In a bid to prevent further learning loss among students during the pandemic, Ysleta ISD has launched its new Remote Conferencing Academy, an online learning option made possible through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for students who need to quarantine.
The Remote Conference Academy was created to alleviate concerns that students who must quarantine at home – because of illness related to COVID-19 – will miss out on a significant amount of instruction and fall behind in their classes.
Similar to the district’s Online Learning program in the 2020-21 school year, the Remote Conferencing Academy allows certain students to log on to their classes from home or another location, and receive instructional support from a teacher located at their home campus.
District officials say that previously, remote conferencing was available only through a waiver requested for each individual student, according to TEA.
To qualify for the Remote Conferencing Academy, Ysleta ISD students must meet these two requirements:
- Unable to attend school because of a COVID-related absence.
- Total amount of remote conferencing instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year
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, including 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.
As part of the Remote Conferencing Academy, students in pre-K through fifth grade will receive four hours of instruction, with at least two hours of “synchronous instruction” – or two-way, real-time virtual instruction between teachers and students.
Students in grades 6-12 will receive at least four hours of synchronous instruction every day during the academy.
Attendance will be taken for all students participating in the Remote Conference Academy, and the teacher must see the student’s face on camera in order for the student to be counted present.
In the event a student’s documented temporary medical condition lasts longer than 20 instructional days over the school year, a waiver to extend remote conferencing must be submitted to TEA.
For more information on TEA guidelines regarding remote conferencing this school year, click here.