Obviously, some of these questions and answers apply to in-person, on-campus sessions. They have been arranged so that
Q: Does it cost anything to attend GSI?
A: Students and their families are only expected to provide health insurance and transportation to and from GSI. The program is funded by the Legislature at the request of the Governor. For the virtual GSI in 2021, materials will be mailed to students at no cost.
Q: If I discover that I need to miss GSI for a day to participate in another school-related activity, can I have a leave of absence?
A: No, you may not. The compressed schedule makes missing a day of instruction impossible. You will be a member of a research team, so your commitment to the GSI and your team requires your full-time participation.Q: I am in the school band. May I miss GSI activities for a couple of hours each day to attend band practice?A: You may not. Students are to be in attendance at the GSI for the entire time.Q: My sister is getting married. May I miss GSI a day to take part in the festivities?A: Again, you may not. If you know of an important event that is scheduled during the GSI, you must make a choice before agreeing to attend. On the other hand, there are no weekend classes, so that may not be an issue.
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Q: May my parents visit during the GSI?A: No. The GSI is designed as a parent-free experience so that you can be totally focused on all activities planned for you.Q: Will I be able to leave the campus for any reason?A: You will leave campus only for official GSI outings and verified emergencies. Q: If I get homesick, will I be allowed to go home?A: A bit of homesickness is not unusual. Please keep in mind, however, that your selection to attend the GSI was very competitive, and if you choose to not complete the session, you will have prevented another student from attending. If a student leaves the GSI before completing the program, the student’s principal and superintendent will be notified. Furthermore, the student shall not make reference to being selected to attend the GSI on further applications or resumes.Q: What is the policy for cell phones?A: Cell phones are only allowed on field trips and in student rooms or if an instructor asks that they be used for research during class. Otherwise, they may be used during evening hours, but not during daytime activities. At the Green Bank facility, there is no cell coverage, so it is a moot point.Q: Will I be given time to attend church?A: The weekend that you’ll be at GSI is considered part of GSI, so there will not be time for you to attend a formal worship service. You should plan for private devotion time.