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​Katy ISD Closure Information

Governor Abbott has issued orders for all schools to stay closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year due to the impact of COVID-19.  In accordance with those orders, Katy ISD schools will continue with a modified schedule and online teaching and learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year.  

Support for Students
Are counseling services available to students?

K-12 Student Support/Social-Emotional Wellness: KISD counselors and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) will have daily office hours available to parents, staff, and students. Students who were receiving small group or individualized counselor/LSSP support will receive a 1-1 check-in with that professional. Outcomes of these check-ins will include wellness checks and review of the social emotional skills that students were focused on prior to the break. 

Resources and activities related to social-emotional wellness can be found under the COVID-19 Update under K-12 Student Support/Social-Emotional Wellness.


Additional Student Services
How will my child receive dyslexia services?
 Dyslexia intervention teachers work with students each week either virtually or, for students without access to technology, via phone call. Students also have access to online platforms for additional support. If you have questions or concerns, contact your child’s dyslexia intervention teacher directly. How will my student continue to receive Bilingual Education? 

Students participating In the Katy ISD Bilingual Program receive Spanish and sheltered English instruction through the activities delivered by their classroom teacher. Katy ISD, also, provides students access to online resources in Spanish and English to support their learning at home. Additional Spanish resources for students and parents can be found on the District Elementary C&I Online Learning Course https://katyisd.instructure.com/courses/305314 and at https://katyisd.instructure.com/courses/84117/pages/math-instructional-videos. 

How will my student continue to receive English Learner services?
 Equitable access to the curriculum for English learners through ESL and Bilingual programs is provided. Teachers continue to linguistically accommodate the curriculum for English learners to the greatest extent possible in a remote learning environment. Additional resources have been provided. At the elementary level, these resources are found in the District Elementary C&I Online Learning Course. At the secondary level, these resources are provided directly to teachers who service English learners. 

What if my child has an upcoming 504 or ARD meeting?
If your child has an upcoming ARD meeting, parents will be contacted by the campus to either confirm the ARD is still being held or with proposed dates for rescheduling. It is recommended that you communicate with your child’s case manager about any questions or concerns you have for your child in advance of the meeting. Campuses are committed to providing and ensuring a collaborative process within a virtual environment that ensures meaningful parent participation during the ARD meeting. 

What if my child requires special education services?
If you suspect your child has a disability and is in need of specially designed instruction, please contact your child’s home campus and ask to speak with the staff member that handles referrals. Information about Child Find can be found on the district website under the Special Education tab. There is a designated section under Child Find that includes helpful information as well as frequently asked questions.


Online Learning Information
What can parents and students expect of teachers?

    Each week, teachers will communicate how students can access learning from home; the method of communication will vary by grade level. 

    Teachers will monitor student work and provide feedback.

    Teachers will respond to questions in a timely manner. 

    Teachers are available to respond to questions during 8:00-4:00 each day 

    As always, teachers--regardless of the grade level--care about the success and well-being of each student. 

What are the expectations of students?

    Students are expected to participate in learning each week by completing assignments provided by teachers.

    These assignments have been created with the understanding that not all students have the same resources or access to technology. Students who encounter issues with accessing or completing assignments need to contact their teacher immediately. 

    If students have questions (including technology-related questions), they can contact their content area teacher. 

    Teachers will respond within business hours each day. Teachers will actively monitor email and do their best to get back with you each day. 

    The learning will vary with teachers in synchronous and asynchronous opportunities (Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time, whereas asynchronous learning occurs through online channels without real-time interaction). 

What are the expectations of parents and guardians?

    Now more than ever, students need support and encouragement from home. Assist your child in establishing a learning space and schedule at home.

    Verify that your child has access to the learning provided by teachers. Notify your child’s teacher immediately if there is an issue with accessibility of the learning.

    Depending on your child’s age and unique needs, confirm that assignments have been completed and submitted. Elementary: Teachers will not record letter or numerical grades for assignments during the 4th nine weeks. Secondary: You can monitor your child’s grades through HAC (Home Access Center).

    Continue to communicate with your child’s teacher(s).

Where can students and parents find online learning resources?

Elementary - Students will obtain instruction and assignments from their classroom teachers. If students are needing supplemental activities after completing teacher assignments,  grade level choice boards will continue to be accessible at the Elementary C&I Online Learning Course.

Secondary- Secondary assignments can be found in junior high and high school students’ CANVAS courses.  Students should login to CANVAS through MyKaty Cloud to view teacher activities and suggested resources for online learning days.  Additionally, the resource chart, below, highlights many available enrichment resources for students to also access through MyKaty Cloud .

​English/Language Arts
​Pearson and HMH Online Textbooks, Sora, Khan Academy
​Math
​Online Textbooks, Imagine Math, Khan Academy, TI Calculator APP 
​Science
​Online Textbooks, Stemscopes (JH), Legends of Learning (JH), Discovery Education, Gizmos (HS) 
​Social Studies
​McGraw Hill Online Textbook, Discovery Education, ABC-Clio, Maps 101, Britannica, Texas State Library Website, Law-Related Education, iCivics, National Constitution Center, Pearson Online Textbook for U.S. History, Khan Academy, ushistory.org
​LOTE (Languages Other Than English)
​Iculture, Online Textbook, thisislanguage.com

How much work will my student be expected to complete?
Amounts of work are largely dependent upon the grade level. A student will not be asked to complete unreasonable amounts of work, and activities should not require initial instruction from parents/guardians or other caretakers. A student may need some assistance just as they would on typical homework. If work becomes overwhelming and time-consuming, please contact your student’s teacher.

Elementary: The following maximum daily minutes per subject have been established for elementary:

   Pre-K to Kindergarten =15 minutes
   Gr. 1-2 =20 minutes
   Gr. 3-5 =30 minutes

Secondary: Junior high and high school students are generally expected to spend 30 minutes per class each day.

Are there set times when my child needs to be online?

Elementary- Teachers will be providing information regarding specific times for instruction. Secondary- Junior high and high school students are encouraged to spend 30 minutes per day for each class. The timing of the day does not matter. Students can work at times that are convenient for the family.
What if my student has questions or needs tutorials?
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or would like to request extra assistance.

When will online learning end?
Online teaching and learning will continue through the duration of school closures.

Getting Connected
What if I'm having technology issues? The resources below have been developed for students and parents:

What if we don’t have a computer or device?
If a student needs a device to use at home, the following form should be completed: Student Device Check-out Form.

What if we do not have internet connection?

If the student needs Internet, the following two companies are offering free Internet: Internet Essentials from Comcast and Access from AT&T.

How are teachers ensuring privacy of students when using Zoom during online learning?

Zoom has been working to help teachers navigate these new waters by setting up default security settings and sharing best practices with teachers. The teacher’s Zoom link should be only for students in the teacher’s class and not shared publicly through social media. Below are measures teachers will use to ensure the privacy of students:

    Zoom meetings hosted by teachers will now require a password and will be shared with families prior to the meeting.

    Screen sharing settings within the teacher’s account have automatically defaulted to “Only Host.” This setting gives hosts sole permission to share content within their meetings by default. 

    Teachers will utilize the Waiting room feature and a password to keep unwanted visitors out. This allows participants to “sit” in a waiting room until the teacher admits them into the Zoom meeting.

    A sound will be enabled when a student joins to help teachers notice unwanted visitors. 

    Students should not share personal information in online classroom/meeting.

    Teachers will disable the File Transfer option to prevent the spread of unwanted material. 

    Teachers will generate a meeting ID automatically instead of using a personal meeting ID.

Grading Elementary
Will elementary students receive grades?
 Teachers will not record letter or numerical grades for assignments during the 4th nine weeks. On a weekly basis, teachers will provide students and parents informal feedback through various platforms such as Seesaw, Canvas, email, or phone calls, based on the student's progress in online learning assignments.

 Will elementary students get report cards?
All students' final report cards will show "Exempt (EX)" for grades in all content areas including art, music and PE for the fourth nine-weeks grading period. Students' cumulative average will be based on the average for the first three nine weeks grading periods (i.e. GP1 + GP2 + GP3/3). 

Will elementary students receive progress reports?
 Parents will receive a narrative progress report mid-nine weeks on their student's completion of assignments.  All progress reports will be emailed to parents on Friday, April 24.

Will elementary students be retained if they do not meet the criteria for promotion?
Students with a failing grade after factoring averages for GP1, GP2 and GP3, will be reviewed for retention. The online learning will not be a cause for retention. In May, a Retention Review Committee meeting will be held with parents to discuss grades and progress for any student at risk of retention.  For students who receive special education services, the ARD committee will serve as the Promotion/Retention Review Committee. Decisions related to retention, placement, or promotion will be completed by the last instructional day of the year.

Note:  Due to the cancellation of STAAR Testing - Student Success Initiative promotion/retention requirement for 5th grade is waived for the 2019– 2020 school year.

 Will elementary teachers take attendance?
A child's completion of daily assignments serves as a record of attendance and participation in online learning as required.

Grading Secondary
5th nine week’s report cards will be available via the Home Access Center on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Final cumulative report cards will be mailed to all students after the last day of school on Thursday, May 22, 2020.

Grading/Completion for Secondary Students
 Secondary students will complete assignments in each grading category (Major, Minor, Other) in order to continue to provide each student the best opportunity to earn a numerical grade that fairly represents their mastery of course content. Additionally, students will be able to use the reteach/retest procedure for all Major grades. Final exams will not be administered this spring with the exception of dual credit and college prep courses. Semester averages will be calculated by taking the average of the 4th, 5th, and 6th six weeks.

Will secondary teachers take attendance?
The District is using Canvas Analytics to monitor our student's participation and engagement in completion of required assignments for the 6th six weeks grading period.  Should you have any questions about assignments or grades, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or the campus principal.

Testing
My student is worried about SAT, ACT, and STAAR tests. What can we do?
STAAR/EOC- Governor Abbott has cancelled mandatory STAAR testing for this school year. SAT/ACT-March testing dates are cancelled until further notice. More information about the SATs can be found on the College Board website.

Katy ISD has cancelled the June and July ACT campus test locations. In late June, the vendor sent registered students an email indicating available July test locations. More information about the ACTs can be found on the ACT website.

Will AP testing still occur?
The College Board is administering the AP Exams in a full on-line format that students are able to take at home via any device. Find the exam schedule and course-specific exam information and requirements. The College Board has also made tutorials and resources available to students to support the instruction received from their high school AP teachers. Watch the video tutorials.

 Dual Credit
Dual Credit courses through our partners at HCC will continue in the on-line format through their Canvas application, separate from the Katy ISD Canvas platform. Students enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and College Prep courses will take and receive a grade for that institution's final exams, as required by HCC. Katy ISD retest guidelines do not apply to HCC Dual Credit courses.

Seniors and School Year Information
When will the school year end?
Katy ISD continues to follow the Board approved Instructional Calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The final date of attendance for seniors is May 15, while all other students will finish their last day of schooling on May 21. Any decisions made by the district will be posted on the district’s website.

My student is a senior. What is the status of graduations and proms?

Graduations
At this past Monday’s Board of Trustees Meeting it was determined that outdoor graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will move forward this June at Legacy Stadium. Graduates and guests may begin arriving to the stadium at 6:45 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. ceremony start time. The updated graduation calendar is below.

​MCHS
​CRHS
​SLHS
​MRHS
​OTHS

​PHS
​KHS
​THS

Wednesday
June 17
8 p.m.

Thursday
June 18
8 p.m.

Friday
June 19
8 p.m.

Saturday
June 20
8 p.m.

Sunday
June 21
8 p.m.

Monday
June 22
Board
Meeting

Tuesday
June 23
8 p.m.

​Wednesday
June 24
8 p.m.

​Thursday
June 25
8 p.m.


Visit the Graduation Ceremonies page for more information.

Proms

This past Monday the Governor and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued updated guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. Based on those guidelines, large indoor assemblies and gatherings will not be permissible during the month of June. Thus, we regret to inform that all senior proms have been canceled.  

​MCHS
​CRHS
​SLHS
​MRHS
​OTHS
​PHS
​KHS
​THS
CANCELLED
Wednesday
June 10
CANCELLED
​Thursday
June 11
CANCELLED
Friday
June 12
CANCELLED
Saturday
June 13
CANCELLED
​Monday
June 15
CANCELLED
Tuesday
June 16
CANCELLED
Wednesday
June 17
CANCELLED
​Thursday
June 18


Transcripts
Katy ISD is accepting transcript requests for all high school seniors.  Official transcripts are being printed, sealed and mailed every Tuesday through the month of April.  It is anticipated that all 5th six weeks incompletes will be cleared by Friday, April 24 to ensure updated GPA and class rank are calculated in preparation for our 2020 graduation ceremonies.  Please contact your campus registrar if you have questions regarding your campus’ procedure for requesting an official transcript.

Finally, please expect to see an updated Class of 2020 communication every Wednesday through the close of the school year.

In the meantime, general questions regarding the Class of 2020 can be emailed to Classof2020@katyisd.org.

Summer School - Online Learning
Due to circumstances beyond our control with COVID-19 concerns, the District will be providing online instruction for students rather than in-person instruction for summer school 2020. If you are unsure your student should participate in an online summer course, please contact your student's counselor via email. 

 Visit the Katy Summer Academic Term web site for more information.

Absences

Katy ISD supports our parents' decisions regarding their child's well-being and attendance at school. Absences that occurred prior to spring break and were related to COVID-19 concerns and students' attendance at school are coded as excused. 

Community Education and Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Courses

Due to the closure of schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, all evening courses held for both Katy ISD Community Education and HCDE are cancelled.

Documents

Campus requests for student documents (VOE, birth certificate, custody paperwork, transcripts) should be directed to 281-396-2150.  

Emergency Text Notifications from Katy ISD

The District utilizes emergency text notifications as an additional layer of messaging to Katy ISD’s already existing platforms — email, website, social and news media. Emergency text notifications are only used by the District central office for emergency and related information (i.e. school closings, weather conditions, etc.). Parents/guardians who wish to receive emergency text notifications from the District should make certain that their mobile phone number is registered in the Home Access Center (HAC) contact form — specifically within the “Automated Contact Text” field. Please note that it takes at least 24 hours for the system to update and recognize new entries. Detailed instructions on how to register your mobile number.   Once you have opted-in, emergency text notifications will arrive from a Katy ISD assigned number such as “606-80.”  However, this origin number may differ for each mobile user, depending on the service provider.  Because of this, Katy ISD identifies each District text with this opening, “Katy ISD notification:”     

Katy ISD Staff: If you are a District employee, please follow the employee instructions for registering a mobile phone number.   

Facilities Rentals

All facilities are closed to outside rentals through Friday, July 31, 2020.  This includes rentals pertaining to after school programs, athletic rentals, churches, fine art rentals and all others. 

Homeless Students

If you have lost housing due to economic hardship, complete the Student Residency Questionnaire to determine if you are eligible for services through the McKinney-Vento Act. Email the completed form to SRQ@katyisd.org and the District Homeless Liaison will contact you to discuss eligibility. More information on this act is on the District webpage


K-12 Student Support Services/SEL

K-12 Student Support/Social-Emotional Wellness: KISD counselors and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) will have daily office hours available to parents, staff, and students.  Students who were receiving small group or individualized counselor/LSSP support will receive a 1-1 check-in with that professional. Outcomes of these check-ins will include wellness checks and review of the social emotional skills that students were focused on prior to the break.

Parent Resources

Directory of Counselors and LSSP

Anxiety Tips | Anxiety Tips - Spanish

Juggling Work and Online Learning | Juggling Work and Online Learning - Spanish

Family Fun During COVID-19

Caring For Your Mental Health

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 1

​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 2
Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 2 - Spanish

​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 3
Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 3 - Spanish

​​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 4
Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 4 - Spanish

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 5
Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 5 - Spanish

​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 6
Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 6 - Spanish

​​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 7

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 7 - Spanish

​​​Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 8

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 8 - Spanish

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 9

Social-Emotional Wellness - Week 9 - Spanish



Family and Community Resources: Katy ISD will provide information of community resources to support students and families as they become available.  Resources will also include information on how to talk with your children about COVID-19, activities related to stress reduction, mindfulness and information to support the mental health of all family members during this uncertain time. 

District Support Team: Any additional questions on student support/social-emotional wellness can be addressed by:

Christy Maeker (Director of Counseling) 

Dr. Kristie Moore (Instructional Officer for Psychological Services) 

Edie White (Coordinator of Bullying Prevention)  

Anne McHale-Miller, LMSW (District Social Worker)


Katy ISD Job Fair

The April Katy ISD Job Fair has been cancelled.  However, there is planning regarding the possibility of a virtual job fair.  More information coming soon.

Makeup Days/Waivers

Information forthcoming 

Report Cards

Elementary 3rd nine week’s report cards will be available via the Home Access Center on Friday, April 3, 2020.  Secondary 5th nine week’s report cards will be available via the Home Access Center on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  Final cumulative report cards will be mailed to all students after the last day of school on Thursday, May 22, 2020.

Student Meals During Closure

Thursday, May 21 is the last instructional day meal service so Thursday’s distribution will include Friday, May 22 meals too.  The first week of summer food service, meals will be distributed Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.  Beginning on Monday, June 1 through June 30, Katy ISD “Grab and Go” meals will be served Monday through Thursday from 9:00 -11:30 a.m.  Meals that would have been distributed on Fridays will now be distributed on Thursday. This means that individuals picking up meals on Thursday will receive a two-day supply of meals that will include both Thursday and Friday food items.  

 Katy area children ages 0 to 18 are eligible and may pick up a breakfast and lunch at one of the designated locations.  Children do not need to be an enrolled Katy ISD student.  The meals will be provided in a "grab and go" style outside of the cafeteria near the covered walkway where buses pickup and drop off students.   

  • Bear Creek Elementary

  • Golbow Elementary  (discontinued after June 4)

  • Mayde Creek High School

  • McDonald Junior High (available starting June 8)

  • Memorial Parkway Elementary

  • Opportunity Awareness Center

  • Paetow High School

  • Schmalz Elementary

  • Sundown Elementary

  • West Memorial Elementary

Be A Champion (BAC) curbside meal service will continue from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Morton Ranch High School. The organization will also begin providing free breakfast and lunch meal service at Bear Creek Elementary on May 26 through June 30 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  BAC will follow the same Monday through Thursday meal service schedule as Katy ISD’s “Grab and Go” service and will include Friday meals with the Thursday meal distribution,  or until supplies last. All children are eligible to participate in the free meal program. BAC meals are individually packaged, and the ‘Grab and Go’ drive thru service does not require a family member to get out of their car. 

BE A CHAMPION INC was founded in 2001 by James Hong and Jaron Barganier, a Mayde Creek High School graduate. BAC is a sports, education and nutrition outreach program designed to support Houston area youth that may be in need. Questions regarding the meal program, please call BAC at 281-833-3129 or email at info@BeACHAMP.org 

Student Medications

Parents needing to pick up their child's medication during the closure of school are asked to call (281) 396-2150. 

Technology Help Desk- Parents and Students​

For questions about Canvas, Online Textbooks, students’ username & passwords and other related items please see the information on the Parent Tech Help page. If you need additional help, you can fill out the Parent Help Form linked on that page.  Access to MyKaty is only available for staff and students.

Technology Support- Parents and Students

Katy ISD students have an online portal, MyKaty Cloud,  where they can access digital content such as educational videos, encyclopedias, electronic textbooks, databases, etc.  Students will receive information and assignments from their teachers through one of our online learning platforms, Canvas or SeeSaw.  If the student needs Internet, the following two companies are offering free Internet:  Internet Essentials from Comcast and Access from AT&T.

Technology Support- Device Check-Out

Katy ISD Device Check-Out and Technology Support Forms

Date & Time for Check-Out and Assistance

Date:  Every Wednesday, beginning April 15, 2020 

Time:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (each requestor is provided a designated time for pick-up during these hours)

Location: Educational Support Complex - 6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, Texas 77494

Students and staff must complete a Device Check-Out Form if a device is needed, or the Parent/Student Technology Support Form if a device is not working, or is in need of repair.  Individuals making such requests will receive an email from devicecheckout@katyisd.org that will indicate a designated time for device pick-up between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

One device is issued per family unless your campus principal determines there is a need beyond the one device. If so, it is requested that families communicate with their principal about such needs.  Principals may send updated requests to devicecheckout@katyisd.org. Families do not need to complete the Device Check-Out Form multiple times.

Travel – Students & Staff

All student and staff travel is suspended through Friday, July 31, 2020.  Travel includes field trips, conferences, competitions and all out-of-town trips. 

UIL Practices & Competitions

UIL has notified the Katy ISD Athletic Department that all practices and competitions are suspended for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school year. 

Vendor Services

Katy ISD has ceased normal business operations due to COVID-19.  Staff is working remotely and has limited access to technology.  However, the District is working to continue to pay vendors for services as quickly possible during Katy ISD’s facilities closure.  Any questions should be directed to Terri Dowdle.

Questions?

Contact: coronavirus@katyisd.org.  


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