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REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS AND FAQ - For the 2020-21 school year, our students who are learning remotely at home will participate in asynchronous remote instruction. This means that students will learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. With very few exceptions, students may do their schoolwork on their own schedule, but it is important to note that students must be engaged in their remote learning every school day. 


Our remote instruction will be delivered through the Google Classroom platform, but may also include various other forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments.


Here are a few questions and answers to help parents and students understand the details and expectations.


What are the expectations for students?


  • Students are expected to complete ALL work assigned by their teacher(s).
  • Students are expected to be engaged in EVERY subject on EVERY school day. 
  • Students are expected to do their own work and not receive help from other students unless the teacher has given permission as part of the assignment.
  • Students are expected to answer all attempts by their teacher(s) to communicate with them via Google Classroom, Zoom, or email.


Since students are expected to be engaged in every subject every day, what does engagement look like?  There are three ways in which a student may be engaged in a course:


  • Daily progress in Google Classroom on lessons/assignments; or
  • Daily progress via teacher-student interactions, such as Zoom meetings, emails, or phone calls; or
  • Completion/Turn-in of assignments from student to teacher (potentially via email, on-line, or mail).


How will attendance be taken for remote learners?  Attendance will be solely based on the engagement requirements listed above. Here are some important points to keep in mind to keep from being marked absent:


  • Students must be engaged in their remote learning on every GISD school day.
  • Students may NOT complete all of their assignments for the week in one day.
  • Students may NOT skip a day from doing their schoolwork if it is a GISD school day.


A student who is not engaged in EVERY class on EVERY GISD school day will be marked absent. 


What will the workload be like for remote learners?  Students are expected to be engaged in academic work that is equivalent to direct content work that a student would engage in during a normal day at school. Our teachers will plan online lessons based on the following standards:


  • Full day PreK - 180 instructional minutes
  • K-5th grade - 180 instructional minutes
  • 6th through 12th grade - 240 instructional minutes


Our online lessons will be deeper and more thorough than the ones assigned last spring. Texas school districts are expected to teach the full curriculum to remote learners and not a scaled down version. 


Students are not expected to sit and work on remote lessons for hours on end. Frequent breaks and physical activity are encouraged throughout the day. While remote learning students must be engaged every school day, they have the flexibility to do schoolwork outside of normal school hours as long as they have completed the day’s schoolwork by 11:59 PM each night.


How will tests be taken?  Teachers and administrators at each GISD school are working on secure methods for administering tests and quizzes to students who are learning remotely. Teachers will communicate their method of testing with their students and parents.


How will grades be taken?  All GISD schools will follow the normal grading guidelines with all students. Students learning remotely will be subject to the same grading guidelines as students learning at school.  


Parents of remote learners will receive progress reports and report cards at the same times as parents of students learning at school.


What if I need a school breakfast or lunch for my student(s)?  Parents of remote learners may pick up both breakfast and lunch at their child’s school each day between 10:30 and 11:00 AM in the driveway nearest to the back entrance of the cafeteria. For specific directions, please contact your child’s school.


What if a parent who has chosen remote learning for their child(ren) changes their mind and wants to switch to normal on-campus learning?  Parents will be given the opportunity from October 5th to 7th to notify the school of their intent to switch to on-campus learning. Students who switch to on-campus learning will begin on Monday, October 12th.

All students who continue with remote learning beyond October 7th will be required to stay with remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.

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