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Katy Independent School District

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols- FAQs

Katy ISD has implemented a COVID-19 protocol that includes a self-reporting APP, process to determine risk of exposure for students and staff, a communication process that requires direct contact with those deemed directly exposed to COVID-19, and a general notification for students and staff assigned to a particular campus or worksite.  In addition, the District provides a COVID-19 testing site for staff in the event a COVID-19 test is recommended.   Reports of positive COVID tests for both employees and students are reported through the COVID-19 APP available via the My Katy cloud.  Every report of a COVID-19 positive is examined and investigated to ensure the mitigation of spread occurs.  Work sites and campuses that sustain a threshold of positives per the COVID-19 mitigation stages may result in a partial or total closure of the campus or work site until the site is thoroughly sanitized and disinfected.   The Emergency Management team led by Mr. Ruben Martinez in collaboration with the superintendent, district leadership and county health officials ensure the COVID-19 safety protocols are enacted in all COVID-19 cases. Reports of more than one COVID-19 positive report will result in increased scrutiny to determine next steps, which may include the closure of a classroom, grade level, campus or work site.  Students impacted by a temporary closure of a campus will continue their learning via the Intermittent School to Home learning plan provided in a virtual environment and supported by their campus teachers.   


1. Who is paying for the masks and supplies that being supplied?

Katy ISD provides all PPE needs at campuses and departments through a centralized purchase and inventory process.  


2. If a Teacher is exposed and quarantined waiting on COVID testing results, does that teacher's personal children have to stay home while awaiting the results which sometimes takes days to receive?

Yes, anyone living with a person confirmed positive for COVID-19 should not return to campus or worksite.  In-person students that are absent from school due to COVID-19 concerns may continue to receive instruction via the District’s intermittent school to home learning plan.  


3. Do the children in the teacher's class stay home waiting on results?

In preparation for the return to school and in-person instruction, COVID-19 mitigation and contact tracing protocol will be finalized and to ensure compliance with all current guidance from the CDC, TEA, state and county authorities.  

4. What if the teacher has several classes, do all of the students stay home during this time?

In preparation for the return to school and in-person instruction, COVID-19 mitigation and Contact tracing protocol will be finalized and to ensure compliance with all current guidance from the CDC, TEA, state and county authorities.  


5. If a student tests positive, who all is being quarantined?  Are they being quarantined pending test results?

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 may report their test result via the District’s COVID-19 electronic self-report and should remain at home until negative for COVID-19.  Each situation and determining who must quarantine will depend on the amount of interaction and proper use of PPE including facial coverings..


6. If a child's family member is infected, will that child be allowed to come to school?

No.  Anyone living with a person confirmed positive for COVID-19 should not return to school or workplace.


7. Will all other students/teachers who are in contact with said child have to be quarantined also?

Each situation and determining who must quarantine will depend on the amount of interaction and proper use of PPE including facial coverings.


8. What symptoms will a child have to be deemed someone who needs to be tested?

Any student identified as having symptoms will be referred to the campus nurse just as with any other illness and the parent recommended to seek medical attention.  Parents will determine when their child requires a COVID-19 test.


9. Children get the stomach bug and sniffles; will they be required to test every time?

Any student identified as having symptoms will be referred to the campus nurse just as with any other illness and the parent recommended to seek medical attention. Parents will determine when their child requires a COVID-19 test.


10. Will some guidelines be provided to parents?  

Yes.  COVID-19 mitigation and communication protocols are being finalized in preparation for the return to school and in-person instruction.


11. Will there be a contract that students and teachers/staff will have to sign? A contract that they will abide by with the safety measures they are expected to take.

No.  Katy ISD will not require staff and students to sign a contract.




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