Safety & Security
A safe learning environment for all students is the top priority of the Katy Independent School District. Assessment, planning, development of protocols, training and evaluation are key components in ensuring that our students’ education will not be disrupted by any safety concerns and that our staff are properly trained to respond to any emergency situation.
The Texas Education Code defines bullying as engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district that:
Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property, or
Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Katy Connect Hotline
KatyConnect is a crisis hotline available 24/7 to secondary students who need to talk to someone about a problem they are experiencing. In addition to the phone line, there are texting and chat components which
allow students to communicate concerns in the manner most comfortable for them.
Who answers the hotline calls?
Calls and texts are answered by trained and certified call counselors.
What are the qualifications of the counselors taking the calls?
Each counselor is certified through the American Association of Suicidology. It is a 40 hour training course that includes 20 hours of observation. Call counselors are required to have an additional 20 hours each year of in service training/seminar/educational workshops.
Are the calls recorded?
No. Calls are not recorded.
What possible actions does the receiver of the communication take with the information provided by the student?
This is an anonymous counseling program. Counselors help the callers decrease their anxiety and with coping skills to manage crises.
Are parents notified when a communication is received from or pertaining to their child?
Parents are called, if the student provides the information, when the caller is at imminent risk of suicide, if there is suspicion of abuse, or the student requests communication. If the risk is imminent and the caller will not provide a parent’s name, the police are called for rescue. Authorities are also called if abuse is confirmed.
Access information for KatyConnect is printed on the back of ID badges for all secondary students as follows:
KatyConnect at (281) 234-2326
Random Drug Testing
The purpose of the Katy ISD Random Drug-Testing Program is to ensure the health and safety of students. It is intended to serve as a deterrent to the use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol by offering students a credible means for resisting peer pressure. This program also affords the District the opportunity to offer support and assistance to any student, who may be using illegal drugs, performance-enhancing drugs, and/or alcohol.
Safe Drug Free School & Communities
The purpose of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program is to support comprehensive drug use prevention and violence prevention. Specifically the program is to:
Prevent violence in and around schools
Prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
Involve parents and communities
Empower students through P.O.W.E.R. Academies taught by KISD Police
Coordinate with related federal, state, and community efforts and resources to foster safe and drug free
This system allows students to alert district/campus officials of concerns about other students that may include bullying, potential violence, drugs, and weapons without being identified. Access SafetyNET.
Each campus has a school safety liaison that is responsible from planning, mitigating, and responding to safety and security issues. To report a safety and security concern related to school property or a school-sponsored event, call; the specific campus principal, or school safety liaison.
The truancy enforcement officers work closely with campus administrators to prevent unexcused absences. However, when all interventions fail, criminal charges are brought against the students or parents who intentionally violate the state compulsory attendance statutes. For more information about compulsory attendance laws, visit the Katy ISD Police Department website or call the Police Department at (281) 237-4000.