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Katy Virtual Academy - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does KVA mean?

    KVA stands for Katy Virtual Academy and is the District’s virtual instructional option for students who choose to learn from home. 

  2. How can I enroll my child in KVA?

    Parents may enroll their child into KVA for the fall 2020 semester by logging into PowerSchool.  The KVA enrollment option is available beginning on Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 7, 2020.  Students who elect to begin the school year enrolled in KVA may elect to return to in-person instruction at the end of a six-weeks (secondary) and nine-week (elementary) grading period.  KVA enrolled students are not allowed to return to in-person instruction prior to the close of a grading period.

    It is recommended that KVA enrolled students have a dedicated technology device with audio and camera capabilities. Broadband internet access is required as well.  Please indicate on the KVA commitment form via PowerSchool if your child is in need of a device and/or internet access. 

    Note:  Parents who plan for their children to return to campus for in-person instruction do not have to submit a commitment form.  

  3. If my child is new to Katy ISD, how do I enroll my child and select the KVA learning option?

    Please go to the Online New Student Enrollment & Registration site to register and enroll your child if new to Katy ISD.  During the online registration process, parents may select the KVA virtual learning option.

  4. If my child is enrolled in KVA, will they still be associated with their home campus?
    Yes.  KVA enrolled students will continue to be connected to their home campus.   However, your child’s KVA virtual teachers may not be associated with the home campus.  Parents will continue to receive communication from the home campus and may participate in campus activities once the campus Return to School Phase 1 protocols are relaxed.

  5. Will KVA last for just the Fall semester or the entire 2020-2021 school year?
    KVA will be conducted for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  Please remember, Students who elect to begin the school year enrolled in KVA may elect to return to in-person instruction at the end of a six-week (secondary) and nine-week (elementary) grading period.  KVA enrolled students are not allowed to return to in-person instruction prior to the close of a grading period.
    Updated July 21, 2020

  6. What are the next steps following my child’s enrollment in KVA?

    Parents will receive an electronic notification confirming their child’s enrollment in KVA.  As information is finalized in preparation for the start of KVA virtual instruction on Wednesday, August 19, parents will receive updated guidance from KVA personnel.
     If you have any questions regarding the start of the school year and your child’s enrollment in KVA, please email KVA@katyisd.org or call 281-234-2060.

  7. Can I change my child’s enrollment into KVA to in-person at the home campus before the first day of school on Wednesday, August 19?
    The change can be accommodated if your decision to elect in-person instruction at the home campus is made by midnight on Friday, August 7, 2020.  Your request to revoke your child’s KVA enrollment and request in-person instruction at the home campus may be emailed to KVA@katyisd.org.  

  8. If my child is enrolled in KVA on the first day of instruction, when can my child elect to attend in-person instruction at their home campus?

    Parents will be provided the opportunity to return their children to in-person instruction at the home campus prior to the end of a six week (secondary) or nine week (elementary) grading period.  Once the grading period has closed and grades are finalized, students may return to their home campus on the first day of the next grading period.

    Students who attend in-person instruction may elect to enroll in KVA and begin virtual instruction at the end of the six week (secondary) and nine week (elementary) grading period.

  9. If my KVA enrolled child elects to return to in-person instruction at the end of the grading period, will my child have the same teachers when he/she returns?

    Staffing of KVA assigned teachers is not campus specific.  There is no guarantee that if your child returns to in-person instruction at their home campus that they will have the same teacher(s). 

    Students who elect to leave in-person instruction at the end of the grading period and enroll in KVA may not have the same teachers as provided during in-person instruction.

  10. Will there be a KVA meet the teacher opportunity?

    KVA teachers will make contact with their KVA students and families prior to the first day of school.  We anticipate the KVA teachers using technology to meet students and parents/guardians.

  11. Will there be any changes to the attendance policy this year?

    There will be no changes for students opting to take in-person instruction.  Students attending KVA will have the same daily and period attendance requirements as those choosing in-person instruction; although, students and teachers will engage virtually.

  12. How will attendance be taken for KVA?

    Just as with traditional on-campus attendance, teachers will take and post attendance as if the students were physically present on the campus.  Students and teachers will be logged in during the official attendance taking time and engage throughout the instructional day as directed by The Texas Education Agency (TEA).  Some specialized courses (i.e. CTE, Fine Arts, Athletics, et al) will not be delivered in-person or real time; however, daily engagement and progress will be required.

  13. How do I report my child’s absences from KVA virtual classes?

    Further information will be provided on how to report your child’s absences from KVA virtual classes.

  14. Will grading  guidelines be different for virtual instruction vs. in-person instruction?

    No, according to TEA guidance, the grading guidelines for virtual instruction must be consistent with the district’s policies for in-person instruction.

  15. Will courses taken for high school credit in KVA be included in GPA calculations, class rank (top 10%) and quartile rank?

    Yes.  Courses taken by students participating in KVA high school credit courses will be included in calculating GPA, class rank (top 10%) and quartile rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.

  16. What will the online platform be for KVA?

    Students will engage in virtual learning through the district learning management system, Canvas.  Additional instructional resources will be available just as they are available with in-person instruction.

  17. Will parents be provided resources to support their child’s virtual learning in KVA?

    Students will have access to digital and physical resources. Students should follow the instructions for logging into MyKaty Cloud to access digital resources. In order to make arrangements for collecting physical items, contact KVA@katyisd.org. Also, your child’s KVA teacher will be able to assist.

  18. Does a KVA student require access to a technology device and internet to participate in KVA?

    Yes.  KVA students will require access to a device and internet.  The device may be a personally owned device. Technology devices for must have audio and camera capability.
  19. Will Katy ISD provide a technology device and internet for KVA enrolled students?

    A technology device may be checked-out to your student through Katy ISD.  Parents may request a device through a designated Student Device Request Form, which will be made available on August 6.   There are several Internet Service Providers where you can obtain free or reduced Internet.  If you are unable to obtain Internet service through the provider.  Complete the Parent Help Desk Form.

  20. Are IPADs and smart phones acceptable for use by KVA enrolled students?

    Tablets and smart phones are acceptable for students in elementary grades to use (clarification: for 3rd-5th grade devices with keyboards are preferred, but NOT required). For Secondary, tablets/smart phones may be acceptable for some assignments, however, they will need access to laptops/Chromebooks/desktops with cameras and keyboards for some classwork and any testing. The teacher will be able to guide the student on each assignment.

  21. Will KVA enrolled students have access to instructional materials such as textbooks, library books, calculators, etc.?

    Yes.  KVA enrolled students will have access to all instructional materials that students attending in-person instruction have.  Parents may request an instructional material need by emailing KVA@katyisd.org.  

  22. What does the KVA virtual instruction and learning format include? (Include synchronous & asynchronous definitions)

    KVA virtual instruction will be available for students in grades PreK-12th grade. The Katy ISD Curriculum will be utilized and instruction will be delivered on a defined schedule. There will be a blend of both synchronous and asynchronous learning.  Synchronous Instruction is two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. Asynchronous Instruction does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time.  Teachers will teach virtually from their classrooms using best practices in online learning.  Students will receive direct instruction from their teacher and will have the opportunity to access their teachers during office hours.

  23. How will virtual instruction for the 2020-2021 school year be different from the virtual instruction provided during the spring 2020 school closure?

    Virtual instruction provided during the spring of 2020 relied heavily on concepts previously taught.  Teachers were learning how to deliver instruction online using tools like Canvas, SeeSaw, ZOOM, etc.  KVA teachers will receive professional development in August to be well-equipped to deliver rigorous instruction online. This fall, students will be interacting with their teachers in real time every day. Instruction will be based on the grade/course state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, as outlined in the Katy ISD Curriculum.

  24. Will the KVA virtual instructional day include live, teacher-led instruction for the full length of the school day?

    The KVA instructional day will include a blend of both synchronous, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students online, as well as asynchronous, instruction that does not require the teacher and student to be engaged at the same time, learning.  Learning opportunities will be on a schedule including the core content areas, PE, Music, Art, Lunch, and electives.  The instructional schedule will meet the minimum number of daily minutes for full day funding:  at least 3 hours for elementary and 4 hours for secondary.

  25. *UPDATED* What will a typical virtual daily schedule look like for a KVA student?

    The amount of instructional time listed on the sample schedules reflects the time allocated for that content area, not the amount of time a student is working in front of a computer. 
    Updated July 20, 2020

    List of “sample” schedules:
    Elementary Sample Schedule PreK-2
    Elementary Sample Schedule 3-5
    Junior High Sample Schedule
    High School Sample Schedule

  26. Will the KVA curriculum mirror the in-person curriculum?

    Both KVA and In-Person teachers will utilize the Katy ISD District Curriculum.  Instruction in both settings will be high-quality and rigorous.  Specific learning strategies will be used in KVA that are identified as effective best practices for virtual learning to ensure high student engagement and success.  

  27. Can KVA students enrolled in secondary asynchronous courses attend classes in person at their home campus during the instructional school day?

    No.  For the safety of our students and staff, students cannot go to the campus during the instructional school day. 

  28. Can KVA students enrolled in secondary asynchronous co-curricular/extracurricular courses attend scheduled practices and events before the start and at the end of the school day?

    Yes.  KVA students may report to their home campus for before school and after school practices, competitions and performances.  KVA students will remain enrolled with their home campus co-curricular/extracurricular teacher, coach and director.

  29. Is my child eligible to enroll in KVA courses that may require in-person instruction at their home campus?

    Yes.  The list of courses per the in-person Instruction Chart may require in-person instruction in addition to KVA remote instruction in order to satisfy curricular requirements which are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.  Some courses may require specialized equipment, direct supervision of required hands-on activities and/or access to specialized equipment and technology.  The in-person instruction may require students to participate before the start or at the end of the instructional day in their UIL enrolled course.
    Updated July 23, 2020

  30. Is my child eligible to enroll in KVA CTE courses that require in-person instruction at Miller Career Center?

    Yes.  The list of courses per the in-person Instruction Chart will require students enrolled in CTE courses at Miller Career Center to attend in-person Monday through Friday in order to satisfy curricular requirements which are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.  The Miller Career courses require specialized equipment, direct supervision of required hands-on activities and/or access to specialized equipment and technology.
    Updated July 23, 2020

  31. If my child is enrolled in a KVA course that will require in-person participation, can I opt out of the course requiring in-person participation?

    Yes.  If your child is enrolled in a course at Miller Career Center or at your child’s home campus that requires in-person participation, you may request a schedule change into another KVA course that does not require in-person participation.  Please email the KVA support staff at KVA@katyisd.org to request a schedule change into a KVA course that does not require in-person participation.

    Updated July 23, 2020

  32. Will transportation be provided for KVA enrolled students to attend their before the start of and after the end of the instructional day co-curricular/extracurricular program?

    No.  KVA enrolled students must have their own transportation to and from campus to attend the before and after school student programs.  KVA students are eligible for transportation when attending an away event with their co-curricular/extracurricular program participants.

  33. What about KVA students and receiving their specific related services?

    KVA students will receive all services determined by their ARD committee. Most related services such as psychological services and other therapies will be provided virtually; however, certain services may require students to access a Katy ISD campus or facility such as the Jeanne Coleman Support Annex (JCSA).  

  34. Will KVA enrolled students receive special education services?  And, how will ARDs be held?

    Yes, KVA students will receive special education services as outlined in their schedule of services by their ARD committee. Instructional supports such as in-class support, resource classes, dyslexia intervention, accommodations and modifications will be provided in KVA by special education professionals.  ARDs for KVA students will be held virtually through ZOOM. 

  35.  Will KVA students identified as Gifted and Talented be provided services?

    Yes, students identified as Gifted and Talented who select KVA, will be served in an online format.  The Katy ISD Curriculum will be used and services will be provided by Katy ISD Gifted and Talented certified teachers.  

  36. Will advanced placement courses (AP) be offered for students enrolled in KVA?

    Most AP courses will be offered in a virtual format. The following AP courses, AP Physics I and II, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science, will be offered as hybrid courses which requires students to attend school for lab work when needed in order to cover the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
    Updated July 20, 2020

  37. Will students be able to take Dual Credit courses for college credit?

    Dual Credit courses will be offered both virtually and in-person.

  38. Is Pre-Kindergarten in the KVA setting a full day or a half day program?

    KVA will offer a full-day Pre-Kindergarten like the In-Person instruction model.  

  39. My child is in a Two Way Immersion (TWI) program. Will this program be available in the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA)?

    No, TWI students opting for KVA will be enrolled in a one-way dual language virtual class. Efforts will be made to group TWI students in the same virtual classroom. If you elect to return to in-person instruction, your child will return to the TWI in-person program.

  40. Will KVA students identified as Dyslexic be provided services?

    Yes, students identified with dyslexia who select KVA, will be served in an online format.  The Katy ISD Curriculum will be used and services will be provided by Katy ISD certified teachers.

  41. Will KVA students receive PE?

    Yes, students who select KVA will receive physical education instruction.  

  42. Will KVA students receive Fine Arts?
    Yes, elementary students who select KVA will receive both music and art instruction.
     Secondary students may select fine arts courses through KVA. 

    Note:
      Katy Virtual School (KVS) offers students high school credit courses in a virtual environment.  It is optional for Katy ISD students to take KVS courses outside of the instructional day.  KVS courses allow students the opportunity to obtain additional high school credits in addition to their regular fall and spring semester instructional day courses. There is an associated tuition cost for students electing to take a KVS course.  

    The following resources to national, state, and local county COVID-19 support are provided to further assist you to contend with this pandemic.

CDC Exposure Guidelines

Texas COVID Support

Harris County COVID Support

Fort Bend County COVID Support


Secondary Assessment

*NEW* Will my secondary student take proctored assessments?

Yes, junior high and high school students will take proctored online assessments. The software (Proctorio) will monitor students just as if they were in the classroom with the teacher.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* What type of device is needed for an assessment?

The student will need to use a Chromebook, Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* Will a smartphone, tablet, or iPad work?

No.  These types of devices will not work and must not be used.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* Will my student need to enable the camera on their computer?

Yes, your student will need to enable the camera on the computer just as if he/she was on a video conference call with their teacher.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* Will my student receive instructions on how to take an assessment?

Yes, your student will receive instructions on how to take an assessment and have an opportunity to take a practice assessment.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* Where will the assessments be administered?

Assessments will be online using the computer. Assessments will be given in Canvas.

Updated July 20, 2020

 

*NEW* Who and when can view the Proctorio information and video? 

If the teacher believes there are suspicious activities during the exam, the teacher of the course and the Katy ISD Proctorio Admin can have access to view the information and video.

Updated July 20, 2020





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