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Governor Abbott has directed school districts to re-open for in-person instruction this fall, as well as offer parents the option for virtual instruction. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) further mandated that in-person instruction follow a Monday through Friday schedule. The Katy Independent School District will offer in-person learning with multiple safety protocols and COVID-19 prevention measures, and a virtual option via the Katy Virtual Academy. Both options will follow the
Board adopted 2020-2021 instructional year calendar.
Option 1: In-Person Instruction
In person instruction includes face-to-face instruction, in addition to the utilization of the digital learning management system, Canvas, for other in-class supports and resources. Canvas can also be utilized as a virtual resource that provides a platform for continuous learning should there be an intermittent return from school to home instruction due to COVID-19. Daily attendance is taken.
Option 2: Katy Virtual Academy (KVA)
The KVA instructional framework encompasses a schedule in which students are able to engage in two-way, real-time, live instruction with teachers that is delivered through technology devices (also known as synchronous instruction). KVA students can communicate and request support from teachers when needed. Students engage with their academic material on a daily basis and the KVA instructional schedule meets the minimum number of required daily minutes per the TEA. Daily attendance is taken.
The majority of secondary courses are offered in a virtual format that is real-time, live instruction with assigned teachers. However, some secondary courses that are offered in a virtual format require before- and after-school participation with the assigned teacher (co-curricular and extra-curricular courses). Also, some secondary courses are offered in a hybrid format which requires students to fulfill in-person course requirements in accordance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKs).
The TEA definitions for synchronous instruction and asynchronous instruction:
Remote Synchronous Instruction:
Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected snapshot time. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, 28.002
Remote Asynchronous Instruction: Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, 28.002
All KVA classes are taught by a Katy ISD certified teacher and follow the Katy ISD curriculum which encompasses the TEKS and Texas graduation requirements. KVA classes are taught using Canvas and online digital curriculum resources. Resources and instructional materials, including technology devices, textbooks, library books and calculators, are available for student check-out for home use.
Please note: KVA may not be able to support some instructional programs and course offerings that would otherwise be available to enhance student experiences such as certain Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. More information about this will be available soon.
General questions regarding Katy Virtual Academy, please email: KVA@katyisd.org
Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Commitment
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 Wednesday, August 5, 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-weeks (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 and broadband internet access. Please indicate on the KVA commitment form via PowerSchool if your child is in need of a device and/or internet access.
If your child receives special services i.e. special education, ESL/bilingual, gifted and talented, dyslexia, and you have questions, please direct them to the following email for a response from program staff.
Annual Enrollment Update via PowerSchool
During the week of August 3, parents and guardians who have an email address on file with the District will receive a unique Snapcode for each of their enrolled students. Parents and guardians who have not provided an email address will receive their Snapcode by US postal mail.
If you do not receive a Snapcode by the designated date, or you are having issues with PowerSchool enrollment, please contact your student's campus or submit a Help Desk ticket and a Technology staff member will contact you within 24 business hours.
Option A: In-Person (On-Campus)
Traditional on-campus attendance procedures continue for the 2020-2021 school year.
Option B: Virtual Instruction (KVA)
Just as with traditional on-campus attendance procedures, official attendance is taken during scheduled KVA classes. A student is considered absent if the student does not have documented engagement in Canvas and/or daily contact with the teacher, and/or documentation of completion of daily assignments.
Per TEA’s COVID-19 guidance regarding transportation, Katy ISD is implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures between each bus trip. Therefore, additional time is now required between bus trips. For the 2020-2021 school year, the instructional day start and end times have been adjusted to accommodate the enhanced hygiene protocols.
High School: 7:15 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Elementary 1: 7:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Elementary 2: 8:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Junior High: 8:55 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
“Grab and Go” Meal Program
Curbside “Grab and Go” meals will be available to all Katy ISD students from August 19 through September 4, at 23 distribution sites, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Meals will be charged at the student’s eligibility – free, reduced, or paid
- Breakfast: $1.25 ($.30 reduced)
- Elementary Lunch: $2.25 ($.40 reduced)
- Secondary Lunch: $2.75 ($.40 reduced)
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications is available at SchoolCafe
Students will be offered breakfast and lunch daily. Students can choose both meals, or one meal. This option is available to students once per day. Duplicate meal requests at different distribution sites will not be allowed.
Students can pick up their meals at any of the
23 food distribution sites most convenient for them.
Students must have their student ID or proof of enrollment (with student ID number available) to receive a meal. School IDs for the 2020-2021 school year will be distributed by students’ home campuses on August 17 and 18, more information to come.
Parents picking up their student’s meals will be required to present a 2020-2021 student ID or proof of enrollment for the student.
Curbside Grab and Go Meals beginning September 8
Meal Payment Information:
Payment for meals is encouraged to be cashless through the Pay N' Go App.
Cash and checks for meal payment will be accepted curbside and change will be deposited on the student’s account.
Students’ positive and negative cafeteria account balances from last year have rolled forward to the current school year.
Students enrolled in KVA follow the same grading guidelines as in-person instruction. Teachers receive support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grading guidelines are followed in both instructional models.
There are no changes to the Katy ISD grading guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.
The attendance requirement for fall 2020 final exam eligibility has been waived. High school students may elect to exempt a final exam if the semester average and behavior requirements are met.
Character Strong – A District character trait program has been adopted to support social and emotional learning
Trained personnel for in-person and virtual are available to provide resources and strategies to support students’ social and emotional well-being
Trained personnel for in-person and virtual are also available to provide trauma informed practices and to support students and are well versed in how to report potential behavioral threats
Counselors and LSSP’s are also available to support students and families in the virtual environment
Student Support Services Parent Resources
Technology for Virtual Learning
All students may use their personally-owned laptops, computers and/or smart devices for intermittent and KVA virtual learning. Parents with a child(ren) in need of a device, may request a device through the Student Device Request Form which will be available on the Smart ReStart webpage beginning on Thursday, August 6.
Curbside “Grab and Go” campus distribution of devices will take place on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18. Students’ campuses will communicate their “Grab and Go” schedules. Campus “Grab and Go” check-outs will include distribution of all devices requested via the Online New Student Enrollment & Registration, the Katy Virtual Academy commitment form, the Annual Student Update in PowerSchool and/or the
Device Request Form.
Need Free or Reduced Cost Internet Access?
Katy ISD has compiled a list of resources for students, parents and staff for Low Cost Internet Options.
Parent/Student Technology Support (Students and Parents)
Parents and students communicate their requests by filling out a form, E-mail or by calling 281-396-7400.
The preferred method of
contact from parents and students is through an online form.
Parents can email the team at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and the team will reply to them.
Parents and students can call 281-396-7400.
If a parent or student does not reach the team, they can leave a voice message.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday