Remote Conferencing (RC) is a limited remote learning opportunity for students under certain medical circumstances as stated below.. This will provide an opportunity for students to receive support from a facilitator in classes missed during time away from school for this reason.
A general education student may be counted present if they attend remote conferencing as follows:
● PK-5th grade - 2 hours of synchronous, live instruction (student live on Zoom with camera on) and 2 hours of asynchronous instruction each day (completion of assigned independent tasks)
● 6th-12th grade - 4 hours of synchronous, live instruction (student live on Zoom with camera on)
● Additionally, attendance will be generated based on whether the student is virtually “present” at the official attendance-taking time at the time the session is offered.
A student is eligible for Remote Conferencing if:
Parent/Guardian submits one of the following to the school nurse:
1) Positive COVID case; OR
2) Doctor’s note stating the student needs to be confined to the home or hospital due to illness or exposure to a communicable disease; OR
3) Email/Written notification from parent/guardian that the child is quarantining at home due to close contact with a COVID positive individual.
How will my child access Remote Conferencing?
When the student qualifies for remote conferencing, the school nurse will report the RC eligible students to the principal. The principal will coordinate RC instruction with the parent/guardian and provide instructions on next steps to begin receiving RC instruction. Note: It may take up to one additional day to complete the rostering process for a student to begin receiving RC supports.
What will support in Remote Conferencing include?
● Families will need to secure a reliable internet connection to connect for remote conferencing. Information will be provided in an email to the families.
● Students will log in using a remote conferencing link to access support for each content area at the specific times listed below:
○ 4:30-5:30 Elem/Sec Math Time
○ 5:30-6:30 Elem/Sec ELAR Time
○ 6:30-7:30 Sec Science Time
○ 7:30-8:30 Sec Social Studies Time
● Remote conferring support will be provided in the following areas:
■ English Language Arts
■ Social Studies
● Content will be accessed through the student’s account in Seesaw (K-3) or Canvas (4-12).
● RC facilitators will provide abbreviated lessons over the critical learning standards taught in the student’s classes. Instruction will address skills taught; however, it will not look exactly as it does in the normal classroom setting or to the extent that virtual learning looked like last year.
● Elementary students are required to complete additional assignments outside of the live remote conferencing sessions totaling up to two hours of time. This may be in reading, math, science or social studies. Directions will be provided in Seesaw/Canvas to support this work. RC facilitators will be able to answer questions related to this work during the live RC time.
● Dual credit coursework will need to be completed per the requirements of the higher education entity (i.e., Navarro College)
Special Education and 504:
● Special Education/504 students will need to seek approval through an ARD/504 committee, following the same guidelines as above. In these committee meetings, the team will determine what is required for the student to receive FAPE as well as determine a plan of implementation.
● It is the responsibility of the student’s ARD committee to determine whether it is more appropriate to place the student in a Remote Conferencing setting or in the Homebound setting. If a student meets the criteria to be served in the special education homebound instructional setting, a physician’s report is required.
● Should the ARD committee determine Remote Homebound is necessary, a TEA waiver must be submitted and approved.
If longer than 20 days is needed:
● If the documented temporary medical condition persists longer than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year, a waiver request must be submitted to the state for an extension of remote conferencing beyond the allowable cumulative 20 instructional day period. The waiver request must include an explanation of the circumstances (for example, a child was in close contact more than twice over the course of the year, and the family opted to follow the stay at home recommendations each time). Waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis. A waiver will not be granted if the student is unable to attend school for a reason other than a medical condition, such as confinement at home for disciplinary reasons.
Regardless of their educational setting of being in Remote Conferencing, students must still meet the 90% Rule requirements, meaning the student is required to attend a class for 90% of the days the class is offered to earn credit.