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Katy ISD Expands District of Innovation Designationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1572Katy ISD Expands District of Innovation Designation<div class="ExternalClassE81C365F7F92487994ED8E2C3A594712"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Focused on most effectively meeting the needs of more than 89,000 students, tonight the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a new 2022-2027 District of Innovation (DOI) Plan.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">For the past five years, as a state-designated DOI, Katy ISD has been allowed to exempt certain Texas Education Code provisions such as the school start date, teacher certification and the designation of campus behavior coordinators.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The newly approved DOI will add the following elements to existing exemptions:</span><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Student Suspension</li><li>Attendance for Class Credit or Final Grade</li><li>Excused Absences (Related to College Visits) </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> “Through the DOI process, we were able to compile a plan that focused on the educational needs of our students and its staff members in alignment with Katy ISD's vision and mission statements, and its beliefs and goals," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information visit the <a href="/dept/legal/Pages/District-of-Innovation.aspx">Katy ISD District of Innovation</a> website.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Names Newest Elementary School after Former Educatorshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1571Katy ISD Names Newest Elementary School after Former Educators<div class="ExternalClassF5A0D1C810E44C0F909DF7F0990585E9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's newest elementary school will soon proudly display the names of two former, long-time Katy ISD educators, Dr. Steve and Mrs. Elaine Robertson.  During tonight's Board of Trustees meeting, </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Steve & Elaine Robertson Elementary</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> was unanimously approved as the name for the District's 44</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> elementary school. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Robertson's have dedicated 64 combined years to public education.  Dr. Robertson began his career as an elementary teacher in Spring Branch Independent School District in 1985. His passion for school leadership led him to roles in Conroe Independent School District and then Katy ISD, where he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal, and eventually as an assistant superintendent for secondary school leadership and support.  In these roles, Dr. Robertson led school improvement efforts, increased student performance, and provided support and mentorship to staff and campus leadership.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Robertson began her career with West 10 Cooperative in 1987 as a deaf education elementary teacher.  She chose to focus on her family for a few years but returned to education in 1997 as a parent-infant advisor for Katy ISD.  Mrs. Robertson assumed the leadership role of instructional officer for deaf education, vision and assistive technology in 2002.  In this role, she wrote grants to fund innovative instruction, provided engaging and inspiring staff development sessions, and served on inclusion teams and site-based management teams.  Mrs. Robertson also organized extra-curricular programs to bridge academic and social gaps between the deaf and hard of hearing and other students.  She was instrumental in establishing Katy ISD's Audiological Center.  In 2020, both educators retired from Katy ISD. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Steve  & Elaine Robertson Elementary will be located at 7400 Innovation Drive in the Cane Island subdivision.  This elementary school will provide enrollment relief to Bryant Elementary.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/121021_Photo_Steve%20and%20Elaine%20Robertson.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:270px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Steve & Elaine Robertson</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Former Educators & District Leaders</em></p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Approves New Principal for Sundown Elementaryhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1570Katy ISD Board Approves New Principal for Sundown Elementary<div class="ExternalClass97D3B14872D740E8BB9A5456DD91D084"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy ISD monthly board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. Kari Nelson Torres as the new principal of Sundown Elementary School.  Dr. Torres holds 28 years of experience in K-12 public education and is excited to begin her new role with the Sundown Elementary family and community this week.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Torres began her career as a junior high teacher in 1993 in Alief Independent School District.  During her time with Alief ISD, she also served as a language arts, social studies, GT and dyslexia specialist.  In 2006, Dr. Torres transitioned into a leadership role as a district ESL/bilingual instructional specialist and then ultimately the program supervisor of the district elementary program.  Fast forward to 2014 when she joined the Katy ISD family as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary, a role she held for two years, before accepting a position at WoodCreek Junior High as that school's student support administrator.  Most recently, Dr. Torres has served as assistant principal at Adams Junior High.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I'm excited to continue the existing traditions of the Sundown 'Armadillo' family as well as create new adventures along the way," said Dr. Torres “Along with the Sundown team of educators and parents, we will work together to provide each student a safe, supportive and positive environment," added Torres.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Dr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Science in Educational Management, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/012122_SE_Principal%20Kari%20Torres.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:263px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Dr. Kari Nelson Torres</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Principal of Sundown Elementary</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br></p></div>
It's Rodeo Time! The 79th Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show Kicks Off Soonhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1569It's Rodeo Time! The 79th Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show Kicks Off Soon<div class="ExternalClassEB3191A380944910A01BE954F9A50B3A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For 79 years now, the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show has provided opportunities for students to develop and showcase their talents in a diverse range of agricultural pathways.  This year, the District is excited to once again partner with the Katy Rodeo Committee to continue this tradition during the week of February 15-19 at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Students will compete in categories including steers, goats, lambs, hogs, broilers and rabbits.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We have over 450 FFA students participating in our livestock show. These students, with the support of their agriculture teachers, have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort with their animal projects. It takes commitment from not only the students but also their family, as these animals require care throughout the year," said Dr. Sarah Martin, Director of Career & Technical Education.  “The 'prize' is not limited to placing within your class, earning a buckle or a spot in the auction. It is the overall experience our students have from selection to show. This year is extra special as we will also formally dedicate the Gary A. Vos Project Center prior to the live auction. We are excited to honor the tradition of FFA and the people who have made this program the best in the state," added Martin.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Katy ISD FFA events and activities have continued to provide students with opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills.  The public can support Katy ISD FFA students through auction and barn sale purchases along with add-on donations via in-person or online.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:        </strong><strong>    <br></strong><strong>79</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show & Katy Rodeo</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:         <br> </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, February 15, 2022</strong></span></p><p>4 p.m.             Swine Weigh-In       <br>5 p.m.             Broiler Show            </p><p><strong></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Wednesday, February 16, 2022</strong></span></p><p>10 a.m.           Special Rodeo         <br>7 a.m.             Broiler Barn Sale<br>2 p.m.             Rabbit Show<br>3 p.m.             Steers, Goats & Lambs Weigh-In</p><p> <strong>Thursday, February 17, 2022<br></strong>7 a.m.             Rabbit Barn Sale<br>8 a.m.             Swine Show            <br>1 p.m.             Steer Show  <br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance</p><p><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">​Friday, February 18, 2022</b><b><u><br></u></b>7 a.m.             Swine & Steer Barn Sale<br>8 a.m.             Goat Show                           <br>10 a.m.           Lamb Show<br>1 p.m.             Auction Sale Meeting                                 <br>5 p.m.             Goat & Lamb Barn Sale<br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Saturday, February 19, 2022<br></strong></span>7 a.m.             All Species Barn Sale        <br>9:30 a.m.        Katy Rodeo Parade            <br>11 a.m.           Buyers' Luncheon (By Invitation Only)                <br>1 p.m.             Live Auction <br>7 p.m.             Rodeo Performance           </p><p>For additional information:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/dept/cte/Pages/Katy-ISD-FFA-Livestock-Show-.aspx">Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show</a></li><li><a href="http://katyrodeo.org/index">Katy Rodeo</a></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Jan 21https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1568Return to School Updates - Jan 21<div class="ExternalClass89D46AC0DE1C4BF98D77546CAFCFC9FE"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69850ac3d5a2a2f0ee82bbcd05e3ade2/Spring__Updates_4.png" alt="SPring Updates" width="799" height="146" /></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 21, 2022</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!                    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.                   </span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3fffe49a29ce9ba48973d94fc897fb2b/RTS_Banner.png" alt="RTS Banner" width="700" height="128" /></span> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN- updated 01/18/2022</strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec540b6caab3692a7af7baecb0e44cad/SRTS_Plan.JPG" alt="safe return to school" width="275" height="48" style="color:#000000;" /><br></span>Updates include: <br><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>1. (Page 2) An individual that is awaiting results from a COVID-19 test should stay home until the results are received. </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>2. (Page 4) Student Out of State Travel for district sanctioned event </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>3. (Page 7) Updated UIL guidance for students who tested positive to participate in UIL activities.  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>Reminder: </p> <p>Quarantine protocol for students who test positive is 10 days as per the Texas Education Agency (TEA) <a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf">Public Health Guidance</a> and the state Department of State Health Services (DSHS) <a href="https://dshs.texas.gov/covid19readmission/">COVID-19 School Readmission Criteria</a>. </p> <p> <br> <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#800080;"><strong> STAGE 3 MODIFIED OPERATIONS </strong></span>continue to remain in effect on all campuses and facilities. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will began the spring semester at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjFhYjc6YTE4Y2Y2NjQyN2I2NzkyNWQxMDFjY2M2ZGY3MjQxZmJmMDk2NzJkMmJlNmZmNzEwZGYwN2JjYjhiNmQ1YTZiODpo">Stage 3 Modified Operations <em>(SRTS Plan p. 10)</em></a>. The District anticipates all sites remaining in Stage 3 Modified Operations through January 31, and returning to the less restrictive Stage 4 or 5, by February 1. Families are encouraged to review the <a href="https://gis.katyisd.org/covid/">Katy ISD Dashboard</a> to monitor their child’s school and facility sites.   </p> <p>NOTE: Katy ISD continues to utilize mitigation techniques from Stage 4, while a campus is in Stage 3, to continue to mitigate for a potential spread of the COVID-19 virus as best possible. </p> <p>For detailed explanation of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols, please refer to the   <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjkxYmI6MDhjMDNjZWE4MGY5YThiZWFmZDdmNGE3ZTQ4M2JhMjRlZjBiOGE3OTU1YjAzNzNjODFjMGZiZGRiNmZlMjI0Zjpo">Katy ISD’s Safe Return to School (SRTS) Plan.</a>   </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SECONDARY STUDENT</strong> <strong>EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION WAIVER</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2b33f544d07547aef4dfc419626f5499/Picture2345.png" alt="Transportation Waiver" width="118" height="119" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Transportation Waiver is available to parents who wish to opt-out of District transportation services for secondary student extra-curricular activities. This opt-out option is available during Katy ISD’s Stage 3 Modified Operations only. Once a campus returns to Stage 4 or Stage 5, the opt-out option will cease. The opt-out form can be accessed through MyKaty Cloud via the Transportation Waiver tile. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>DISTRICT OPERATIONAL STAFFING CHALLENGES </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region and country. Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with significant absences due to illness, alongside more than 250 already existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KATY ISD IS HIRING!</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams,</strong> <strong>teachers, aides, and more!: </strong><a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>THE KATY ISD WELLNESS CENTER (<em>formerly COVID-19 TESTING CENTER</em>)</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/b133d4c371af7769be011018431f1449/Wellness_Center.png" alt="wellness center" width="624" height="149" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The Katy ISD Wellness Center (<em>formerly COVID-19 Testing Center</em>) will remain open on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><u>Hours of Operation:</u> Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Location: </u> 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Eligibility:</u></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD staff with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test. A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>COVID-19</u></strong><u> <strong>Student</strong> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the <u>www.katyisd.org</u> homepage to schedule  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appt" width="247" height="53" /><br></em><strong><u>Staff</u></strong><u> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Staff and their dependents do not require appointments.  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Have </strong><strong>other questions about COVID testing?  Take a moment to check out the </strong><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzozOWUwZDA4NjhjNjQ3ZWQ2MjYzNWI5MTY1YmExODhjNTo1OjQ5NTc6OTlhMzMwMjYyYjg3OTQ5N2NhYzE3YzIwNGQ2NzUxNThlMmNjNjRhODA0Y2JlYzM5NjFkY2FkZDcyNWJjZDA2Yjpo"><strong>Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here</strong></a><strong>.</strong>  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 SELF REPORTING APP</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid reporting app" width="249" height="42" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Staff, students and parents are asked 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 notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.                                                                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>STUDENT CLASSROOM & STUDENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION OF A COVID-19 POSITIVE</strong>        </span>         </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___http:/www.katyisd.org/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjRkYTI6NmM2Mzg3ZTVlNWM4ZGEwMmM4MTRmNzU1MWU5NjQxYWYzMTVjZDIzNGIwYmE4MGZlZmIzYzNmMTI4MzYwNTFjODpo">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">I</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>NTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong>  </span>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Intermittent School to Home” academic support program is extended through January 31, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Intermittent School to Home” academic support is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided to in-person students if two requirements are met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition, AND </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The total amount of remote conferencing “Intermittent School to Home” instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In addition, one of the following requirements must be met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has a positive test result for a communicable disease. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has been identified as having been in close contact for COVID-19 </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Each campus will have an assigned employee to serve as an Intermittent School to Home Campus Facilitator to assist students.  Please contact your child’s campus Intermittent School to Home Facilitator to request academic assistance with missed schoolwork.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HOMEBOUND SERVICES</strong>      </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjExNjY6MDI1NTUwNDVmNTEwMGFkMDUwMWI0NzAwYzk4OWUzNTcyNDNlODhkZmRhNWEzZmJmYTlmZGQ0ZjAwZmNiMzVkMDpo">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><span style="color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;">UPDATED</span> HEALTH <span style="color:#ff0000;">SERVICES </span></strong>             </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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>.                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the <strong><u>optional</u> Pfizer COVID-19 </strong>vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>                </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WHEN</strong>: February 3, 2022<strong> </strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>TIME:</strong> 2 – 5 p.m.                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>  Professional Development Annex Building                           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>BRING</strong>: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>OPTIONAL</u></strong><strong> VACCINES:</strong> Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>RANDALL’S PHARMACY <u>OPTIONAL</u> COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/daab12b1ca59ca43882ccfd73cbc1abb/randalls.png" alt="randalls" width="338" height="104" /></span><br><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: </span><a title="Protected by Avanan: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fmhealthsystem.com*2FKatyISD__*3B*21*21N081aGSY*21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0Rf" href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Furldefense.com%2a2Fv3%2a2F__https%2a3A%2a2Fmhealthsystem.com%2a2FKatyISD__%2a3B%2a21%2a21N081aGSY%2a21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0RfxFpCiOAPWPN2nJgdrU%2a24__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21N081aGSY%21FBJfijWJPGAC_3foolkpkpfNxoM6nWanqMaZiq5Wt01vjart-wtJVORdkoHQ0yohKq0$___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNjY5MGNjMDdhOWUyNWUyMzhlNzNiMzI3ZjVlMWRjNzo1OjVjYWE6OGJlMDE1NzRhODczODJiYzdhM2E0NjFmNzRiY2YxNTkwZjkyN2FkNjczMTAyMjIwN2I1OTFjMjY4YmNlOGVjMjpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;">.  </span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs. </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="student updates all" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">“NO HOMEWORK” NIGHT & WEEKENDS</span><br></strong>Katy ISD is excited to announce the return of “no homework night,” which has been expanded to “no homework weekends,” for the spring 2022 semester. We believe that it is important that during a busy spring semester that our staff and students have time to rest and recalibrate before an upcoming school week. Please click here to view the updated <a href="/Documents/Calendars/Instructional_Calendar_2021-2022.pdf">spring 2022 instructional calendar</a>. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20, 2021 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:                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Free</strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Pre-K programs                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education certification exams                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer meals                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Discounted</strong>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer school tuition                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Advanced Placement exams                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> SAT and ACT test fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> College application fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education fees                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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>.                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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.    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong>  </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /></span><br><br></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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.                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">2022- 2023 STUDENT TRANSFER APPLICATION</span></strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6cde324f0ca4fe11ffa5b03fe34cd259/SchoolTransfers.png" alt="schooltransfers" width="253" height="98" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The 2022-2023 Student Transfer Application window is now open and closes on Friday, March 11, 2022. The online application can be found on the <u>Katy ISD Student Transfers</u> webpage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your student is currently on a transfer, you must complete the Student Transfer Application for the 2022- 2023 school year by March 11, 2022. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2022-2023 school year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong>  </span>          </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 access our new 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 <br> </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;"> Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)      </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a009654f50a9ac60f0a18e32a812c1a/Class_of_3.jpg" alt="classof2022" width="800" height="146" /></span> </p> <p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> TRANSCRIPTS & CLASS RANK</strong>  </span> <br></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><br></strong></span><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="126" height="127" /><br>Katy ISD has been notified that there has been a slight delay in fulfilling requests for transcripts. We are resolving the issue as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience. You will receive an email once the request is completed. </p> <p>Please note, class rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is Top 10%, which will be noted numerically for rank.    </p> <p><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span> </strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENT</strong> </span><br> In accordance with <a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/TEC%2028.0256%20.pdf">Texas Education Code 28.0256</a>, seniors graduating in 2022 and thereafter must complete and submit, and show proof of submission, a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TAFSA).   </p> <p>Seniors who choose to opt out must complete one of the following options: </p> <ol> <li>The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that the parent or other person authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application; </li> <li>The student signs and submits the TEA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority have been removed for general purposes under Chapter <a href="https://texas.public.law/statutes/tex._fam._code_title_2_subtitle_a_chapter_31">31 (Removal of Disabilities of Minority)</a>, Family Code; or </li> <li>The school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor. </li> </ol> <p>The links below provide access to the TEA Opt-out form:   </p> <p><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf</a>  </p> <p><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf</a>  </p> <p>Your senior’s campus College and Career Facilitators will send out further instructions regarding how to submit proof of FAFSA or TAFSA submission or the TEA opt-out form by April 1, 2022.   </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span> SPRING <span style="color:#ff0000;">GRADUATION</span></strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6530112a109dd894102cf21f1bab936b/SpringGrad.png" alt="springgrad" width="707" height="199" /><br></span></p> <p>Class of 2022 graduations will be held in May at Legacy Stadium at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required for spring graduation ceremonies held at Legacy Stadium.  If you have any questions, please email <a href="mailto:classof22graduation@katyisd.org">classof22graduation@katyisd.org</a>.   </p> <p>In the event <strong>inclement weather</strong> is severe and impacts the scheduled evening ceremony, the graduation ceremony will be rescheduled to 9:00 a.m. the following day at Legacy Stadium.  However, every effort will be made to ensure the 8:00 p.m. evening ceremonies remain on schedule.  </p> <p>For Honor Cord, Cowl and Medal Acknowledgement, please check the link below.<br><a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Cords-Cowls-Medals.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Cords-Cowls-Medals.pdf</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c67a7e4b697ee40bd171ae7e8205e4e2/SummerSchool_2.jpg" alt="summer school" width="798" height="146" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">Secondary Summer School – Original Credit</span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a8031c3266476517f1b7ba580110d012/KVS.png" alt="kvs" width="268" height="85" /><br></strong><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org</a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS courses:  </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide flexibility in scheduling.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allow students to get ahead on credits.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.   </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility and KVS is an approved College Board Online Provider.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. </strong>Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/FAQs.aspx">Katy Virtual School FAQ,</a> or email <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All original credit summer courses will be offered exclusively through Katy Virtual School. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL - COURSE OR CREDIT RECOVERY </span><br> Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades who need course or credit recovery will open May 2, 2022.  Summer School will offer one summer session from June 14 through July 14.  More details will be available soon.   </strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ESL/Bilingual Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>English Language Development Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</strong> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</strong>   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" width="151" height="150" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 2022:  </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection information released to students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Friday, January 28:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 5th grade students go home with course selection sheet, due back to campus on or before February 4th </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Sunday, February 6: </strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary course verification  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary counselors complete course verification changes  </span></p> <p><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW </span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>Parent Access to SchooLinks</strong>  <br></span>Parents are now able to access SchooLinks via My Katy Cloud. Parents will need to log into MyKaty Cloud and then click the SchooLinks tile.   </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>ATHLETICS</strong>                        <br></span></span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please remember that Katy ISD and all District events are under Stage 3 Modification Operations. Katy ISD highly recommends the wearing of a facial covering at all athletic events. Currently, all athletic events are on schedule and can be found at: <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FINE ARTS</strong>   </span>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2022 High School Cheer Showcase </strong>      </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> On Monday, January 24<sup>, </sup>at 7pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), Katy ISD high school cheer programs will showcase their 2022 UIL Competition routines.  These teams will go on to compete on Jan 14 – 15 at the UIL Spirit Championships held in Ft. Worth. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts Event Calendar</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Musical Season is upon us!  We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing  fine arts productions that are held across the district.  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>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Note:</strong> For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>GPA EXEMPT</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa" width="149" height="156" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The GPA EXEMPT tile is located in MyKaty Cloud</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click the link below to access the 2021-2022 GPA Exempt information. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Documents/GPA_Exempt%202021-2022.pdf"><strong>GPA_Exempt 2021-2022.pdf</strong></a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students can submit GPA exemptions from <strong><u>January 4-February 18.</u> </strong>No exemptions will be accepted after February 18.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HOW DO STUDENTS ENROLL IN A GPA EXEMPT COURSE?</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets allof the criteria, they must: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">1.Complete the online GPA Exempt application. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">2.Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the application deadline for the first semester, may apply for the second semester if they meet the criteria.  </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong>   </span>    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/57c7785324272efb477280ceaa22f025/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="283" height="170" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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 maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 should reach out to the campus registrar to make a request.  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SCHOOLINKS</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that 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  is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.                                               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>          </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Build their Personal Graduation Plan        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create course plans based on career pathways          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Take virtual reality college campus tours          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Search for scholarships          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Learn about financial aid          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Find internship and volunteer opportunities          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create digital portfolios / resumes          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Communicate with counselors            </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Login:</strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit: </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>                  </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parent updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>LIBRARY BOOK INFORMATION</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/269f8e0077b23556f958434efd80cc30/onthego.png" alt="onthego" width="193" height="60" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo">Katy<em> OnTheGo</em></a> app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>PARTNERS WITH PARENTS (PWP): BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/97e89c44f330c0f476d20482d831a68b/PWP.png" alt="pwp" width="103" height="84" style="display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD values the continued partnership with our parents to ensure our students have access to the finest instructional resources available.  Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding an instructional resource and/or library books that may be in violation of Board Policy EF Local that pertains to the “pervasively vulgar" standard, are encouraged to fill out an online book review form via the Partner with Parents (PWP) Online Book Review app available on My Katy cloud. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">To access the PWP app, l<a href="http://mykaty.katyisd.org/">og in to MyKaty  </a>using your Katy ISD ID number and password.  Parents/guardians will use the same ID and password used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">PARENT COMMUNITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/39a4144588e6d3a821ed3f48c4d5caf7/CrimeStoppers.png" alt="crime stoppers" width="419" height="116" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Crime Stoppers Houston hosts the webinar series: S.A.V.E. (Safety Awareness. Valuable Education). This series serves as a platform for discussion on many topics that concern the safety of our schools and community.  These topics include: mental health, human trafficking, social media and internet safety. Please see the link for upcoming webinars available throughout the month of January. <a href="https://crime-stoppers.org/events/2022-01/">S.A.V.E. Webinar Series January</a> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>CHILD FIND </strong>  </span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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.                   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Celebrates Winter Graduationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1566Katy ISD Celebrates Winter Graduation<div class="ExternalClass29B60D5916C640AEB6ED3DC6E2D62914"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">High School Graduation is considered one of the most important milestones in a student's life, oftentimes described as a “rite of passage" to the next chapter in the graduate's journey.  Last night Katy ISD hosted the annual winter graduation ceremony honoring 105 seniors ready to begin the next chapter by pursuing a college or career path.  Seniors may elect to graduate mid-year for a variety of reasons and Katy ISD is proud to recognize their achievement.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“There are a variety of reasons why seniors elect to graduate mid-year.  Mid-year graduates may desire to enter the workforce immediately, enroll in college or a technical school for the spring or join the military, said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.   “Campus counselors and college & career facilitators are instrumental in advising students how to graduate mid-year if this is one of their goals" added Edwards. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Over the past two years, the Class of 2021 has faced much adversity, yet has consistently demonstrated strength and resilience," said Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board Trustee.  “They have learned remarkable academic and life lessons, and overcome challenges culminating in moments of triumph," added Vann. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to our Class of 2021 winter graduates!<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzzqXG">Pictures of the Winter Graduation Ceremony</a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br></p></div>
Two Katy ISD Yearbooks Named Finalists for Top National Awardshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1565Two Katy ISD Yearbooks Named Finalists for Top National Awards<div class="ExternalClass79EA305D4CD146818F205FB3A5765513"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Paetow High School </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Portfolio</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> yearbook and the Katy Junior High </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Tiger Tracks</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> yearbook have been named nationwide finalists for the coveted Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Crown Awards.  On an annual basis, CSPA vets and honors top school yearbook and newspaper publications for excellence in content, design, coverage, photography, as well as writing and editing. The Paetow </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Portfolio</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> “this WE know" edition, was one of 61 nationwide high school finalists, while Katy Junior High's</span><em style="text-align:justify;"> Tiger Tracks</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> “REDefine" was one of 13 junior high publications.  Additionally, both schools have earned the distinction of being selected as Balfour National Samples, which means that their yearbooks will be shown across the country, in Mexico and Europe, as a gold standard of what student publications should showcase. </span><br></p><p>“To be in the running to earn a Crown Award is one of the highest honors a student publication can earn. I am so incredibly proud of my students' achievement this past year," said Candice Thomas, former Katy <em>Tiger Tracks</em> adviser and current Haskett Junior High <em>The BluePrint</em> adviser.  “There were so many obstacles that they had to overcome this year, and to do so AND achieve such great feats, is unbelievable," added Thomas.</p><p>Both publications were completed via in-person and Katy Virtual Academy instruction.</p><p>“This would be the first Crown Award my program would receive in my career. Being named a finalist is a testament to the work my students do daily," said Sara Gonzales, Paetow <em>Portfolio</em> adviser. “I'm the lucky one to be on this journey with each of my students as their spreads become the moving art of the year. Each photograph, story, caption and headline makes the spread a memory that comes to life. We're incredibly proud and honored to have been named a Crown finalist," added Gonzales.</p><p>CSPA ceremonies will be held virtually in March 2022 to determine the Silver and Gold Crown winners.  </p><p>For more information about the 2021 CSPA Crown Award finalists visit <a href="https://cspa.columbia.edu/">cspa.columbia.edu</a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KJH%20Staff%2020-21.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:241px;" /><img src="/PublishingImages/KJH_Redefine.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:269px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Katy Junior High Tiger Tracks Yearbook Staff</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>“REDefine"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PHS_Picture_Yearbook%20Staff.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PHS_This%20We%20Know.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:237px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Paetow High School Portfolio Yearbook Staff</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>“this WE know"</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Seven Lakes High Cheer Wins Another State Championshiphttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1564Katy ISD Seven Lakes High Cheer Wins Another State Championship<div class="ExternalClass7C08CA9A71F048E5A8334B96FB614DA0"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">I</span><span style="text-align:justify;">t</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> was a competitive cheer event that brought together hundreds of cheer squads from across Texas, but it was ultimately the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) Spartan Spirit that prevailed, earning them the 6A UIL State Championship. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Two back-to-back championship wins is a reflection of the hard work and teamwork our student athletes demonstrate every day.  This year you could tell that the squad came back for more," said SLHS Cheer Coach Amy Weaston.  “This accomplishment adds on to our 2019 third-place state win," added Weaston.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Other Katy ISD teams who placed in the UIL Spirit State Championship events include:<br></p><ul><li>Tompkins High School Cheer Team – Third place at the 6A-D1 competition</li><li>Mayde Creek High School – Fifth place at the 6A-D1 competition</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School – Thirteenth place and Winner of Crowd Leading Award at 6A-D1 Competition </li></ul><span style="font-size:14px;">Jordan High School Cheer Team – Fourth place and winner Crowd Leading Award at the 5A-D2 competition</span><br style="font-size:14px;"><br style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-size:14px;">T</span><span style="font-size:14px;">he 2022 Conference UIL State Spirit Championship, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas, focused on showcasing cheer technical skills and sideline crowd-leading material in a game-day presentation format.</span><br><img src="file:///C:/Users/C1660359/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" alt="" style="width:624px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/011822_Picture_SLHS%20Cheer%20Championship%20Win.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:329px;" /> </p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Jan 14https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1563Return to School Updates - Jan 14<div class="ExternalClassBD59DB9BA8C347B8A9877C86CD5F4F0C"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69850ac3d5a2a2f0ee82bbcd05e3ade2/Spring__Updates_4.png" alt="SPring Updates" width="799" height="146" /></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 14, 2022</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!                    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.                   </span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3fffe49a29ce9ba48973d94fc897fb2b/RTS_Banner.png" alt="RTS Banner" width="700" height="128" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN- updated 01/05/21</span><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec540b6caab3692a7af7baecb0e44cad/SRTS_Plan.JPG" alt="SRTS Plan" width="250" height="43" /></span><br></strong><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>STAGE 3 MODIFIED OPERATIONS </strong></span>continue to remain in effect on all campuses and facilities, beginning Monday, January 3. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will begin the spring semester at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjFhYjc6YTE4Y2Y2NjQyN2I2NzkyNWQxMDFjY2M2ZGY3MjQxZmJmMDk2NzJkMmJlNmZmNzEwZGYwN2JjYjhiNmQ1YTZiODpo">Stage 3 Modified Operations <em>(SRTS Plan p. 10)</em></a>. The District anticipates all sites remaining in Stage 3 Modified Operations through January 31. It is anticipated that we will be able to return our campuses and facilities to the less restrictive Stage 4 or 5, by February 1. Families are encouraged to review the <a href="https://gis.katyisd.org/covid/">Katy ISD Dashboard</a> to monitor their child’s school and facility sites. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For detailed explanation of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols, please refer to the   <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjkxYmI6MDhjMDNjZWE4MGY5YThiZWFmZDdmNGE3ZTQ4M2JhMjRlZjBiOGE3OTU1YjAzNzNjODFjMGZiZGRiNmZlMjI0Zjpo">Katy ISD’s Safe Return to School (SRTS) Plan.</a> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SECONDARY STUDENT</strong> <strong>EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION WAIVER</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2b33f544d07547aef4dfc419626f5499/Picture2345.png" alt="Transportation Waiver" width="118" height="119" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Transportation Waiver is available to parents who wish to opt-out of District transportation services for secondary student extra-curricular activities. This opt-out option is available during Katy ISD’s Stage 3 Modified Operations only. Once a campus returns to Stage 4 or Stage 5, the opt-out option will cease. The opt-out form can be accessed through MyKaty Cloud via the Transportation Waiver tile. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>DISTRICT OPERATIONAL STAFFING CHALLENGES </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region and country. Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with significant absences due to illness, alongside more than 250 already existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KATY ISD IS HIRING!</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams,</strong> <strong>teachers, aides, and more!: </strong><a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> THE KATY ISD WELLNESS CENTER (<em>formerly COVID-19 TESTING CENTER</em>)</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/b133d4c371af7769be011018431f1449/Wellness_Center.png" alt="wellness center" width="624" height="149" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The Katy ISD Wellness Center (<em>formerly COVID-19 Testing Center</em>) will remain open on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><u>Hours of Operation:</u> Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Location: </u> 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Eligibility:</u></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD staff with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test. A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>COVID-19</u></strong><u> <strong>Student</strong> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the <u>www.katyisd.org</u> homepage to schedule  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appt" width="247" height="53" /><br></em><strong><u>Staff</u></strong><u> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Staff and their dependents do not require appointments.  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Have </strong><strong>other questions about COVID testing?  Take a moment to check out the </strong><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzozOWUwZDA4NjhjNjQ3ZWQ2MjYzNWI5MTY1YmExODhjNTo1OjQ5NTc6OTlhMzMwMjYyYjg3OTQ5N2NhYzE3YzIwNGQ2NzUxNThlMmNjNjRhODA0Y2JlYzM5NjFkY2FkZDcyNWJjZDA2Yjpo"><strong>Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here</strong></a><strong>.</strong>  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 SELF REPORTING APP</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid reporting app" width="249" height="42" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Staff, students and parents are asked 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 notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.                                                                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>STUDENT CLASSROOM & STUDENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION OF A COVID-19 POSITIVE</strong>        </span>         </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___http:/www.katyisd.org/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjRkYTI6NmM2Mzg3ZTVlNWM4ZGEwMmM4MTRmNzU1MWU5NjQxYWYzMTVjZDIzNGIwYmE4MGZlZmIzYzNmMTI4MzYwNTFjODpo">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">I</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>NTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong>  </span>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Intermittent School to Home” academic support program is extended through January 31, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Intermittent School to Home” academic support is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided to in-person students if two requirements are met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition, AND </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The total amount of remote conferencing “Intermittent School to Home” instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In addition, one of the following requirements must be met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has a positive test result for a communicable disease. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has been identified as having been in close contact for COVID-19 </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Each campus will have an assigned employee to serve as an Intermittent School to Home Campus Facilitator to assist students.  Please contact your child’s campus Intermittent School to Home Facilitator to request academic assistance with missed schoolwork.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HOMEBOUND SERVICES</strong>      </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjExNjY6MDI1NTUwNDVmNTEwMGFkMDUwMWI0NzAwYzk4OWUzNTcyNDNlODhkZmRhNWEzZmJmYTlmZGQ0ZjAwZmNiMzVkMDpo">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES </strong> </span>            </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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>.                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the <strong><u>optional</u> Pfizer COVID-19 </strong>vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>                </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WHEN</strong>: January 20, 2022<strong> </strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>TIME:</strong> 2 – 5 p.m.                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>  Professional Development Annex Building                           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>BRING</strong>: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>OPTIONAL</u></strong><strong> VACCINES:</strong> Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>RANDALL’S PHARMACY <u>OPTIONAL</u> COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/daab12b1ca59ca43882ccfd73cbc1abb/randalls.png" alt="randalls" width="338" height="104" /></span><br><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: </span><a title="Protected by Avanan: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fmhealthsystem.com*2FKatyISD__*3B*21*21N081aGSY*21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0Rf" href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Furldefense.com%2a2Fv3%2a2F__https%2a3A%2a2Fmhealthsystem.com%2a2FKatyISD__%2a3B%2a21%2a21N081aGSY%2a21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0RfxFpCiOAPWPN2nJgdrU%2a24__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21N081aGSY%21FBJfijWJPGAC_3foolkpkpfNxoM6nWanqMaZiq5Wt01vjart-wtJVORdkoHQ0yohKq0$___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNjY5MGNjMDdhOWUyNWUyMzhlNzNiMzI3ZjVlMWRjNzo1OjVjYWE6OGJlMDE1NzRhODczODJiYzdhM2E0NjFmNzRiY2YxNTkwZjkyN2FkNjczMTAyMjIwN2I1OTFjMjY4YmNlOGVjMjpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;">.  </span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs. </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="student updates all" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">“NO HOMEWORK” NIGHT & WEEKENDS</span><br></strong>Katy ISD is excited to announce the return of “no homework night,” which has been expanded to “no homework weekends,” for the spring 2022 semester. We believe that it is important that during a busy spring semester that our staff and students have time to rest and recalibrate before an upcoming school week. Please click here to view the updated <a href="/Documents/Calendars/Instructional_Calendar_2021-2022.pdf">spring 2022 instructional calendar</a>. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20, 2021 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:                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Free</strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Pre-K programs                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education certification exams                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer meals                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Discounted</strong>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer school tuition                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Advanced Placement exams                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> SAT and ACT test fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> College application fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education fees                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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>.                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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.    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong>  </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /></span><br><br></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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.                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">2022- 2023 STUDENT TRANSFER APPLICATION</span></strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6cde324f0ca4fe11ffa5b03fe34cd259/SchoolTransfers.png" alt="schooltransfers" width="253" height="98" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The 2022-2023 Student Transfer Application window is now open and closes on Friday, March 11, 2022. The online application can be found on the <u>Katy ISD Student Transfers</u> webpage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your student is currently on a transfer, you must complete the Student Transfer Application for the 2022- 2023 school year by March 11, 2022. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2022-2023 school year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong>  </span>          </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 access our new 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 <br> </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;"> Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)      </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a009654f50a9ac60f0a18e32a812c1a/Class_of_3.jpg" alt="classof2022" width="800" height="146" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA CALCULATION</strong>  </span> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="96" height="97" /></strong></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Class of 2022</strong>   </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12<sup>th</sup></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Official transcripts available in </strong><a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/"><strong>ScribOrder</strong></a><strong> on Tuesday, January 18<sup>th</sup></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is Top 10%, which will be noted numerically for rank.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENT</span><br> </strong>In accordance with <a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/TEC%2028.0256%20.pdf">Texas Education Code 28.0256</a>, seniors graduating in 2022 and thereafter must complete and submit, and show proof of submission, a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TAFSA). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Seniors who choose to opt out must complete one of the following options:</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that the parent or other person authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application;</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <ol start="2"> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student signs and submits the TEA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority have been removed for general purposes under Chapter <a href="https://texas.public.law/statutes/tex._fam._code_title_2_subtitle_a_chapter_31">31 (Removal of Disabilities of Minority)</a>, Family Code; or</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <ol start="3"> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor.</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The links below provide access to the TEA Opt-out form. </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf</a></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Your senior’s campus College and Career Facilitators will send out further instructions regarding how to submit proof of FAFSA or TAFSA submission or the TEA opt-out form by April 1, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WINTER GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Congratulations to our seniors eligible to graduate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  The winter graduation ceremony will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center.  Early graduates may elect to participate in the winter graduation ceremony on January 20 or participate in the May ceremony at Legacy Stadium.  Early graduates are encouraged to contact their campus registrar to confirm ceremony participation. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SPRING GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6530112a109dd894102cf21f1bab936b/SpringGrad.png" alt="springgrad" width="707" height="199" /></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c67a7e4b697ee40bd171ae7e8205e4e2/SummerSchool_2.jpg" alt="summer school" width="798" height="146" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span>Secondary Summer School – Original Credit</span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a8031c3266476517f1b7ba580110d012/KVS.png" alt="kvs" width="268" height="85" /><br></strong><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org</a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS courses:  </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide flexibility in scheduling.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allow students to get ahead on credits.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.   </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility and KVS is an approved College Board Online Provider.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. </strong>Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/FAQs.aspx">Katy Virtual School FAQ,</a> or email <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All original credit summer courses will be offered exclusively through Katy Virtual School. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span> <span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL - COURSE OR CREDIT RECOVERY </span><br> Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades who need course or credit recovery will open May 2, 2022.  Summer School will offer one summer session from June 14 through July 14.  More details will be available soon.   </strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ESL/Bilingual Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>English Language Development Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</strong> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</strong>   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" width="151" height="150" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 2022:  </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection information released to students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Friday, January 28:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 5th grade students go home with course selection sheet, due back to campus on or before February 4th </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Sunday, February 6: </strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary course verification  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary counselors complete course verification changes  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> ATHLETICS</strong>                        <br></span>The last day of the girls’ teams I-10 Shootout tournament is Saturday, January 15. See the <a href="https://i-10shootout.org/">brackets here</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please remember that Katy ISD and all District events are under Stage 3 Modification Operations. Katy ISD highly recommends the wearing of a facial covering at all athletic events. Currently, all athletic events are on schedule and can be found at: <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FINE ARTS</strong>   </span>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2022 High School Cheer Showcase </strong>      </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> On Monday, January 24<sup>, </sup>at 7pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), Katy ISD high school cheer programs will showcase their 2022 UIL Competition routines.  These teams will go on to compete on Jan 14 – 15 at the UIL Spirit Championships held in Ft. Worth. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts Event Calendar</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Musical Season is upon us!  We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing  fine arts productions that are held across the district.  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>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Note:</strong> For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>GPA EXEMPT</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa" width="149" height="156" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The GPA EXEMPT tile is located in MyKaty Cloud</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click the link below to access the 2021-2022 GPA Exempt information. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Documents/GPA_Exempt%202021-2022.pdf"><strong>GPA_Exempt 2021-2022.pdf</strong></a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students can submit GPA exemptions from <strong><u>January 4-February 18.</u> </strong>No exemptions will be accepted after February 18.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HOW DO STUDENTS ENROLL IN A GPA EXEMPT COURSE?</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets allof the criteria, they must: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">1.Complete the online GPA Exempt application. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">2.Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the application deadline for the first semester, may apply for the second semester if they meet the criteria.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>GPA CALCULATION</strong> </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="197" height="198" /> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 9th – 12th Grades:  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Updated GPA available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8 a.m.                </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>11th & 12th Grades only:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>9th – 12th Grades:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Official transcripts available in <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a> on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.                           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, which will be noted numerically for rank.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong>   </span>    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/57c7785324272efb477280ceaa22f025/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="283" height="170" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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 maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 should reach out to the campus registrar to make a request.  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SCHOOLINKS</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that 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  is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.                                               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>          </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Build their Personal Graduation Plan        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create course plans based on career pathways          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Take virtual reality college campus tours          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Search for scholarships          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Learn about financial aid          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Find internship and volunteer opportunities          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create digital portfolios / resumes          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Communicate with counselors            </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Login:</strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit: </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>                  </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parent updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>LIBRARY BOOK INFORMATION</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/269f8e0077b23556f958434efd80cc30/onthego.png" alt="onthego" width="193" height="60" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo">Katy<em> OnTheGo</em></a> app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> PARTNERS WITH PARENTS (PWP): BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/97e89c44f330c0f476d20482d831a68b/PWP.png" alt="pwp" width="103" height="84" style="display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD values the continued partnership with our parents to ensure our students have access to the finest instructional resources available.  Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding an instructional resource and/or library books that may be in violation of Board Policy EF Local that pertains to the “pervasively vulgar" standard, are encouraged to fill out an online book review form via the Partner with Parents (PWP) Online Book Review app available on My Katy cloud. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">To access the PWP app, l<a href="http://mykaty.katyisd.org/">og in to MyKaty  </a>using your Katy ISD ID number and password.  Parents/guardians will use the same ID and password used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">PARENT COMMUNITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/39a4144588e6d3a821ed3f48c4d5caf7/CrimeStoppers.png" alt="crime stoppers" width="419" height="116" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Crime Stoppers Houston hosts the webinar series: S.A.V.E. (Safety Awareness. Valuable Education). This series serves as a platform for discussion on many topics that concern the safety of our schools and community.  These topics include: mental health, human trafficking, social media and internet safety. Please see the link for upcoming webinars available throughout the month of January. <a href="https://crime-stoppers.org/events/2022-01/">S.A.V.E. Webinar Series January</a> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>CHILD FIND </strong>  </span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 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.                   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soonhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1562Katy Virtual School Registration Opens Soon<div class="ExternalClass36F0F4C11A1C443C80C82BEC723D5643"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For some Katy ISD soon to be 9</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> through 12</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grade students, supplemental virtual classes are an excellent option for earning graduation credits and expanding learning opportunities.  On Tuesday, February 1, Katy Virtual School (KVS), a paid, supplemental online course program, will begin registration for the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This paid, supplemental virtual model of e-learning is in high demand with our high school students because it supports graduation plans and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD learners, outside of normal school hours," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “KVS courses support students who need a flexible schedule to participate in programs during the school day. It's an excellent opportunity for students," added Richards.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS offers a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 45 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year.  Most KVS courses are $200 per semester. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 4,000 high school students enroll in the District's KVS program each year.  Since its launch in 2013, the primary goal of KVS is to offer choice and flexibility in challenging online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, students can visit with their campus counselor, email KVS at <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a> or visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy ISD Virtual School</a> website. ​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20transparent.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:132px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical Careerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1561Katy ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical Career<div class="ExternalClassFAD608FFC6B64C5CBDF6D6546D1DF947"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD students interested in enrolling and learning about car</span><span style="text-align:justify;">eer and technical (CTE) courses, will have the opportunity to attend upcoming Preview Night events hosted by Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC).  Due to large attendance in past years, MCTC will offer two opportunities to visit the facility.  The event for students in grades 9-11, and their parents, will take place on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Monday, January 31</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The Preview Night for junior high students, and their parents, will be held on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Tuesday, February 22</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“MCTC serves as a central site in Katy ISD for specialized CTE courses not offered at a student's home campus," said Kelley Kirila, principal of MCTC.  “Our mission is to develop college and career-ready students through engaging real-world experiences," added Kirila.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 30 courses will be offered at MCTC during the 2022-2023 school year, covering business, industry, public service, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as a new construction trades course.  Attached is additional information:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/010322_MCTC_Preview%20Night%20Final%20Flyer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Link to schedule: </p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - January 7https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1560Return to School Updates - January 7<div class="ExternalClassAEB69BA817334FC9AC4E91657923A76A"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69850ac3d5a2a2f0ee82bbcd05e3ade2/Spring__Updates_4.png" alt="SPring Updates" width="799" height="146" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>January 7, 2022</strong> </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 style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3fffe49a29ce9ba48973d94fc897fb2b/RTS_Banner.png" alt="RTS Banner" width="700" height="128" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN- updated 01/05/21</span><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec540b6caab3692a7af7baecb0e44cad/SRTS_Plan.JPG" alt="SRTS Plan" width="250" height="43" /></span><br></strong><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>STAGE 3 MODIFIED OPERATIONS </strong></span>continue to remain in effect on all campuses and facilities, beginning Monday, January 3. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will begin the spring semester at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjFhYjc6YTE4Y2Y2NjQyN2I2NzkyNWQxMDFjY2M2ZGY3MjQxZmJmMDk2NzJkMmJlNmZmNzEwZGYwN2JjYjhiNmQ1YTZiODpo">Stage 3 Modified Operations <em>(SRTS Plan p. 10)</em></a>. The District anticipates all sites remaining in Stage 3 Modified Operations through January 31. It is anticipated that we will be able to return our campuses and facilities to the less restrictive Stage 4 or 5, by February 1. Families are encouraged to review the <a href="https://gis.katyisd.org/covid/">Katy ISD Dashboard</a> to monitor their child’s school and facility sites. </p> <p>For detailed explanation of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols, please refer to the   <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjkxYmI6MDhjMDNjZWE4MGY5YThiZWFmZDdmNGE3ZTQ4M2JhMjRlZjBiOGE3OTU1YjAzNzNjODFjMGZiZGRiNmZlMjI0Zjpo">Katy ISD’s Safe Return to School (SRTS) Plan.</a> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SECONDARY STUDENT</strong> <strong>EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION WAIVER</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2b33f544d07547aef4dfc419626f5499/Picture2345.png" alt="Transportation Waiver" width="118" height="119" /><br>The Transportation Waiver is available to parents who wish to opt-out of District transportation services for secondary student extra-curricular activities. This opt-out option is available during Katy ISD’s Stage 3 Modified Operations only. Once a campus returns to Stage 4 or Stage 5, the opt-out option will cease. The opt-out form can be accessed through MyKaty Cloud via the Transportation Waiver tile. </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>DISTRICT OPERATIONAL STAFFING CHALLENGES </strong> </span><br>There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region and country. Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with significant absences due to illness, alongside more than 250 already existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services. <br>  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>KATY ISD IS HIRING!</strong> </span><br><strong>Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams,</strong> <strong>teachers, aides, and more!: </strong><a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a></p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> STUDENT & STAFF COVID-19, </strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">STREP & FLU TESTING </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appt" width="247" height="53" /></strong><br> <u>Hours of Operation:</u> Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.   <br> <u>Location: </u> 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493 <br> <u>Eligibility:</u> All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification. Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan and members of the employee’s household, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test.  A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required. <br> <u>COVID-19, Strep or Flu Student Appointments:</u> Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the www.katyisd.org homepage to schedule </p> <p><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site                 </em> </p> <p>COVID-19, Strep or Flu Staff Appointments: Staff and their dependents/household members do not require appointments. </p> <p><strong>Have other questions about COVID testing?  Take a moment to check out the </strong><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzozOWUwZDA4NjhjNjQ3ZWQ2MjYzNWI5MTY1YmExODhjNTo1OjQ5NTc6OTlhMzMwMjYyYjg3OTQ5N2NhYzE3YzIwNGQ2NzUxNThlMmNjNjRhODA0Y2JlYzM5NjFkY2FkZDcyNWJjZDA2Yjpo"><strong>Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here</strong></a><strong>.</strong> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>COVID-19 SELF REPORTING APP</strong>      </span>                <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="self reporting" width="255" height="43" /> <br> Staff, students and parents are asked 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 notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.                                  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>STUDENT CLASSROOM & STUDENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION OF A COVID-19 POSITIVE</strong>        </span>         <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="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___http:/www.katyisd.org/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjRkYTI6NmM2Mzg3ZTVlNWM4ZGEwMmM4MTRmNzU1MWU5NjQxYWYzMTVjZDIzNGIwYmE4MGZlZmIzYzNmMTI4MzYwNTFjODpo">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">I</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>NTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong>  </span>  <br> “Intermittent School to Home” academic support program is extended through January 31, 2022. </p> <p>“Intermittent School to Home” academic support is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided to in-person students if two requirements are met: </p> <ul> <li>The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition, AND </li> <li>The total amount of remote conferencing “Intermittent School to Home” instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. </li> </ul> <p>In addition, one of the following requirements must be met: </p> <ul> <li>Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician. </li> <li>The student has a positive test result for a communicable disease. </li> <li>The student has been identified as having been in close contact for COVID-19 </li> </ul> <p>Each campus will have an assigned employee to serve as an Intermittent School to Home Campus Facilitator to assist students.  Please contact your child’s campus Intermittent School to Home Facilitator to request academic assistance with missed schoolwork.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HOMEBOUND SERVICES</strong>      </span> <br> The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjExNjY6MDI1NTUwNDVmNTEwMGFkMDUwMWI0NzAwYzk4OWUzNTcyNDNlODhkZmRhNWEzZmJmYTlmZGQ0ZjAwZmNiMzVkMDpo">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.                    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES </strong> </span>            <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 has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the <strong><u>optional</u> Pfizer COVID-19 </strong>vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>                </p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: January 20, 2022<strong> </strong>                 <br> <strong>TIME:</strong> 2 – 5 p.m.                 <br> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>  Professional Development Annex 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" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.               </p> <p><strong><u>OPTIONAL</u></strong><strong> VACCINES:</strong> Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>RANDALL’S PHARMACY <u>OPTIONAL</u> COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS</strong> </span><br>Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:<br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/daab12b1ca59ca43882ccfd73cbc1abb/randalls.png" alt="randalls" width="338" height="104" /><br><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: </span><a title="Protected by Avanan: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fmhealthsystem.com*2FKatyISD__*3B*21*21N081aGSY*21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0Rf" href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Furldefense.com%2a2Fv3%2a2F__https%2a3A%2a2Fmhealthsystem.com%2a2FKatyISD__%2a3B%2a21%2a21N081aGSY%2a21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0RfxFpCiOAPWPN2nJgdrU%2a24__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21N081aGSY%21FBJfijWJPGAC_3foolkpkpfNxoM6nWanqMaZiq5Wt01vjart-wtJVORdkoHQ0yohKq0$___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNjY5MGNjMDdhOWUyNWUyMzhlNzNiMzI3ZjVlMWRjNzo1OjVjYWE6OGJlMDE1NzRhODczODJiYzdhM2E0NjFmNzRiY2YxNTkwZjkyN2FkNjczMTAyMjIwN2I1OTFjMjY4YmNlOGVjMjpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">.  </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs. </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="student updates all" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY & ELEMENTARY STUDENT REPORT CARDS</span><br></strong>Secondary and Elementary students’ report cards are official and electronically viewable in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>.  To view the electronic grade report, please click on the “Grades” icon – Report Card Tab.  Should you need assistance in accessing an electronic grade notification, <strong>please complete this form and a member of the technology team will contact you: </strong><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Parent and Student Technology Support Center</a><strong>.</strong>  <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/effbb324bbba4042987056bdd7b1fee7/RC_on_HAC.png" alt="HAC" width="643" height="170" /><br><em>*Please note, by clicking PRINT, a printable, PDF version of the RC will be rendered.</em></p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> “NO HOMEWORK” NIGHT & WEEKENDS</span><br></strong>Katy ISD is excited to announce the return of “no homework night,” which has been expanded to “no homework weekends,” for the spring 2022 semester. We believe that it is important that during a busy spring semester that our staff and students have time to rest and recalibrate before an upcoming school week. Please click here to view the updated <a href="/Documents/Calendars/Instructional_Calendar_2021-2022.pdf">spring 2022 instructional calendar</a>. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>                 <br> The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20, 2021 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>Free</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>Discounted</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>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="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong>  </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><br><br></p> <p>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="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">2022- 2023 STUDENT TRANSFER APPLICATION</span></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6cde324f0ca4fe11ffa5b03fe34cd259/SchoolTransfers.png" alt="schooltransfers" width="253" height="98" /></p> <p>The 2022-2023 Student Transfer Application window is now open and closes on Friday, March 11, 2022. The online application can be found on the <u>Katy ISD Student Transfers</u> webpage. </p> <p>All transfers must be renewed annually. If your student is currently on a transfer, you must complete the Student Transfer Application for the 2022- 2023 school year by March 11, 2022. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2022-2023 school year. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong>  </span>          <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 <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>        <br> Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)      </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a009654f50a9ac60f0a18e32a812c1a/Class_of_3.jpg" alt="classof2022" width="800" height="146" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>WINTER GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br> Congratulations to our seniors eligible to graduate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  The winter graduation ceremony will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center.  Early graduates may elect to participate in the winter graduation ceremony on January 20 or participate in the May ceremony at Legacy Stadium.  Early graduates are encouraged to contact their campus registrar to confirm ceremony participation. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPRING GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6530112a109dd894102cf21f1bab936b/SpringGrad.png" alt="springgrad" width="707" height="199" /></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c67a7e4b697ee40bd171ae7e8205e4e2/SummerSchool_2.jpg" alt="summer school" width="798" height="146" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>Katy Virtual School</strong>  </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a8031c3266476517f1b7ba580110d012/KVS.png" alt="kvs" width="188" height="60" /><br><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org</a> <br>Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year. </p> <p>KVS courses: </p> <ul> <li>Provide flexibility in scheduling.  </li> <li>Allow students to get ahead on credits. </li> <li>Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus. </li> <li>Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.  </li> <li>Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </li> </ul> <p>  </p> <p>KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are also approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.  </p> <p><strong>Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. </strong>Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/FAQs.aspx">Katy Virtual School FAQ,</a> or email <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a>. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br> Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades will open in the spring semester. Students interested in taking high school original credit courses may register through the Katy Virtual School (KVS) beginning on February 1, 2022. You can visit the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">KVS website</a> for more information and see the additional information included below under Katy Virtual School.  Junior high and high school credit recovery course registration will open in mid-May 2022. More details will be available in January.   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br> Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility.  </p> <p><strong>ESL/Bilingual Program </strong> <br><strong>English Language Development Program </strong> <br><strong>HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</strong> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary updates" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span> <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>ATHLETICS</strong>                   </span><br>Soccer games begin this week for all schools.  The boys’ teams will compete in the MOJO Classic tournament January 6-8 and the girls’ teams will compete in the I-10 Shootout tournament on January 13-15. See the <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZNn_vLQY3NTrmeUkD2jKtIasRAfkVKlNJnYHbLncjqc/edit#gid=0">brackets here</a>. </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>Please remember that Katy ISD and all District events are under Stage 3 Modification Operations. Katy ISD highly recommends the wearing of a facial covering at all athletic events. Currently, all athletic events are on schedule and can be found at: <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</strong>   </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" width="151" height="150" /><br><strong>January 2022:  </strong> <br> Course selection information released to students  </p> <p><strong>Friday, January 28:</strong>  <br> 6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks  <br> 5th grade students go home with course selection sheet, due back to campus on or before February 4th </p> <p><strong>Sunday, February 6: </strong>  <br> Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students  </p> <p><strong>Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</strong>  <br> Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences  </p> <p><strong>Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</strong>  <br> Secondary course verification  </p> <p><strong>Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</strong>  <br> Secondary counselors complete course verification changes  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> FINE ARTS</strong>   </span>                <br><strong>Katy ISD Rodeo Art Show</strong> <br>The annual KISD Rodeo Art Show Open House is on Wednesday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) . More than 720 pieces of 2D and 3D art representing PK-12<sup>th</sup> grades across the District will be displayed.  Forty-five (45) 2D works and 25 3D works will be chosen to advance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest at NRG on January 15. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </p> <p><strong>2022 High School Cheer Showcase </strong>      <br> On Monday, January 24<sup>, </sup>at 7pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), Katy ISD high school cheer programs will showcase their 2022 UIL Competition routines.  These teams will go on to compete on Jan 14 – 15 at the UIL Spirit Championships held in Ft. Worth. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </p> <p><strong>Fine Arts Event Calendar</strong>  <br> Musical Season is upon us!  We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing  fine arts productions that are held across the district.  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><strong>Note:</strong> For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.</p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA EXEMPT</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa" width="149" height="156" /><br><strong>The GPA EXEMPT tile is located in MyKaty Cloud</strong> </p> <p>Click the link below to access the 2021-2022 GPA Exempt information. </p> <p><a href="/Documents/GPA_Exempt%202021-2022.pdf"><strong>GPA_Exempt 2021-2022.pdf</strong></a>  </p> <p>Students can submit GPA exemptions from <strong><u>January 4-February 18.</u> </strong>No exemptions will be accepted after February 18.  </p> <p><strong>HOW DO STUDENTS ENROLL IN A GPA EXEMPT COURSE?</strong> </p> <p>Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets allof the criteria, they must: </p> <p>1.Complete the online GPA Exempt application. </p> <p>2.Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. </p> <p>Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the application deadline for the first semester, may apply for the second semester if they meet the criteria.  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA CALCULATION</strong> </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="197" height="198" /> <br> 9th – 12th Grades:  <br> Updated GPA available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8 a.m.                </p> <p><strong>11th & 12th Grades only:</strong>  <br> Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022. </p> <p><strong>9th – 12th Grades:</strong>  <br> Official transcripts available in <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a> on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.                           </p> <p>Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, which will be noted numerically for rank.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong>   </span>    <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/57c7785324272efb477280ceaa22f025/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="283" height="170" /><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">MyKaty 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 maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).         </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /><br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 should reach out to the campus registrar to make a request.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SCHOOLINKS</strong>  </span><br>SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that 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  is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.                                               </p> <p><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>          </p> <ul> <li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan        </li> <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> </ul> <p><strong>Student Login:</strong>          <br> Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                  </p> <p><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>          <br> Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.           </p> <p>If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit: <br> <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>                  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parent updates" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>LIBRARY BOOK INFORMATION</strong> </span><br> Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification.<br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/269f8e0077b23556f958434efd80cc30/onthego.png" alt="onthego" width="193" height="60" /><br>Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo">Katy<em> OnTheGo</em></a> app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">PARENT COMMUNITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/39a4144588e6d3a821ed3f48c4d5caf7/CrimeStoppers.png" alt="crime stoppers" width="419" height="116" /><br>In partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Crime Stoppers Houston hosts the webinar series: S.A.V.E. (Safety Awareness. Valuable Education). This series serves as a platform for discussion on many topics that concern the safety of our schools and community.  These topics include: mental health, human trafficking, social media and internet safety. Please see the link for upcoming webinars available throughout the month of January. <a href="https://crime-stoppers.org/events/2022-01/">S.A.V.E. Webinar Series January</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>CHILD FIND </strong>  </span>                 <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.                   <br> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>                       </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>     </p> <p> </p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD is Hiring!https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1559Katy ISD is Hiring!<div class="ExternalClass59C89684F7414A3AB05547DDD04E9C23"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the start of 2022, how about a new job at a thriving school district identified by Forbes as one of the top employers in the state of Texas?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is seeking to fill vacancies in classroom instruction and support, maintenance, operations, transportation and law enforcement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From educating our students, keeping our campuses clean and safe, and providing transportation to and from school, these men and women are essential to the success of our school district," said Brian Schuss, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Katy ISD offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to those interested in joining our team," added Schuss.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring, the District will also host its annual Certified Teacher Job Fair on <strong>Saturday, March 26, 2022</strong>.  Elementary campus leadership will meet interested candidates between 8:30-11:30 a.m., and secondary personnel between 1-4 p.m. at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Candidates interested in any Katy ISD position may apply at:  <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a>.​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courseshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1556Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courses<div class="ExternalClass821775789D86435A892A023252EAA462"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, maybe take some computer skills classes, or learn how to dance salsa?  If so, look no further!  Spring enrollment has begun for a variety of Katy Independent School District Community Education classes which aim to provide participants the opportunity to build expertise, learn a different skill or enjoy a new activity. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">With a variety of topics and options, the Community Education courses at Katy ISD provide the general public with learning opportunities that include self-improvement, enrichment, recreation, professional skills courses and best of all, an opportunity to make new friends.  Spring semester classes take place at various Katy ISD high schools during evening hours, and interested individuals can view course availability through the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Catalog.pdf">Community Education Spring 2022 Online Course Catalog.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“For over 30 years, the Katy ISD Community Education Program has grown to include almost 2,000 participants per semester," said Karen Lewis, Director of Internal & Community Relations.  “We have found that many participants who take a course, return in following semesters to take more classes," added Lewis.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Registration is available online. Everyone is invited to register for classes, even if you live outside of the Katy ISD district. Certificates of completion are issued for most classes. For questions, call the Community Education Department at 281-396-6365. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates – Dec 17https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1555Return to School Updates – Dec 17<div class="ExternalClass8170DF0F23A14089A9D81B98751011D8"><p>​</p><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:577px;height:124px;"><img alt="Happy Holidays Logo" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/QCHnXVvVmvDPHqkYO3zG-Z_vQTBsxQi1XCd8On8N5z0fF56hTS9j1plJe-uJuUu-97_WcIbJqI3QC_vh4NRoFmfhxQrSw-AVweYTibFulvuElN70Udvnf8J0y_VDFY2bzAaClWp2" width="577" height="124" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span> </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">December 17, 2021</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                                 </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,                               </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!                   </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Bulletins highlighted </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"></p><hr /><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SECONDARY COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:86px;height:85px;"><img alt="SchooLinks Logo" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AR1-NCE-SOhY0i4ae6Q0NEmOJXaHQ6L35ijol9XooRQOVopfEe2kEbswrJP2mLXT0C1WQ9WdvhhOpRiBzxyeTYjqwoX5KbG3qxVaVj4C5F7-0yqZfkgi71qsZpOGMgd_JQm8Wgrq" width="86" height="85" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">January 2022:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Course selection information released to students </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Friday, January 28:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">5th grade students go home with course selection sheet; due back to campus on or before February 4th</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Sunday, February 6: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Secondary course verification </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Secondary counselors complete course verification changes </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">GPA CALCULATION</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:105px;height:106px;"><img alt="Home Access" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JlFFO2XRSxSjDlYFko7aTsD0UjRPHzhdlFi9uS5GIueiEl3ZPykVT4DcDhKhfXBqZJ-t700rC63cjdO3FbsX3XXa0jZMDGvhwErOce10j5cuv1xLr8vm-G422L4k_Sbt39nAeSsI" width="105" height="106" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">9th – 12th Grades:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Updated GPA available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8 a.m.               </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">11th & 12th Grades only:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">9th – 12th Grades:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Official transcripts available in Scribbles Tuesday, January 18, 2022.                          </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:112px;height:111px;"><img alt="ScribOrder" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/sv_jf4i6nnDIxxnFM5V_dsIntSSCXgnLC8c6DDVzwPynhJqbQt8El7B0Cr5o5z5vJhGTPchvKKMva-LKvA7Iw7RmtcOTD7nJM-6_WhUUAdL5mrP0v-8hLcIGbGabpWAFVcNj80mO" width="112" height="111" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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: </span><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/katyisdtx.scriborder.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvzgVtM9jQ$"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">. 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.           </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">WINTER GRADUATION</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Congratulations to our seniors eligible to graduate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  The winter graduation ceremony will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center.  Early graduates may elect to participate in the winter graduation ceremony on January 20 or participate in the May ceremony at Legacy Stadium.  Early graduates are encouraged to contact their campus registrar to confirm ceremony participation.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SPRING GRADUATION</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Class of 2022 graduations will be held in May at Legacy Stadium at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required for spring graduation ceremonies held at Legacy Stadium.  If you have any questions, please email </span><a href="mailto:classof22graduation@katyisd.org"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">classof22graduation@katyisd.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:597px;height:168px;"><img alt="2022 Grad Sched" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/1gWCrquoThwiq0CBBADfl39Og7f1I8zIePurTVZ_2SYblj6-nAq_VhB808jb9xlJwB5LJ0yO1fBH5s7HA8RlYfwPzgoEpelHnSYnATC3dPAHiT2ljmVvJ1xSZtos-4UVmxnAB4fE" width="597" height="168" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span> </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades will open in the spring semester. Students interested in taking high school original credit courses may register through the Katy Virtual School (KVS) beginning on February 1, 2022. You can visit the </span><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">KVS website</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> for more information.  Junior high and high school credit recovery course registration will open in mid-May 2022. More details will be available in January.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">NEW </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility. </span></p><ul style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">ESL/Bilingual Program </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">English Language Development Program </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:459px;height:56px;"><img alt="All Student Updates" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/NlaZ18-a0ZQZYFKYkLLmijmX4_AmSBV8FGkQt8BLk9JQf64F_wp3gH1XEo4O4AIFh2N2PPfDvd5nqaHhhGVaAkmvGU60lD8k3sUD0-ADC_UGcXyDXVRa6ez0T02ogK3ydHd87XqF" width="459" height="56" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span> </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Library Book Information</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact </span><a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> to make a change and request the notification. Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the </span><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;font-style:italic;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> OnTheGo</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-style:italic;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:#00ff00;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">UPDATE </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Student and Staff COVID-19 Testing</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:247px;height:53px;"><img alt="COVID Appt" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/FoLCxQFcVcnP93mdmx1adWnHumA8fcD8zRI_xSWB-ucTaj_eJFP87MBphu_FZr5DzNTNd7WcqCsYXv4PUtotgvRG9cktX5Qk_zN5TY2FxoHqAgTbForKltDBVn2ImXYBEZ-PVsWj" width="247" height="53" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The COVID-19 testing site will be </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">closed during the upcoming holiday break beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 17 through Monday, January 3, 2022.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  The COVID-19 testing site will re-open on Tuesday, January 4 at 7 a.m. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Operation:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Location:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Eligibility</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification       </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Appointments:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/73375d80fa1caefc06-week"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment link</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">              </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-style:italic;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Permissions Slips Available On-Site </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">If you have additional COVID-19 questions, please call 281-396-7499 or email </span><a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">INTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">     </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">             </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester today, </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Friday, December 17</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.  Beginning with the 2022 spring semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy regarding missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information.             </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HOMEBOUND SERVICES</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">     </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click </span><a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">here</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> for information regarding homebound services.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL: SAFETY PROTOCOLS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">              </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date </span><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Safe Return to School Plan</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">. The current plan was updated (10-13-2021) and is available on the District’s main webpage.                   </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">COVID-19 Self-Reporting App</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                      </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:190px;height:32px;"><img alt="Self Reporting App" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/WMSYOFeT2RixuA9hRGUAz7kHKka5UoMzw38BVZHYK6prl1aeqj5ikZZ5Tm5Buwe8XZQ-TSPJCwA70HLv5Eiq1hrGb7ILO-2Gl7xHqBevgppUatZVtIbDG8jpndYR_HeQY_2oRdZa" width="190" height="32" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                                 </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Student Classroom and Student Program Notification of a COVID-19 Positive</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 </span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">www.katyisd.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                 </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HEALTH SERVICES </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">         </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the </span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.                            </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy ISD Health Services Department is a proud partner with Texas Vaccine Institute 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 for 12 years of age and older, or the </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Flu vaccine.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">              </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">WHEN:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> January 20, 2022</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">TIME:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> 2 – 5 p.m.                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">LOCATION: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  Professional Development Annex Building                          </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">WHO</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">: Accepting insured and uninsured                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">PRICE</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">BRING</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">:   Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.              </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">OPTIONAL VACCINES           </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">* Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.                        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">               </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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:                            </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Free</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Pre-K programs                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra               </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Career and Technical Education certification exams               </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Summer meals                    </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Discounted</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">               </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Summer school tuition                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Advanced Placement exams                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SAT and ACT test fees                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">College application fees                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Career and Technical Education fees                                </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at </span><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SchoolCafe.com</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit </span><a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Pay N’ Go</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.                                </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Additionally, 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.                        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">     </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Follow the links below to find helpful resources:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">       </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page)       </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parent Technology FAQs</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span></a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">       </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)                  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">         </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:100px;height:83px;"><img alt="SpeakUP Logo" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/cB_VRA9KlJAdO9Jz24YCAlGUBIcrTvBnNtcxDlVw0bwYhF91knSuPPo7Z3v7cW2AmxuU0RCXVJ-R3hhWvNhiH2JnsMMwItSsHcNSb5SiWQpZWCCMD4-IUZN2pY_-_q7NfbA0ASV6" width="100" height="83" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.          </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br><br></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:524px;height:64px;"><img alt="Student Updates ELEM" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/xZSPPziKyI7R6PsVT8SCXlsLQDxBidpjgMHSv7TLaXKbR0knxHZVyI_35ODxOv9jOhoipFOs1oSb4WihV7VehA1swUi_gvsqs7siUciEE90xCe0_9xjSMi62tT6dPccylNusZRmk" width="524" height="64" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span> </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">LUNCH VISITORS & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:516px;height:65px;"><img alt="Student Updates SECOND" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/ixpfogWcwFQDP1rUz4qdIgg-mF8kBf9cH2zB2ObT02kIlGThK0k4UvDfchSN_SUA-H6NxQ4pH_vcwUMuJU60mJiFHbmOQQgQHY-YtMtlVskCVllNnIwWTZmDNq7w7l9J4fvi5DXq" width="516" height="65" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">ATHLETICS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">    </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Good luck to the Paetow Panthers as they take on the College Station Cougars in the 5A, Division 1 State Football Championship game on Friday. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">High school soccer season is right around the corner!  Games will begin during the first week of January for all schools.  The boys’ teams will compete in the MOJO Classic tournament January 6-8 and the girls’ teams will compete in the I-10 Shootout tournament on January 15. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 </span><a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">website here</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">FINE ARTS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Fine Arts Events</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">We encourage the Katy community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the productions that are held across the District.  For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  </span><a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program for further information. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">     </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Junior High Cheer Camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp June 7-9 is mandatory to be a member of the 2022-2023 cheer team if selected.     </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">UDPATED GPA & RANK CALCULATIONS IN THE HAC</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">    </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">          </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:100px;height:101px;"><img alt="Home Access" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JlFFO2XRSxSjDlYFko7aTsD0UjRPHzhdlFi9uS5GIueiEl3ZPykVT4DcDhKhfXBqZJ-t700rC63cjdO3FbsX3XXa0jZMDGvhwErOce10j5cuv1xLr8vm-G422L4k_Sbt39nAeSsI" width="100" height="101" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) are available in the HAC. This information is viewable in the Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into </span><a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">MyKaty Cloud</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> 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 </span><a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Scribbles</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                   </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SCHOOLINKS</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">     </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">    </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:103px;height:102px;"><img alt="SchooLinks" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AR1-NCE-SOhY0i4ae6Q0NEmOJXaHQ6L35ijol9XooRQOVopfEe2kEbswrJP2mLXT0C1WQ9WdvhhOpRiBzxyeTYjqwoX5KbG3qxVaVj4C5F7-0yqZfkgi71qsZpOGMgd_JQm8Wgrq" width="103" height="102" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 by students in 6th - 12th grades and their parents.                        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly and were designed to streamline the college and career readiness workflow for counselors and staff.                        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">         </span></p><ul style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Create course plans based on career pathways         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Take virtual reality college campus tours         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Search for scholarships         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Learn about financial aid         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Find internship and volunteer opportunities         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Create digital portfolios / resumes         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Communicate with counselors         </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Build their Personal Graduation Plan         </span><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Student Login:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">         </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Students will login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                 </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parent/Guardian Login: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">         </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.          </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                 </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">        </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:230px;height:138px;"><img alt="Exam Exemptions" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/M6kpADpGdiLf7R6_k14ryez-gDp6X7iN4bX5qu44w0__tHhEbHiLGJqfrgpfxIair07TEgNQ1dJ2kyR8MbZ3I5OAfjceL11ouDnWZvomeRPwgZkI81K0hAyLtUF4JZJ0S7v7_2Np" width="230" height="138" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the </span><a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">MyKaty Cloud</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.                   </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).        </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;text-align:center;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><span style="border:none;display:inline-block;overflow:hidden;width:476px;height:60px;"><img alt="Parent Updates" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/RZiskfDw2QjsPx6L1-cJ5gE_isCpncLZHS30HemSxcDTBwTFOoeRkG53mKwm6ybdy7geuYXdRvd7jAcZWtrATcOmp8phslaV_jc0o8WLEo4uYFWR9bB_3qxVdV_YMlIW6xhT_faV" width="476" height="60" style="margin:5px;" /></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                   </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">CHILD FIND </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">   </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">               </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                      </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Senate Bill (SB) 1697</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">      </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">             </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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:                   </span></p><ul style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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;                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the previous school year.                  </span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">For the 2021-2022 school year only</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">, parents or guardians have the right to opt for their child:                                      </span></p><ul style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.                                    </span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Things to consider:</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                   </span></p><ul style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;"><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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).                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">For children interested in high school varsity sports, review </span><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$"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">eligibility rules</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> based on student age.                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                   </span></p></li><li dir="ltr" aria-level="1" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" role="presentation" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.</span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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 </span><a href="mailto:SB1697requests@katyisd.org"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">SB1697requests@katyisd.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">.  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. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Additional information is available at: </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><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_$"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://tea.texas.gov/repeatgrade</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> and </span><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$"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#0000ff;background-color:transparent;text-decoration-line:underline;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">https://tea.texas.gov/restartkinder</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                                 </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1525</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#800000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Elementary Parent Notification of Human Sexuality Instruction</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                              </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                               </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                       </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION: SECONDARY</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#ff0000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">  </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">                </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><br></span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                                </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">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.                                     </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">#OneKatyStrongerTogether</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman";color:#000000;background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">    </span></p><br></span>​<p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sportshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1554Katy ISD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Sports<div class="ExternalClass6A030DE75B1B4D6A8EBAEA0284F511E1"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Before heading off for winter break, Katy Independent School District celebrated the hard work of student-athletes during its December Signing Day event.  High school senior athletes signed national letters of intent, officially committing to play a collegiate sport at colleges and universities across the nation.  Signees include the following: </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Malik Sylla – Football – Texas A&M University</li><li>Ty Kana – Football – Texas Tech University</li><li>Nick Anderson – Football – The University of Oklahoma</li><li>Hamilton McMartin – Football – University of Texas</li><li>Bobby Taylor – Football – Texas A&M University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>David Livingston – Cross Country/Track – Texas Southern University (TSU)</li><li>Isabel Macias – Softball – Sul Ross State University</li><li>Jordan Kelly – Football – Central Michigan University</li><li>Ty Ferguson – Wrestling – Lyons College</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Victoria “Tori" Ruvalcaba – Soccer – Northwestern Oklahoma State University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kerrym Jamal “K.J." Truehill – Football – The United States Air Force Academy</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School 2021 Signees: </strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Nolan Hay – Football – Houston Baptist University</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School 2021 Signees:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Josh McMillan – Football – Houston Baptist University</li><li>Matthew Kumar – Pole Vault – Rice University</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dyfrcxbxuj4bqyg/AACT04vfMGpLvvXIQw54IBvaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of Katy ISD December 2021 Signees</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendarhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1552Katy ISD Approves 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar<div class="ExternalClassBE5366FB6ADC4E28A3343E0D452D08EC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's Katy Independent School District monthly board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the instructional calendar for the 2023-2024 academic year.  The calendar includes the following highlights:</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Wednesday, August 16, 2023:  First Day of School</li><li>Friday, May 17, 2024:  Last Day of School for Seniors</li><li>Thursday, May 23, 2024:  Last Day of School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Every fall Katy ISD seeks community feedback for the development of future instructional calendars," said Sherri Ashorn, Discipline and SHARS Administrator.  “Through a community survey sent out in November, participants provided input indicating this calendar as the favorable option," added Ashorn.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As a District of Innovation, authorized under House Bill 1842, Katy ISD has the flexibility to obtain exemptions from certain provisions in the Texas Education Code that allow changes to the instructional calendar.  The approved calendar also provides teachers two professional development days in August 2023 as well as five additional days of professional learning throughout the school year.  Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day are District holidays.  Katy ISD will continue providing a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas and New Year's, as well as one week off for Spring Break. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2023-24%20Instructional%20Calendar%20-%20Option%20A%20-%20DOI.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:777px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Athletic Executive Director to be Inducted into THSADA Hall of Honorhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1550Katy ISD Athletic Executive Director to be Inducted into THSADA Hall of Honor<div class="ExternalClass04A93C948DD8435082CC26FF23B7E590"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District's Executive Director for Athletics, Debbie Decker, will soon join some of the finest leaders in athletics across Texas as one of four inductees to the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA) Hall of Honor.</span><br></p><p>“This is a tremendous honor and one that I attribute to the many athletes, coaches and administrators with whom I have worked with throughout my career," said Debbie Decker, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Athletics Department.  “THSADA is an outstanding organization and serves a vital role in its support of athletics throughout the state of Texas.  I am fortunate to be a part of this association and am humbled and appreciative of this great honor," added Decker.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Between 2017 and 2018, Decker served as the president of THSADA where she oversaw the day-to-day business of the association, which included leading committees and its members, serving in special events, expanding on professional development and leadership training opportunities, among other tasks.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">THSADA exists to promote, facilitate and recognize athletic administrators who have dedicated countless hours in their profession to ensure opportunities for students, coaches and other athletic personnel.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The recognition will take place at the PBK Sports THSADA Hall of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, June 12 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Round Rock, Texas.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/121321_Picture_Debbie%20Decker%20Inductee%20for%20THSADA.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:345px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Dec 10https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1549Return to School Updates - Dec 10<div class="ExternalClass7B7E2A82247A4230B69199815994E684"><p>​</p><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>December 10, 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 style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#ffff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED:</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;"> Library Book Information</span><br></u></strong>Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification. Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out.   ​</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;">2022-2023 STUDENT TRANSFER REQUESTS</span></u></strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span><br></u>The District Student Transfer application for the 2022-2023 school year will <strong>open</strong> on <strong>Tuesday, January 4, 2022. </strong>Students who are currently on a transfer must submit their requests by <strong>Friday, March 11, 2022.</strong>  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW</u></strong></span><strong><u><span style="color:#ff0000;"> Student and Staff COVID Testing</span><br></u></strong>Due to the Katy ISD student AG Progress Show scheduled on Saturday, December 11 – the Katy iSD student and staff COVID test site will be closed tomorrow.  The COVID test site will re-open on Monday, December 13 at 7:00 a.m.</p> <p>The COVID test site will be closed during the upcoming holiday break beginning on Saturday, December 18 through Saturday, January 1.  The COVID test site will re-open on Monday, January 3 at 7:00 a.m.</p> <p><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appts" 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>             </p> <p><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em>      </p> <p>If you have additional COVID-19 questions, please call 281-396-7499 or email <a href="mailto:COVID19Responses@katyisd.org">COVID19Responses@katyisd.org</a><u>. </u> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><u><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#c00000;">INTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</span></u></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#c00000;">                </span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">  </span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester on <strong><u>Friday, December 17</u></strong>.  Beginning with the spring 2022 semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy regarding missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information.   </span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">      </span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><u><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">HOMEBOUND SERVICES </span></u></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">      </span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><s><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:red;"> </span></s></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">require in-home academic support</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> for an extended amount of time.  <span style="color:black;">Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click </span></span></span><a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#0563c1;">here</span></span></a><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> for information regarding homebound services.</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></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="190" height="32" /><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>.            </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong>       <br></span>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>January 20</strong>          <br><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM         <br><strong>Location: </strong>Professional Development Annex 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 $15.00             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>           <br></span>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:          </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>         <br>Pre-K programs          <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra         <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams         <br>Summer Meals         </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>         <br>Summer school tuition          <br>Advanced Placement exams          <br>SAT and ACT test fees          <br>College application fees          <br>Career and Technical Education fees          </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">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="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong> </span><br> <strong>Follow the links below to find helpful resources.</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 <br> </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>Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only) </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong>      </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><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> </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/957f09d0cd52a16decaaafc2963739b2/Student_Updates_-_ELEMENTARY.JPG" alt="elementary" width="699" height="86" /> </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>   </p> <p><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> ATHLETICS</u></strong>   </span>   <br><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">State Semi-Final Football is upon us and we have two teams still playing into December!</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><u><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Flour Bluff (V) vs Paetow (H)</span></u></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span><a href="https://events.ticketspicket.com/agency/77056a82-7b7e-4b1f-8be9-9ebe278e3c43/events/4f235316-aad5-4db9-99ae-93976d0fff38" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#0563c1;">TICKET LINK</span></span></a><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Friday, December 10</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><sup><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">th</span></sup></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> – 7 pm</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Heroes Stadium</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">NEISD San Antonio</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Parking is Free</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">District passes – Holder +4</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><u><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Katy (V) vs Westlake (H)</span></u></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span><a href="https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7993189/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#0563c1;">TICKET LINK</span></span></a><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Saturday, December 11</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><sup><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">th</span></sup></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> – 2 pm</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">McLane Stadium</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Baylor University Waco</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Parking is Free</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">District Passes – Holder + Family</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;">Good luck to all of our JV Swim & Dive athletes as they compete in their 19-6A District Meet this week!</span></span><span class="eop"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> </span></span></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>     </span>       <br><strong>Holiday Concert Season is here!  </strong> <br>We encourage the Katy Community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the variety of concerts and events that held across the district.  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><strong>Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</strong>  <br>Junior high cheer camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.  </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><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> </span>   </span>         <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>        </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><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://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>     </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  <br>      </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="197" height="197" /></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>          </span><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="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>            </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> </p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveilinghttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1548Katy ISD Memorializes Teacher Achievements with Brick Unveiling<div class="ExternalClass313EFEE14C6A41A282D3F2939F5DBCBC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District's annual tradition of celebrating the talents and dedication of its Campus Teachers of the Year continued this fall at Katy Heritage Park where the names of 143 teachers were etched into bricks that pave the site. Yesterday evening, the District and local event sponsors, hosted a brick unveiling ceremony where hundreds gathered to recognize their remarkable accomplishments.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We honor the achievements of these outstanding educators who have made significant contributions to our schools, students and families as they navigated COVID-19, the deep freeze and other challenges these past two years," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “These teachers have shown phenomenal fortitude, perseverance, creativity, adaptability and leadership as well a sense of strength and stability in these tumultuous times," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The brick unveiling event honors not only Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, but the Katy community as well. The bricks at Katy Heritage Park serve as a permanent tribute to the decades of unparalleled learning experiences provided across more than 70 Katy ISD campuses.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Venus Construction, Modern Pest Control and the Katy Heritage Society sponsored the occasion and provided the space for the bricklaying. The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir also performed at the ceremony.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event recognized the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Katy ISD Campus Teachers of the Year.  The 2019-2020 event was delayed due to COVID-19. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/scjb1qfqv0qbbdk/AACmw6IcZHjh_QaHzcC9br8ba?dl=0">Photo Gallery of the Campus Teacher of the Year Brick Unveiling</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2038.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Teacher%20of%20Year%20Brick%20Ceremony%20Dec.%207,%202021%2047.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:267px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - Dec 3https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1546Return to School Updates - Dec 3<div class="ExternalClass226C79A87A2D43458F04F0ACD9AE2F20"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><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>December 3, 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 style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> KATY IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL (KIC) PUBLIC MEETING</u></strong> </span><br>The Katy Improvement Council will meet on December 9, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. to discuss and vote on the proposed Local Innovation Plan as part of the process to become a District of Innovation.  The meeting will be open to the public and is held in the Board Room of the Education Support Complex (6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas, 77494). </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>New</u></strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> Library Book Information<br></u></strong></span>Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change and request the notification. </p> <p>Parents of elementary and secondary students may also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out.   </p> <p><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW:</span></u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> INTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</u></strong>                  </span></p> <p>Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester on <strong><u>Friday, December 17</u></strong>.  Beginning with the spring 2022 semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy regarding missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information.       </p> <p><span style="text-decoration:underline;background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>UPDATED</u> </strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HOMEBOUND SERVICES </u></strong>      <br></span>The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.</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="190" height="32" /><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>.            </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">UPDATED:</span> HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong>       <br></span>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>January 20</strong>          <br><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM         <br><strong>Location: </strong>Professional Development Annex 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 $15.00             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>           <br></span>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:          </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>         <br>Pre-K programs          <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra         <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams         <br>Summer Meals         </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>         <br>Summer school tuition          <br>Advanced Placement exams          <br>SAT and ACT test fees          <br>College application fees          <br>Career and Technical Education fees          </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">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="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong> </span><br> <strong>Follow the links below to find helpful resources.</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 <br> </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>Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only) </p> <p><strong><u>Library Book Notifications</u></strong> <br>Parents may be notified via email if their secondary student checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change.  Parents can also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong>      </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><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="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="elementary" width="699" height="86" /> </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>   </p> <p><strong><u><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span>:</u></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u> ATHLETICS</u></strong>    </span>          <br> Katy ISD has two teams playing in the Region Football finals.  Paetow in the 5A, Katy in the 6A.  Both teams will play at Rice University this weekend.</p> <p><strong><u>PAETOW (v) vs Hightower<br> </u></strong><u>7 pm Friday, December 3<sup>rd<br> </sup></u>RICE STADIUM</p> <p><strong><u>Summer Creek vs KATY (h)<br> </u></strong><u>1 pm Saturday, December 4<sup>th<br> </sup></u>RICE STADIUM</p> <p>All Gameday Ticket Prices - $15</p> <p>Passes Accepted: </p> <p>District Passes (holder + Family), THSCA, THADA, TGCA</p> <p>**GOLD CARDS / Teacher IDs will not be accepted</p> <p>The Katy ISD Varsity Basketball Classic is this weekend.  56 boys and girls teams converge on Katy this weekend.  Folllow the brackets and get ticket information here at the <a href="https://sites.google.com/katyisd.org/katy-classic-bb/home?authuser=0">Tournament Program</a>.</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>     </span>       <br><strong>Holiday Concert Season is here!  </strong> <br>We encourage the Katy Community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the variety of concerts and events that held across the district.  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><strong>Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</strong>  <br>Junior high cheer camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.  </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><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> </span>   </span>         <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>        </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><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://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>     </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  <br>      </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="197" height="197" /></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>          </span><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="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>            </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> </p></div><p>​</p></div>
Return to School Updates - Nov 19https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1543Return to School Updates - Nov 19<div class="ExternalClass4D1D119223744EEF949A80684115DF07"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><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>November 19, 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 style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="all students" width="699" height="86" /> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"><span class="normaltextrun"><strong><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;background:lime;">NOTE</span></strong></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;background:lime;">:</span></span><span class="normaltextrun"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:black;"> Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving student and staff holiday, the Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center will be closed beginning Saturday, November 20 through Saturday, November 27. The Testing Center will resume regular operations on Monday, November 29 at 7:00 a.m. </span></span>    </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="190" height="32" /><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>            <br></span>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). If a student meets the requirements for ISH learning, they can opt in for as few as 2 days to stay on track with classwork. Students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days per school year 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="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong><u>NEW:</u></strong> </span>Intermittent School to Home academic support for temporary medical conditions will close at the end of the fall semester on Friday, December 17.  Beginning with the spring 2022 semester, students absent from school will follow the District’s make-up policy in regards to missed assignments and assessments.  Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary or Elementary student handbooks for more information. </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>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="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>HEALTH SERVICES</u></strong><strong> </strong>       <br></span>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>December 2nd</strong>           <br><strong>Time: </strong> 2:00PM – 5:00PM         <br><strong>Location: </strong>Professional Development Annex 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 $15.00             </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</u></strong>           <br></span>In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:          </p> <p><strong><u>Free</u></strong>         <br>Pre-K programs          <br>Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra         <br>Career and Technical Education certification exams         <br>Summer Meals         </p> <p><strong><u>Discounted</u></strong>         <br>Summer school tuition          <br>Advanced Placement exams          <br>SAT and ACT test fees          <br>College application fees          <br>Career and Technical Education fees          </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">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="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</u></strong> </span><br> <strong>Follow the links below to find helpful resources.</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 <br> </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>Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only) </p> <p><strong><u>Library Book Notifications</u></strong> <br>Parents may be notified via email if their secondary student checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents may contact the registrar’s office at their home campus if they need to make a change.  Parents can also download <a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><strong><em>Katy on the Go </em></strong><em>app</em></a><em> </em>to review the books that their student has checked out. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</u></strong>      </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><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="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="elementary" width="699" height="86" /> </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>    <br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><u>ATHLETICS</u></strong>         </span>      <br> High School Volleyball and Football playoffs are in full swing.  Refer to our <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">website</a> for the most up-to-date playoff pairings. </p> <p>We would like to recognize the Jordan Warrior Tennis program.  In addition to advancing to the UIL State Team Tennis Tournament, they were awarded the UTSA Team Sportsmanship Award.  Inside High School Sports recently showcased the team with their ‘<a href="https://twitter.com/ihss_houston/status/1458117184765538317">Chevy Spotlight’ segment</a>.  </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><strong><u>FINE ARTS</u></strong>            <br><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW:</strong></span><strong> Holiday Concert Season is here!  </strong> <br>We encourage the Katy Community to witness our amazing fine arts students and attend the variety of concerts and events that held across the district.  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="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW:</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span>Junior High Cheer Camp 2022</strong>  <br>Junior high cheer camp will be held June 7- 9, 2022 at the Merrell Center. A detailed schedule of events will be provided to junior high cheerleaders following tryouts in March. The March try-outs are for junior high students interested in participating in cheerleading for the 2022-2023 school year.  Attendance at the cheer camp on June 7 through June 9 is mandatory to be a member of the 22-23 cheer team if selected.  </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><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Transcript Request</strong> </span>   </span>         <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>        </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="HAC" width="197" height="198" /><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://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">Scribbles</a>     </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  <br>      </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="197" height="197" /></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>          </span><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="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>            </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> </p></div><p>​</p></div>
​Student Passwords for MyKaty Cloud https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1499​Student Passwords for MyKaty Cloud <div class="ExternalClassE1BD4AC55A84446F8093FBAF5270ACEE"><p>​Katy ISD uses the MyKaty Cloud <strong>single sign on</strong> platform that allows students to access all District applications with one User ID and one password. In order to promote a safe and secure online learning experience, secondary students (grades 6-12) are requested to rest their password by September 15 by visiting the <a href="https://passwordreset.katyisd.org/" target="_blank">Katy ISD Password Self-Service webpage</a>. After that, secondary students will be prompted to reset their single sign in password once every 180 days (about twice a year). </p><p>Elementary students enrolled in in-person learning will receive an updated password from their classroom teacher by September 27.  The parents of KVA enrolled students will receive an email with information on their child's updated password by that same date.  Please note that elementary students <span style="text-decoration:underline;">are not</span> required, or prompted, to update their passwords outside of this process. </p><p>Thank you for your support and understanding as we continuously work to improve upon and protect our students' safety and data privacy.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PasswordSelf-Service1.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:794px;height:130px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/PaswwordSelf-Service_page.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:317px;height:388px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1490Katy ISD Tops Forbes 2021 List of Best Texas Employers<div class="ExternalClassE2246C03C8B040FB801EF499DA701CFC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has once again earned a spot in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Forbes List of Best Employers</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> in the state of Texas, coming in at #8.  Not surprisingly, Katy ISD was also the only school district in Texas to make the Top 10 list of employers along with renowned organizations such as NASA, Dell Technologies and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From our teachers, administrators, operations and support staff, every member of the Katy ISD family strives daily to provide supportive and unparalleled learning experiences to the more than 87,000 students we serve," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools.  “They are the best staff I have ever had the privilege to work alongside.  It is our employees that truly makes Katy ISD such a special place," added Gregorski.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to develop its third annual list of </span><em style="text-align:left;">America's Best Employers by State</em><span style="text-align:left;">.  The list is divided into 51 rankings – one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia – and was compiled by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees.  Surveys were conducted from October 2020 to June 2021 and were anonymous, allowing participants to freely share their opinions. </span></p><p>This is the third consecutive year that Katy ISD has made the list.  To read the full Forbes article visit <a href="https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#3503e3e1487a"><em>America's</em> <em>Best Employers by State for 2021</em></a><em>.</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Weather Update #1 April 23 8:45 a.m.https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1439 Weather Update #1 April 23 8:45 a.m.<div class="ExternalClassAF83B073FC6C4920A7ED92E65590947A"><p>We are aware of the possibility of strong storms in the area. We will continue to monitor the weather and actively consult with local and state agencies. Additional updates will be provided if necessary to make changes to the school day or after school activities. Monitor our social media or our website for updates.<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Nighthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1436Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Night<div class="ExternalClassC74CADD59AAD4D02AA6C0EE49BA7816F"><p style="text-align:center;">​<strong><em>Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration May 7th</em></strong><br></p><p>(Katy, Texas) –The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held at Legacy Stadium on Friday, May 7<sup>th</sup> from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers.  <br><br></p><p>This year, the party goes beyond the walls of the annual Merrell Center event to a Family Movie Night under the stars at Legacy Stadium, featuring <em>The Greatest Showman</em>. For the first time ever, volunteers can welcome their families to participate in the celebration, where each school's 2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year will be announced. The VIPS Family Movie Night will also include entertainment from all nine Katy ISD high schools.<br><br></p><p>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend, and should RSVP no later than May 3rd by clicking <a href="https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3307923/vips-family-movie-night-legacy-stadium-katy-academy-sports-outdoors-student-activities-complex">here</a>.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or <a href="mailto:kellyclarke@katyisd.org">kellyclarke@katyisd.org</a>.<br><br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p>Katy ISD <strong>Partners in Education</strong> creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise, including at-home/ virtual options. We connect volunteers to every Katy ISD campus and for all grade levels. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/pie/Pages/default.aspx">Partners in Education</a> or contact Kelly Clarke at kellyclarke@katyisd.org .<br></p><p>​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></strong> </p><img src="file:///C:/Users/D1661065/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif" alt="" style="width:625px;margin:5px;" /><h2>Photo Caption:  Katy ISD Partners in Education will celebrate volunteers with a Family Movie Night on May 7<sup>th</sup>.</h2><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Win Numerous Virtual State Competitionshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1422Katy ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Win Numerous Virtual State Competitions<div class="ExternalClass28A66B8B700C42EFA922810FD09BDC3C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">It's as though the COVID-19 pandemic was a motivator, as opposed to a setback, for seven Katy Independent School District high school teams determined to win BIG at the 2021 Texas Academic Decathlon Event.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Despite the competition being held virtually, a group of Katy, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Taylor, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes and Tompkins high school students prepared months in advance and set out to represent Katy ISD at one of the largest academic competitions in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Their high-level curriculum studies included Math, Music, Economics, Science, Literature, Art and Social Studies.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Ultimately their hard work earned them several gold, silver and bronze recognitions as well as honorable mentions in distinct categories.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It truly takes a team effort among students to come out victorious in this competition," said Joan Otten, Director of Katy ISD Gifted & Talented and Advanced Academics Department.  "To see how students were resilient and grew throughout the preparation process as well as at competition is so rewarding for them and it ultimately creates everlasting experiences which they will use in the future," added Otten.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Academic Decathlon Results include:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Individual Overall Honors:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Kevin Li – Taylor High - Second Place for Overall Scholastic Large School</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Cinco Ranch High – Fifth Place Overall Honors</li><li>Taylor High School – Sixth Place - Top Overall Large Team</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Seven Lakes High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Robert Lopez – Silver Award – Mathematics Scholastic</li><li>Michael Zhang – Bronze Award – Mathematics Scholastic</li><li>Anagha Kenikar – Bronze Award – Music Honor</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Taylor High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Maggie Yu – Gold Award – Mathematics Honor</li><li>Kevin Li – Gold Award – Interview Scholastic</li><li>Kevin Li – Silver Award – Economics Scholastic</li><li>Kevin Li – Bronze Award – Art Scholastic</li><li>Nathaniel Luther – Silver Award – Literature Scholastic</li><li>Nathaniel Luther – Bronze Award – Science Scholastic</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Cinco Ranch High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Amy Kim – Gold Award – Interview Scholastic</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Gold Award – Literature Honor</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Gold Award – Interview Honor</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Silver Award – Art Honor</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Silver Award – Science Honor</li><li>Hana Chaudhry – Bronze Award – Music Honor</li><li>Daniel Yang – Silver Award – Mathematics Honor</li><li>Daniel Yang – Silver Award – Social Science Honor</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tompkins High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Krishna Hariprasad – Bronze Award – Science Scholastic</li><li>Pranav Kurapati – Bronze Award – Mathematics Varsity</li><li>Emily Doan – Bronze Award – Interview Varsity</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy High School:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Annabel Langan – Silver Award – Music Honor</li><li>Cal Rogers – Silver Award – Art Honor</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Bronze Award – Art Honor</li><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Bronze Award – Social Science Honor</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Zoe Frausto – Silver Award – Art Honor</li><li>Zoe Frausto – Bronze Award – Social Science Honor</li><li>Daniel Naranjo – Silver Award – Science Varsity</li><li>Daniel Naranjo – Bronze Award – Interview Varsity</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The Texas Academic Decathlon Event is the second-largest academic program in the nation where students have the opportunity to be one of the beneficiaries of $264,000 in scholarships. </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p><br></p></div>
​Katy ISD Safety Protocols - March 2 Updatehttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1419​Katy ISD Safety Protocols - March 2 Update<div class="ExternalClass27EA7D85C388466BAB49D752477F8E57"><p>Today Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order pertaining to the opening of Texas, which becomes effective on March 10, 2021.  Katy ISD is in the process of reviewing the order and awaiting updated public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency.<br></p><p>At this time Katy ISD continues to follow TEA's guidance concerning school COVID-19 safety practices, which includes the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing to mitigate spread and protect the health and safety of students and staff. <br></p><p>We appreciate our parents and employees' questions and concerns, and encourage you to email inquiries to <a href="mailto:COVID19responses@katyisd.org">COVID19responses@katyisd.org</a> or call (281) 396-7499.  A member of the Katy ISD team will be in contact with you shortly.  <br></p><p>Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the evolving guidance and updates concerning COVID-19.<br></p><p>Katy ISD<br></p></div>

 

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