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Join Us in exploring and addressing student and school needs as we prepare for the District`s 2022 Strategic Plan.  Open to all Katy ISD Community Members.  Morton Ranch High School, Octover 21 from 6 p.m. to 8: p.m.  Tompkings High School, October 2,  6

 

 

Return to School Updates - Oct 22Return to School Updates - Oct 22<div class="ExternalClass05723B78E4DF4BFC8C28943F53A649FA"><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify">​ <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/16d21ffc812dca9698d55af7d3235383/_BackToSchool_email_%25284%2529.png" alt="RTS" width="700" height="120" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>October 22, 2021</strong> <br> </p> <p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,  </p> <p>Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!  <br>Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year. </p> <hr /> <p><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" style="display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" /></u></strong> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">Legacy Parent Academy</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span><br><strong>The Upstanders Documentary </strong> <br>If you were unable to attend the live screening of The Upstanders at Legacy Parent Academy on October 20, 2021, and you wish to watch the documentary, you may access the film by using the link below. All viewers will need to enter their email address and create a password to access the film; this allows us to track the number of views. Participants will not receive unsolicited emails from iNDIEFLIX that are not related to the screening. <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/indieflix/play/6162fe4b95b07a009e6ca475"><strong>https://watch.eventive.org/indieflix/play/6162fe4b95b07a009e6ca475</strong></a> </p> <p><strong>Content Warning: The Upstanders discusses bullying and suicide which some may find upsetting and may not be appropriate for younger children. </strong> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</u></strong> </span><br> Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>. </p> <p>The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the district’s main page. </p> <p><strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid" width="261" height="44" /><br> The District’s online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person. </p> <p><strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong> <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus. </p> <p><strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="appt" width="247" height="53" /><br>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot. </p> <p><u>Operation:</u> <br>Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. <br>Location: 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX 77493 <br><u>Eligibility</u>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification. </p> <p>Appointments: <a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a> <br><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em> <br>If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong> </span> <br>Students who attend in-person learning and elect to isolate due to COVID or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). Students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days utilizing this option. </p> <p>Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student’s home campus. If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>. </p> <p><strong><u>Homebound Services </u></strong> <br>The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which may require in-home academic support. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>WHO TO CONTACT?</u></strong> </span> <br><strong>KVA Grades K-5:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a> <br><strong>KVA Grade 6:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA6@katyisd.org</a> <br><strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a> <br><strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED:</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">HEALTH SERVICES</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> </strong> </span> </p> <p>All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>. </p> <p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong> <br> <strong>WHEN: </strong> <strong>November 4th</strong><strong> </strong> </p> <p><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM <br><strong>Location:</strong> Martha Aki Project Tyke building </p> <p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information: <br><strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured <br><strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS <br><strong>BRING</strong>: Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child’s Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured. Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards. <br> <br> <strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES </strong> <br>* Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured. <br>* FLU vaccine for $15.00 </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong> </span><br>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022. While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include: </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong> <br>Pre-K programs <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams <br>Summer Meals </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong> <br>Summer school tuition <br>Advanced Placement exams <br>SAT and ACT test fees <br>College application fees <br>Career and Technical Education fees </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx">Pay N’ Go</a>. </p> <p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update. Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year. </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u><span style="color:red;">TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</span></u></strong><span style="color:red;"> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents, as the school year progresses, we want to ensure that you have the resources at your fingertips.<strong> Follow the links below to find helpful resources. </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Parents/Students Technology Support Inquiries Online</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please enter a ticket into the parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page) </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs <span style="color:blue;"><br> </span></a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> *Please note, the Parent Tech Support phone number (281-396-7400) is returning to an info line only, providing details for support. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="SpeakUP" width="198" height="199" /><br></span>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</u></strong> </span> <br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong> <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include: </p> <ul> <li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC). </li> <li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP. </li> </ul> <p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences. </p> <p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority! </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elem" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>Gifted and Talented</u></strong><strong> </strong> </span></p> <p><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">Deadline</span> <u>October 29th, 2021</u></strong> </p> <p><strong>1</strong><strong><sup>st</sup></strong><strong> through 4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grades parent checklist:</strong> <br>Parents who wish for their child to be screened for GT services beginning 2022-2023 school year must fill out and submit the parent checklist on or <u>before October 29</u><u><sup>th</sup></u><u>, 2021</u>. For more information and to obtain a parent checklist, contact your child’s regular campus Challenge teacher. </p> <p><strong>Kindergarten and 5</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grade checklists:</strong> <br>The submission windows for Kindergarten and 5<sup>th</sup> grades have closed. If you submitted an online parent checklist for your KVA student, there is no need to resubmit. The Challenge teacher on your child’s campus has your information. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</u></strong><strong> </strong> <br></span>Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus. Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents’ support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child’s elementary campus communications. <strong> </strong> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong><u><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" width="699" height="88" /></u></strong> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ATHLETICS</u></strong> </span><br> Upcoming Seasons <br> We are right around the corner from the start of HS Swim & Dive, HS Wrestling, and JH & HS Basketball. For more information about each of these sports, reach out to your campus athletic department or head coach of the sport. </p> <p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device. For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong> <br></span><strong>Fine Arts Performances List</strong> </p> <p>For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information: <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</u></strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /><br><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</u></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><br></span>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SCHOOLINKS</u></strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="schoollinks" width="151" height="150" /><br>SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Katy ISD is accessible in 6th-12th grades by students and their parents. </p> <p>SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff. </p> <p><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong> </p> <ul> <li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys </li> <li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges </li> <li>Create course plans based on career pathways </li> <li>Take virtual reality college campus tours </li> <li>Search for scholarships </li> <li>Learn about financial aid </li> <li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities </li> <li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields </li> <li>Create digital portfolios / resumes </li> <li>Communicate with counselors </li> <li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan </li> </ul> <p><strong>Student Login:</strong> <br>Students will login to SchooLinks via my Katy Cloud <br>Then select SchooLinks logo </p> <p><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong> <br>Parents/Guardians will have login access to Schoolinks at a later date. <br> If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</u></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5e01975c3f73e649d41f04036e494fc5/Exempt2122_Icon.JPG" alt="exempt" width="198" height="198" /><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3c86ddff42d2192b8cf42f90c84ac4f4/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="199" height="199" /></span><br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference. </p> <p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria. All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form). </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>CHILD FIND</u></strong><strong> </strong> <br></span>Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link. </p> <p><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</u></strong> </span><br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course. The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to: </p> <ul> <li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten; </li> <li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and </li> <li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year. </li> </ul> <p><strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child: </p> <ul> <li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and </li> <li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Things to consider:</strong> </p> <ul> <li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year. </li> <li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science). </li> <li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age. </li> <li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript. </li> <li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered. Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s). The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student’s transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student’s GPA. </li> </ul> <p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course. Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>. A campus representative will be in contact. Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level. If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained. </p> <p>Additional information is available at: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</u></strong> <br></span><strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong> <br>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up”, will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester. </p> <p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence. If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you. </p> <p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus. Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion. A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</u></strong> <br></span>Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester. Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values. </p> <p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students. </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong> </p> <p> </p> </div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Slated to Host Education Summits Katy ISD Slated to Host Education Summits <div class="ExternalClass3FC03FB4EC12485B840FE52E7910DA5E"><p>Katy Independent School District will host two education summits open to all Katy ISD community members as it prepares to update the District’s strategic plan. <br></p><p>The District will seek input on a wide range of critical topics, including: <br></p><ul><li><p>​The skills and competencies needed for students now and in the future</p></li><li><p>Preparing schools to effectively deliver educational opportunities</p></li><li><p>Well-being/mental health resources to help students succeed in school </p></li></ul><p>“Participants will engage in facilitated brainstorming sessions designed to inform the development of the District’s upcoming two-year strategic plan. Those in attendance will also have the unique opportunity to learn about the Katy ISD K-12 experiences as described through the eyes of a student panel,” said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer. </p><p>The first education summit will take place on Thursday, October 21, at Morton Ranch High School, located at 21000 Franz Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second summit will happen on Tuesday, October 26, at Tompkins High School, located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at both events.   </p><p><a href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=4oq7MOZb2Ea0iUk_U8HEZUuhohe2YCVKhHonbZxNkBtUQ1VOSjNaR00yR01MTUYyWElKMVlNWVJZTy4u" target="_blank">Members of the community should RSVP</a>. </p><p> </p><p>For more information<a href="/strategicdesign/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> visit Katy ISD’s strategic plan​</a>.<br></p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Oct 15Return to School Updates - Oct 15<div class="ExternalClassF41FE5BCDA8745CDB584B4DAD51C22E8"><br>​ <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p style="text-align:center;">     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY LOCATION UPDATE</strong></span><strong>   </strong>  <br> Due to Cinco Ranch High School Homecoming Parade, Legacy Parent Academy will only be held at one site.<br> Title: Being an Upstander Against Bullying  <br> When: October 20, 2021  <br> Where: Legacy Stadium<br> Time: 6:00-7:30PM   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</strong></span>           <br> Please click here for Katy ISD's most up to date <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf">Safe Return to School Plan</a>.     <br> <strong>NEW</strong> The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the district's main page.  Updates made to plan include: </p><p> <strong> Page 9 – Stage 4: MITIGATION</strong> </p><ol start="5" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Students and staff associated with a mitigated classroom(s) / program(s) can elect to return to school /work with a lab confirmed negative COVID-19 test, voluntarily provide vaccination documentation or elect to self-isolate for up to 10 days. </li></ol><p> <strong>Page 13 – Continuity of Services</strong> </p><p>In the event students are impacted by a communicable disease including COVID-19 and required to self-isolate, the District will offer Intermittent School to Home academic support during the extended absences from in-person learning.  </p><p> <strong>COVID Self-Reporting App</strong>            <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid" style="width:237px;margin:5px;" /> <br>The District's online COVID-19 Reporting System allows staff, students, and parents to self-report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District's Emergency Operations Management team to conduct contact tracing, as well as call and notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.          </p><p> <strong>Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID Positive</strong>          <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child's campus.      </p><p> <strong>Student and Staff COVID Testing</strong>      <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid" style="width:247px;margin:5px;" /> <br>Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center is located at the Agricultural Sciences Center. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Operation:</span>        <br> Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    <br> Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493        <br> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Eligibility</span>: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.        </p><p>Appointments: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO836kTHFZug$">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</a>      <br> <em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>        <br> If you have additional questions, please email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a> related to this program.         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>INTERMITTENT HOME TO SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong></span>          <br> Students who attend in-person learning and elect to isolate due to COVID or any other medical condition requiring an extended absence, will have access to the Intermittent Home to School learning option, allowing students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas). Students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days utilizing this option.          </p><p>Students are encouraged to continue to report a COVID-19 positive via the COVID-19 Self Report APP. Beginning on Monday, August 16, in-person learning students who self-report a COVID-19 positive, may select via the APP, Intermittent School to Home academic support. The academic support is specifically for in-person students to access missed assignments via Canvas when absent from school for an extended period of time. <strong>Student Devices for Intermittent Learning: </strong>Students may use a personal device, or a campus issued device for Intermittent Learning. After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. The librarian at the home campus will receive the request. The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student's home campus.  If the parent does not receive an email, contact <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a>.        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES</strong></span><strong> </strong>     <br> All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.        </p><p>Katy ISD Health Services Department is partnering with Texas Vaccine Institute is proud to announce a low cost, immunization opportunity for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the optional, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>      <br> <strong>WHEN: October 21st </strong>         </p><p> <strong>Time: </strong>2:00PM – 5:00PM      <br> <strong>Location:</strong> Martha Aki Project Tyke building       </p><p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:        <br> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured        <br> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS        <br> <strong>BRING</strong>:  Campus Nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE NOTIFICATION" form, Child's Personal Immunization Record, Insurance Card if insured. Accepting Cash/Credit/Debit Cards.      </p><p> <strong>OPTIONAL VACCINES </strong>  <br> * Pfizer COVID vaccine at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.         <br> * FLU vaccine for $15.00                 </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>         <br> In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Free</strong></span>        <br> Pre-K programs        <br> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra       <br> Career and Technical Education certification exams       <br> Summer Meals       </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Discounted</strong></span>       <br> Summer school tuition        <br> Advanced Placement exams        <br> SAT and ACT test fees        <br> College application fees        <br> Career and Technical Education fees        </p><p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pay N' Go</span>.               </p><p>In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students' continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong></span>           <br> Parents, as the school year progresses, we want to ensure that you have the resources at your fingertips.<strong> Follow the links below to find helpful resources. </strong>           <br> <strong>Parents/Students Technology Support Inquiries Online</strong>           <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page)         <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs            </a><br><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx"> </a> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>    </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> MESSAGE FROM THE KATY COUNCIL PTA PRESIDENT</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Dear Katy ISD family,    </p><p>Our PTAs are hard at work all over Katy ISD planning events to engage and support our students, families and Katy ISD staff! Now is a great time to jump and get involved with your school and PTA! </p><p>Congrats to Bonnie Holland Elementary PTA, Keiko Davidson Elementary PTA, and Jenks Elementary PTA for receiving the National School of Excellence award! The<a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.pta.org/docs/default-source/files/programs/school-of-excellence/2021/2020-2022-national-pta-school-of-excellence-roster_351.pdf__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21AZZoMsYh2vEapXyKHoygraYRDgqRN3IIwbyxAPmMzg6rgFeGQkDLwaDxBqyEaVuzpJg$"><strong> National PTA Schools of Excellence</strong></a> are designated in recognition of their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.</p><p>If you haven't already, I invite to join a Katy ISD PTA at  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.joinpta.org/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21AZZoMsYh2vEapXyKHoygraYRDgqRN3IIwbyxAPmMzg6rgFeGQkDLwaDxBqyEHOn0pjA$">www.joinpta.org</a>.  Everyone is welcome to join (moms, dads, guardians, grandparents, friends) via one transaction.   </p><p>Sincerely,  <br> Cathleen Pittman, President <br> Katy Council of PTAs <br> <a href="mailto:katycouncilpres@gmail.com">katycouncilpres@gmail.com</a> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGACY PARENT ACADEMY</strong></span><strong>   </strong>  <br> Title: Being an Upstander Against Bullying  <br> When: October 20, 2021  <br> Where: Legacy Stadium and Cinco Ranch High School PAC  <br> Time: 6:00-7:30   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UNITY DAY</strong></span>  <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/908cfc543fa4e3eab950da415fa7dcd5/UnityDay.png" alt="unity day" style="width:596px;margin:5px;" /> <br>As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Katy ISD will participate in Unity Day on October 20, 2021. Unity Day is an event created by PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) that invites school communities to come together to wear and share orange as a supportive and universal message of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.  </p><p>Click <a href="/parents/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx">HERE</a> to check out more about Bullying Prevention in Katy ISD.   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong></span>    <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speak up" style="width:129px;margin:5px;" /> <br>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all district websites, computers, and district devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to district administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.        </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT DEVICES</strong></span>     <br> Student Devices will be issued if a student needs to go on Intermittent Learning.          <br> After a student self-reports, a question will prompt the student if he or she needs a device and/or hotspot. <em>Note: A student may use a personal device</em>.         <br> The librarian at the home campus will receive the request.          <br> The librarian will email the parent with a pickup date and time at the student's home campus.           <br> If the parent does not receive an email, contact the<em> </em><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Help Desk</a><em>.</em>         </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT DISCIPLINE</strong></span>           <br> <strong>Updates for 2021-2022</strong>           <br> The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 <a href="/dept/legal/Documents/Discipline%20Management%20Plan.pdf"><em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em></a> on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/go.boarddocs.com/tx/kisd/Board.nsf/files/C4XKRP5324DF/$file/Detailed%2a20Summary%2a20of%2a20Changes%2a20for%2a202021-22%2a20DMP.pdf__%3bJSUlJSUl%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzxG40Jsg$">here</a>. Two significant changes include:           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).           </li><li>Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.           </li></ul><p>Parents and students should review the <em>Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct</em> each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.                 </p><p>Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>KATY VIRTUAL ACADEMY (KVA) GRADES K-6*</strong></span>           <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a4418f7785c0f1f71d224681d33c0930/kvak6.png" alt="KVA" style="width:151px;margin:5px;" /> <br>On Monday, October 4, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted to uphold the October 15 scheduled end date for Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Grades K-6 online learning program.  KVA students are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Monday, October 18.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Returning to In-Person Learning at Home Campus</strong></span>  <br> <strong>Parents planning to return their KVA enrolled child(ren) to in-person learning are NOT required to withdraw or re-enroll their child(ren).  </strong>Following the conclusion of the elementary nine-week grading period on Friday, October 15, the KVA administrative team will ensure all KVA students are re-enrolled at their home campus in preparation for in-person learning on Monday, October 18.  Homeroom teacher information for students in grades kindergarten through fifth will be available via the Home Access Center (HAC) on Sunday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. Schedules for sixth-grade students will also be accessible through the HAC on that same date and time. Questions regarding your child's return to in-person learning on October 18 may be directed to the KVA administrative team at (281) 234-2060 or <a href="mailto:kva@katyisd.org">kva@katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Intermittent School to Home Learning</strong></span>  <br> We understand that many of our families are experiencing health and other challenges as a result of the pandemic.  As a reminder, the Intermittent School to Home learning option is available to students who elect to isolate due to any medical condition requiring an extended absence. This option is available to students for up to 20 total cumulative days. Intermittent School to Home learning allows students to access and stay current on assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas).   </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Homebound Services</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>The District's homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which may require in-home academic support.</p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>WHO TO CONTACT?</strong></span>        <br> <strong>KVA Grades K-5:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>         <br> <strong>KVA Grade 6:</strong> (281) 234-2060/ <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA6@katyisd.org</a>         <br> <strong>COVID concerns:</strong> 281-396-7499/ <a href="mailto:covid19responses@KatyISD.org">covid19responses@KatyISD.org </a>        <br> <strong>Intermittent Home to School Academic Support:</strong> Contact your Campus Facilitator           </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>KVA GRADES K-6 GRAB & GO FOOD SERVICE</strong></span>          <br> The last curbside meal distribution will be on Tuesday, October 12, to cover meals from October 13-15. All students will have access to free meals at their campus when they return to in-person learning on October 18.  </p><p>Katy ISD is excited to welcome back our 3,287 KVA Gr. K-6 students to in-person learning on October 18.  Please refer to the 2021-2022 <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf"><strong>Return to School Safety Plan</strong></a> for updated safety protocols information. Please note, that per the COVID-19 Dashboard, active cases have been on the decline since the start of the school year, and there have been no campus or classroom closures due to the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our utmost priority as we continue to safely support in-person learning and student programs.  </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Gifted and Talented</strong></span><strong> </strong>  <br> <strong>Deadline </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 29th, 2021</strong></span>  <br> <strong>1</strong><strong><sup>st</sup></strong><strong> through 4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grades parent checklist:</strong>  </p><p>Parents who wish for their child to be screened for GT services beginning 2022-2023 school year must fill out and submit the parent checklist on or <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before October 29</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><sup>th</sup></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">,  2021</span>.  For more information and to obtain a parent checklist, contact your child's regular campus Challenge teacher.     </p><p> <strong>Kindergarten and 5</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> grade checklists:</strong>  <br> The submission windows for Kindergarten and 5<sup>th</sup> grades have closed.  If you submitted an online parent checklist for your KVA student, there is no need to resubmit.  The Challenge teacher on your child's campus has your information.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS</strong></span><strong>      </strong>          <br> Each campus will communicate their 2021-2022 plans for hosting lunch visitors. The campus lunch visitor procedures may vary from campus to campus.  Birthday treats (food, gift bags, etc.) will not be accepted at campuses this year district wide. Each campus will communicate how student birthdays will be acknowledged: through morning announcements, a token from the principal, etc. We appreciate our parents' support and please look for specific information regarding lunch visitors and birthday celebrations via your child's elementary campus communications.   <strong> </strong>      </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ATHLETICS</strong></span>           <br> Upcoming Seasons          <br> We are right around the corner from the start of HS Swim & Dive, HS Wrestling, and JH & HS Basketball.  For more information about each of these sports, reach out to your campus athletic department or head coach of the sport.   </p><p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>.   </p><p>The High School Team Tennis and Cross Country seasons are coming to a close.  The District Cross Country meets are scheduled for October 12 (6A) and October 14 (5A), both at Rushing Park.  Team Tennis playoffs are scheduled for Tompkins, Jordan, Seven Lakes, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, and Paetow for October 13.  See <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.rankonesport.com/Schedules/View_Schedule_All_Web.aspx?D=E60DB75B-3AB2-4FE7-B746-0735376AFB5B__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO836zv7PjIA$">Rank One Sport</a> for schedule details.  </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>FINE ARTS</strong></span>        <br> <strong>Fine Arts Performances List</strong>   </p><p>For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS</strong></span>     <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" style="width:132px;margin:5px;" /> <br> <strong>High School Transcript Request</strong>           <br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through ScribOrder. The link to request can be found on your high school campus Registrar page or here: <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 will reach out to the campus registrar to make a request. Should you have questions, please contact your campus registrar for assistance.                 </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</strong></span>      <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" style="width:128px;margin:5px;" /> <br>Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> and clicking on the Home Access Center tile. Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank. Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO8359R1b7JA$">Scribbles</a>.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>:</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> INTRODUCING SCHOOLINKS</strong></span> <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" style="width:135px;margin:5px;" /> <br>SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Katy ISD is accessible in 6th-12th grades by students and their parents. <br> <br>SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff. <br> <br> <strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys </li><li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges </li><li>Create course plans based on career pathways </li><li>Take virtual reality college campus tours </li><li>Search for scholarships </li><li>Learn about financial aid </li><li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities </li><li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields </li><li>Create digital portfolios / resumes </li><li>Communicate with counselors </li><li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan </li></ul><p> <strong>Student Login:</strong> <br> Students will login to SchooLinks via my Katy Cloud <br> Then select SchooLinks logo </p><p> </p><p> <strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong> <br> Parents/Guardians will have login access to Schoolinks at a later date.   <br> If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/hello.schoolinks.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21C6_Z0-MLIuQwN3vRaZgn4EwFueItvMDmhZmiZIYwvBmvj0ezgj7smpfvc_OO837u1UvxLQ$">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a> </p><p> </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong></span>    <br> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5e01975c3f73e649d41f04036e494fc5/Exempt2122_Icon.JPG" alt="exempt" style="width:131px;margin:5px;" /> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3c86ddff42d2192b8cf42f90c84ac4f4/image004.png" alt="exempt" style="width:128px;margin:5px;" /> <br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">My Katy Cloud</a> “Exemption Information" tile now available for quick and easy reference.     </p><p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria.  All absences will count toward the 8 maximum allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 22-23 exemption form).   </p><p> </p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parents" style="width:699px;margin:5px;" /> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>CHILD FIND</strong></span><strong> </strong>          <br> Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student's school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.          </p><p> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</strong></span>           <br> The 87th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1697, which amends state law to allow parents and guardians to elect for a student to repeat a grade or retake a high school course.  The legislation, which went into effect on June 16, 2021, gives parents or guardians the right to opt for their child to:              </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>repeat pre-kindergarten or enroll in pre-kindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;           </li><li>repeat kindergarten or enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade; and           </li><li>for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.           </li></ul><p> <strong>For the 2021-2022 school year only</strong>, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and           </li><li>for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.           </li></ul><p> <strong>Things to consider:</strong>           </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For children in grades one through eight, repeating may be right for your child if he/she struggled learning while remaining virtual most of the year.           </li><li>For students who took high school courses, repeating one or more courses may be right for your child if he/she struggled in a foundational course (e.g., Algebra I or Computer Science).           </li><li>For children interested in high school varsity sports, review <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/c7wNxo2qRFq5cwMRK1WreQ%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QraHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudWlsdGV4YXMub3JnL3BvbGljeS9lbGlnaWJpbGl0eVcHc2Nob29sbUIKYO6IAfdg2xINHlITc2FuZWViZWxsQGdtYWlsLmNvbVgEAAAAAQ%2a%2aA__%3bfn5-fn4%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZKIM0OZF$">eligibility rules</a>based on student age.           </li><li>If a high school student received a passing grade for the course that they are requesting to repeat, they will keep their original grade on their transcript.           </li><li>During the 2021-2022 school year, students may retake a high school credit course, that was previously passed, to ensure foundational knowledge and skills were mastered.   Students who elect to retake a high school credit course to ensure mastery of the course curriculum will receive a PASS/FAIL grade at the end of the semester(s).  The PASS/FAIL grade will post to the student's transcript and the PASS/FAIL grade will not calculate into the student's GPA.            </li></ul><p>According to the new law, parents or guardians are required to notify the District in writing if interested in having their child retained a grade level or retake a high school credit course.  Parents may email their request to <a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</a>.  A campus representative will be in contact.  Please note that a school district may disagree with a parent who elects to have their child repeat a grade level.  If a district disagrees, the district must convene a retention committee and meet with the parent or guardian to discuss the proposed retention. After the parent/ guardian has participated in the retention committee meeting, the parent or guardian will decide if the student will be retained.             </p><p>Additional information is available at:  <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/B1l5MMzEi1DM96XhEoRo7A%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QhaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3JlcGVhdGdyYWRlVwdzY2hvb2xtQgpg7ogB92DbEg0eUhNzYW5lZWJlbGxAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAB__%3bfn5-%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZL-fkm6_$">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</a> and <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/QpWAMMDqYRUuRgmz4el5AA%2a%2aA/AAAAAQA%2a/RgRi2DUIP0QjaHR0cHM6Ly90ZWEudGV4YXMuZ292L3Jlc3RhcnRraW5kZXJXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmDuiAH3YNsSDR5SE3NhbmVlYmVsbEBnbWFpbC5jb21YBAAAAAE%2a__%3bfn5-fg%21%21N081aGSY%21AdzYRJZ0Lp5va2CU7rSc8wbDxWTpnyBP2VMdYv6f_eyhSMHsztsIncIeZCXebg-Y$">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</a>           </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</strong></span>          <br> <strong>Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</strong>          </p><p>All lessons meet the requirements that are mandated by the state and are aligned with the Texas Essentials Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  A film on growth and development, “Always Changing and Growing Up", will be shown to fifth grade students during the spring semester.              </p><p>This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence.  If you have already spoken with your child about this topic, the program will refresh the facts you have offered and reaffirm the healthy behaviors he/she has learned from you.            </p><p>Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus.  Parents have the right to opt out of having their child view the film and participate in the discussion.  A permission form will be sent home prior to the instruction to indicate if your child will or will not view the film and/or participate in the discussion.      </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</strong></span>        <br> Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester.  Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as, personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.          </p><p>All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Holt Lifetime Health by Rinehart and Winston is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents also have the right to have their student opt out of human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.         </p><p> <strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong> </p><p> <br> </p></div>
Katy ISD Trustee Elected to Serve on State Association Board Katy ISD Trustee Elected to Serve on State Association Board <div class="ExternalClassCE16474F20044FC1A02AE7D11B0EA6DE"><p>Dawn Champagne of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees has been elected to a one-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors, Region 4, Position E. </p><p>Established in 1949, TASB exists to serve local Texas school boards. The association represents more than 7,999 publicly elected school board members who provide local governance and oversight for more than 5.4 million Texas students.<br></p><p>“I look forward to serving Katy ISD in this capacity and working alongside other school board leaders to chart the best future for Texas public schools," said Champagne. <br></p><p>Champagne was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in 2018 and has been an active volunteer in the District and community since moving to Katy in 2001. Most recently, she was president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and vice-president of Project Grad 2018 at Taylor High School. She has served on campus and bond advisory teams, as well as the Katy Council of PTAs. Champagne has also served as a KEYS mentor since 2015, and was named Volunteer of the Year for McMeans Junior High in 2016 and Taylor High School in 2018.</p><p> <a href="https://www.tasb.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">​For more information visit TASB</a>.<br></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/DawnChampagne.jpg" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:227px;vertical-align:baseline;" /><br></div><div><br></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented ServicesKaty ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services<div class="ExternalClassF19328A5F62D4C038405EA6EC4B6315D"><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which include observations and standardized tests.  The secondary GT service model is a Specific Subject Matter Aptitude model.  Identified students in grades 6-12 are served in one or more of the four core content areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Advanced Placement (AP) and KAP curricula are differentiated to meet the unique needs of gifted learners.  AP/GT and KAP/GT courses are taught by teachers who have received training in the education of the gifted.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning October 4, 2021, Katy ISD students in grades 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted and talented program.  Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student's school or from the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/Secondary-GT-Service-Grades-6-12.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD website</a>.   KVA parents will receive an e-mail with a link to submit an online form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist for students in grades 6-11 is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>November 12, 2021</strong></span>.  Checklists that are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2022-2023 school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2021 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students who are currently receiving GT services and wish to be screened for services in additional areas must submit the <a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Request%20for%20Additional%20Service%2021-22%20-%20fillable.pdf" target="_blank">Request for Additional Services</a> on or before <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>November 12, 2021</strong></span>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.  Elementary and secondary parent checklists may be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a>. <br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented ServicesKaty ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Services<div class="ExternalClassB7F66F0908574378B083315C2DD17E60"><p style="text-align:justify;">The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which include observations and standardized tests.  The GT program for elementary students in Katy ISD consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning October 12, 2021, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 can be referred for screening for the 2022-2023 gifted and talented program.  Parents must complete a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student's school or from the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/GT/Documents/Elementary%20Parent%20Checklist%20-%20%28English%29.pdf">Katy ISD website</a>.  To submit an online form, parents may contact the campus Challenge teacher.  KVA parents will receive an e-mail with a link to submit an online form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist for students in grades 1-4 is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>October 29, 2021</strong></span>.  Checklists that are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2022-2023 school year.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A GT Awareness presentation for parents of students in grades 1-4 will be available on the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented website on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2021 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.  Elementary and secondary parent checklists may be found on the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>

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It is the policy of Katy ISD not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, religion, color, gender, age, or national origin
in its educational programs and/or activities, including career and technology programs, nor in its employment practices
and to provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

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