who will teach remote conferencing?
As this is not online instruction, the facilitator of remote conferencing will be a long-term substitute who will help direct students to their content in Seesaw and Canvas. 

My child is a close contact or has tested positive for COVID-19. How does my child participate in remote conferencing? 
If your student is a close contact or tests positive for COVID-19, parents can login to Skyward and complete a Remote Conferencing form. Instructions on how to locate and complete the form can be found here.

Can a student qualify for remote conferencing if they are a close contact to someone outside of school (i.e. family member)?
Yes. Parents will login to Skyward and complete the same Remote Conferencing form mentioned above.

Can special education students participate in remote conferencing?
Yes. If your student receives special education instruction and/or related services, the student will access their special education supports defined in their Remote Learning Plan portion of the current ARD. In some cases, an IEP Amendment or Review ARD will need to be held to update the Remote Learning Plan. If you have questions about your student’s Remote Learning Plan, please contact the campus to speak with the diagnostician.