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  • Remote Conferencing

    REMOTE CONFERENCING GUIDELINES

    Remote conferencing provides students an opportunity to access instructional continuity during a temporary absence period. This mode of instruction is available upon eligibility for up to 20 days over the entirety of a school year. Students are eligible for this instructional method if the student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition.

    In addition, ONE of the following requirements also must be met:

    • The student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. The documentation must include a statement from the physician that the student is to remain confined to their home or to a hospital.
    • The student has a positive test result for a communicable condition listed in 25 TAC §97.7.
    • The student has been identified as having been in close contact with COVID-19.

    Remote conferencing allows students to earn attendance credit. Students who are absent due to illness are NOT REQUIRED to participate in Remote Conferencing. It is optional.

    General Overview of Remote Conferencing

    Remote conferencing will be available for eligible students in grades PK-12th and instruction will be provided for core content areas — math, science, reading and social studies.

    How will remote conferencing work and what will it look like?
    • PK-5th grade: In order to be counted present for daily attendance, students must participate synchronously for two hours during the time scheduled with their online facilitator via Google Meets.
      6th-12th grade: In order to be counted present for daily attendance, students must participate synchronously for four hours during the time scheduled with their online facilitators via Google Meets.
    • Students will complete assignments sent from their classroom teacher but receive assistance from their online facilitator via Google Meets.
    • Students will not conference into their regular classroom with their campus teacher.

    It is important to note, virtual learning is different from remote conferencing. See the differences between the two by clicking here: Remote Conferencing VS Virtual Learning


    How to Access Remote Conferencing

    Step 1: If a student meets eligibility due to testing positive for COVID-19 or being identified as having been a close contact with COVID-19, families should notify their campus secretary as soon as possible.

    Students/Parents: Complete and submit a form by selecting the button below:

    Step 2: After notifying the campus secretary, the remote conferencing facilitator will reach out to families to offer remote conferencing. The facilitator will also be available to assist with technology and other needs during this time.

    Students will receive their assignments from their classroom teacher(s), but they will NOT be interacting with them during remote conferencing. Instead, an online facilitator will work with your child to provide individualized assistance, as they work through their assignments.

    Google Meets link for Elementary: Click Here

    Google Meets link for Secondary School: Click Here

    PK-5th Remote Conferencing

    Remote Conferencing Attendance Time for Instruction
    PK-5th Grade ADA 10:05 A.M. 9:30 A.M.-11:30A.M. (2 hours is required)

    6th-12th Remote Conferencing

    Remote Conferencing Attendance Time for Instruction
    6th-12th Grade ADA 10:05 A.M. 9:30 A.M.-11:30A.M. & 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. (4 hours required)

    Positive Staff Reporting

    Positive Staff Reporting: Please notify their campus/department administration and complete the PCS COVID Positive Staff: Reporting Questionnaire form.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    No. Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that the student meet the criteria.

    Your child’s health is a top priority. If they are unable to participate, please let them rest. They will be counted absent, but we can get them caught up when they return to campus.

    Yes, we can provide your family with a hotspot during their remote conferencing period.

    This is a new program for our district. We ask for your patience as we navigate this new process. If proper documentation is presented, you should receive a call within 24-28 business hours.

    No, please see the following table to understand the difference between remote conferencing and virtual learning 20-21.

    Remote Conferencing vs. Virtual Learning

    A temporary, short-term instructional method to ensure on-campus students have a way to keep up with their school work while out.

    Definition

    An optional method of learning in lieu of on-campus, face-to-face instruction in which a virtual teacher is the teacher of record.

    On-campus students meet eligibility by (1) having a documented, temporary medical condition that requires the student to not physically attend school; (2)presenting a positive COVID 19 test; or (3) self-quarantining due to COVID 19 exposure.

    Eligibility

    Any student, PreK-12, may opt in for virtual learning as long as they (1) meet eligibility for grades, testing, and behavior; and they (2) agree to the district guidelines for virtual learning.
    Students are enrolled at their home campus.

    Campus Assignment

    Students are enrolled at their home campus.
    Students are served by an online facilitator who assists students learning the content supplied by their campus teacher of record.

    Teachers

    Students are taught by virtual teachers, who are their official teacher of record and provide all instruction and grades.
    Remote conferencing is only available for up to a total of 20 days for the school year.

    Limits

    Students must return to their home campus, as an in-person learner, if they fail to meet attendance and grade expectations.
    Students will return to their campus, in person, when they have completed their stay-at-home period.

    Return to Home Campus

    Virtual learning students must commit to the method of instruction for the semester. They may re-enroll at their home campus if they choose, at this time.
    Students will receive assistance with core subjects: English language arts, math, science, and social studies.

    Instruction

    Students will be instructed in all assigned classes. There is limited availability of fine arts and career and technology courses. Students must comply with requirements of Dual Credit courses.

     

    No. Students are limited to 20 days per school year, according to the guidelines.

    There are very limited instances that would allow a child to participate for longer periods of time, but they require a waiver to be filed.