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Katy ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Supporthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1462Katy ISD Announces New Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support2021-06-14T21:52:39Z<div class="ExternalClassF49EB852483C42C59C595BA44BD9DEDF"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Today Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Ronnie Edwards as the District's new Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  Prior to accepting this new role, Edwards was the principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held for the past five years.  He will be replacing Dr. Freda Creech who is pl</span><span style="text-align:justify;">anning for retirement this summer.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last day of their senior year," said Ronnie Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support.  “As a former principal, I can relate with the struggles and strengths of campus leaders.  I look forward to working with them and staff from across the district to ensure this growing school district continues providing an A+ education," added Edwards.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Edwards began his career in education as an English teacher and coach at Santa Fe Independent School District in 1991.  A year later, he accepted a head coaching position in Van Vleck Independent School District.  Known for his passion in the classroom as well as in athletics, in 1994, Edwards decided to move closer to his hometown where he began coaching and teaching in Abilene Independent School District.  But a few years later, South Texas was calling him back, this time to join Brazosport ISD as head basketball coach and English teacher.  It wasn't until 1999 that Edwards joined the Katy ISD family after accepting a head basketball and physical education (PE) teacher position at Katy High School.  Five years later, he accepted a position at Fort Bend Independent School District at Kempner High School as a head coach and English teacher.  In 2009, Edwards moved into administration at Fort Bend ISD at Clements High School as an Assistant Principal.  He remained there until 2011.  That year, he accepted the Associate Principal position at William B. Travis High School in Fort Bend ISD.  In 2013, he was named Principal at John Foster Dulles High School.  Yet throughout his educational career, Katy ISD always held a special place in his heart.  In 2016, Edwards returned to Katy ISD as Principal of Mayde Creek High School, a position he has held until today when he was appointed into his new role with the district leadership team.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in English from Tarleton State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston – Victoria.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/061421_Ronnie%20Edwards.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:533px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Ronnie Edwards</em><br><em> Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support</em><br></p></div>
Powering Up for Back to Schoolhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1459Powering Up for Back to School2021-06-07T19:54:30Z<div class="ExternalClassC3B35BCB351445038F60DA5D0588FBA2"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Slideviewer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:155px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is <em>Powering Up for Back to School </em>with<em> </em>PowerSchool Enrollment!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This fall, the District will welcome over 85,000 students when school starts on <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 18.</span>  Resuming today, parents of new students* can pre-register for the 2021-22 Katy ISD fall semester through the <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment webpage</a>. Parents of current Katy ISD students may update their child’s information in <a href="/registration/Pages/default.aspx">PowerSchool Enrollment</a> beginning August 2.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mark your calendar for these important dates:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 30 (until midnight)</span></strong>– New student online pre-registration and enrollment resumes</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, July 26</span></strong>– New student enrollment re-opens following the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">June 30</span> close date (2<sup>nd</sup> opportunity)</span> </li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Monday, August 2</span></strong>– Annual student update begins (for current Katy ISD students) </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">*A new student is defined as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling.  A current student is defined as any student who was actively enrolled during the 2020-21 school year. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All new and current Katy ISD students are required to use PowerSchool Enrollment to submit a new student registration or their annual student update.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to submit a parent inquiry through the <a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support">Parent/Guardian & Student Technology Support Center</a> or email <a href="mailto:centralregistration@katyisd.org">centralregistration@katyisd.org</a>.</span><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnershiphttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1454Katy ISD Closes COVID-19 Testing Site and Continues Randall's Pharmacy Vaccination Partnership2021-05-27T14:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClassBE609C14734C4BC0B78DEFDD3914E730"><p>​ <span style="text-align:justify;">Since launching this past September, the Katy Independent School District COVID-19 & RediMD Testing Site has offered over 27,520 rapid tests to students, staff and their qualifying dependents to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  As the school year comes to an end and COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop across the region, the District will be closing the testing site.  The last day of operation will be Friday, May 28. The District, however, will maintain its COVID-19 Dashboard and Positive Self-Reporting options.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As focus shifts from testing to vaccination, Katy ISD has partnered with Randall's Pharmacy to offer a district location for the organization to provide optional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to eligible students, 12 years of age and older. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Due to high demand, Randall's Pharmacy has made three opportunities available to parents interested in having their children vaccinated against COVID-19," said Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management Department. “The vaccination is available free of charge and is being administered at Katy ISD's Agricultural Science Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road," added Nauman. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented.  To schedule an appointment and to access the consent form, parents can visit the following link:  <a href="https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Randall's Pharmacy COVID-19 Optional Vaccination Schedule is as follows: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>First Dose</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Second Dose</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 9</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, May 26</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Thursday, June 17</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, June 23</td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Katy ISD students are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs.  For questions regarding the optional COVID-19 vaccination offered by Randall's Pharmacy, individuals can contact <a href="mailto:covid19responses@katyisd.org">covid19responses@katyisd.org</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summerhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1453Katy ISD Continues Meal Programs through Summer2021-05-27T14:23:44Z<div class="ExternalClass9FEE5F48501E42CC8BFAEAFC76E08306"><p>​A<span style="text-align:justify;">s Katy Independent School District's academic year comes to an end, its Nutrition & Food Service Department is preparing to fill the hunger gap that exists among some students during summer break.  This year, Katy ISD will continue offering “Grab and Go" meals to </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">all</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> students, 18 years and younger, in the Katy area as well as enrolled Katy ISD students attending in-person summer school.  Below is the schedule for meal distribution.</span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Summer Meal Programs</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>For</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Designated School/Dates/Times</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">All Katy area students <em>(including Katy ISD students)</em></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School </span></p><ul><li>Thursday, May 27</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p><ul><li>Every Tuesday (from June 1 – July 27)</li></ul><p>4 - 6 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">In-person Summer School Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Enrolled Katy ISD summer school students</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Morton Ranch Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Williams Elementary and Taylor High School </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday - Thursday (June 7 – July 1)</li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch for Elementary Schools:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. </li><li>Lunch for High School:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Katy ISD enrolled special needs students </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Exley Elementary, Memorial Parkway Junior High and McMeans Junior High</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monday – Thursday (June 7-17 and July 12-22) </li><li>Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 a.m.</li><li>Lunch:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.</li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Curbside “Grab and Go" Meals:   </strong></span><br>The curbside “Grab and Go" meals will consist of ready to heat and eat breakfast and lunch.  Tuesday meal pick-ups will consist of four breakfasts and four lunches for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Monday. There is no school, nor meal pick-ups on Friday.  Pick-up directions will be marked at school entry sites.  If parents are picking up meals for their child(ren) who cannot be present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented before receiving the meals.   </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>In-person Summer School Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>In-person summer school meals will be served hot at the campus cafeteria to summer school students.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with the enrolled summer school students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ESY (Extended School Year for Students with Disabilities) Community Meals:</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Katy ISD will also be offering ESY students community meals during summer school activities at three campuses.  Students can enjoy a hot breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and a hot lunch between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Only enrolled Katy ISD special education students will be allowed to eat the meals in the cafeteria.  These hot meals are also available to <span style="text-decoration:underline;">all</span> area students, 18 and under, during the posted times.  However, due to safety protocols, they will not be able to eat this meal in the school's cafeteria with Katy ISD enrolled special needs students.  Parents picking up for their child(ren) who cannot be present will need to present identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate.  </p><p>“Both the Curbside Grab and Go Meals, in-person summer school meals and meals for special education students will be free thanks to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program," said Donna Pittenger, Executive Director of the Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department.  “Meal benefit applications will not be required this summer, nor for the upcoming school year as part of this federal program," added Pittenger.  </p><p>For additional information please visit the <a href="https://katyisdfoodservices.com/">Katy ISD Nutrition & Food Service Department website</a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"></p><p> </p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officershttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1450Katy ISD Board Welcomes Newly Elected Members and Announces Officers2021-05-18T01:48:49Z<div class="ExternalClass17D85A0418BF428B85604A50414A1C51"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">At tonight's Regular Board Meeting, Katy Independent School District's newly elected Board members Dawn Champagne and Rebecca Fox took the oath of office and were officially sworn in.  Champagne continues in Position 7, while Fox will serve in Position 6. Immediately following the swearing-in of these two Trustees, both assumed their roles as members of the Board for the remainder of the Closed and Regular Board meetings. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Also, as is customary following Katy ISD Board elections, Trustees elected a new slate of officers to serve for the upcoming school year.  Greg Schulte was elected as the 2021-22 president, Lance Redmon as vice president and Dawn Champagne as secretary.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The Katy ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body that oversees and shapes district policies.  Individuals serving as a board member are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Schulte-%20KISD%20BOD%20Dec%202020%20-%2009%20web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /><em>​</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Greg Schulte<br></em><em>President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Redmon,%20Lance%20-%2009%205x7.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:560px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Lance Redmon<br></em><em>Vice President of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KISD%20BOD%202018-%20049%204x5%20Champagne.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:500px;" /><em>​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Dawn Champagne<br></em><em>Secretary of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts 35th Annual Folk Life Festival at Newly Renovated Facilityhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1448Katy ISD Hosts 35th Annual Folk Life Festival at Newly Renovated Facility2021-05-12T17:19:34Z<div class="ExternalClass0C8B86FD2426482AA874E8449B1866F9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800's?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">At the upcoming 35</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival.aspx" style="text-align:justify;">Annual Folk Life Festival</a><span style="text-align:justify;">, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Other activities include:</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">blacksmith demonstrations, weaving and spinning, Native American dancing, and honey beekeeping among other presentations. Admission is free!</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated facility as they walk the grounds, visit the ponds and see the new science and history classrooms.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The festival and open house will be scaled back in size to accommodate social distancing.  Because this is an outdoor event, facial coverings are optional but are required upon entrance to the event and in all common areas such as classrooms, restrooms and any spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.  Access to buildings will also be limited to 75% capacity.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>             <br></strong><strong>35</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Folk Life Festival</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>           </p><p>Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center<br>6301 South Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>            <br></strong><strong>Saturday, May 15, 2021<br></strong>10 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/051221_Folk%20Life%20Festival.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p>​<br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorianshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1447Katy ISD Announces its 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians2021-05-10T18:34:30Z<div class="ExternalClassE4A5A07A3237446D8056E1E3B12EDBFA"><p>Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who have ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth-grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to renowned colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2020-2021 valedictorians and salutatorians are:<br></p><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>Natalie Wang – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology/PreMed</li><li>GPA:  4.8281</li></ul><li>Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></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>Layne Smith – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University: University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biology with an emphasis on Epidemiology</li><li>GPA:  4.8148</li></ul><li>Chelsea Crow – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Chelsea will be pursuing volunteer opportunities abroad after graduating and will teach Spanish literacy for a year.</li><li>Major:  N/A</li><li>GPA: 4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Min Ko Ko – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Yale University</li><li>Major:   Political Science</li><li>GPA: 4.8143</li></ul><li>Mohammad Zaidi – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Columbia University</li><li>Major:  Sociology</li><li>GPA:  4.8</li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Jennie Le – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major: Exercise Science</li><li>GPA: 4.7037</li></ul><li>Walter Pham – Salutatorian (photo unavailable)</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas</li><li>Major:  Biology</li><li>GPA: 4.7<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Paetow High School</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>John Pershing Abney – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Brown University</li><li>Major:  Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA: 4.7778</li></ul><li>Camila Silva – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Chicago</li><li>Major:  Astrophysics & Astronomy</li><li>GPA:  4.75</li></ul></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>Sameer Gupta – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science (Turing Honors Program)</li><li>GPA: 4.9079</li></ul><li>Surya Chokkar – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Computer Science and Business Honors Program</li><li>GPA:  4.9079</li></ul></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>Ecaterina Sturzu – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major: Computer Science</li><li>GPA:  4.8406</li></ul><li>Jeongwook Yun – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  University of Texas at Austin</li><li>Major:  Biomedical Engineering</li><li>GPA:  4.8302 </li></ul></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>Sahil Adhawade – Valedictorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Stanford University</li><li>Major:  Computer Science with a Concentration in Bio-Computation</li><li>GPA:  4.9048</li></ul><li>Pranav Narayanan – Salutatorian</li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>College/University:  Rice University</li><li>Major:  Biosciences</li><li>GPA: 4.85333<br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gl936cV5i91q5znhWT4QYvGyelQ_7MgH?usp=sharing">Pictures of the 2020-21 Valedictorians and Salutatorians</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
2021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Resultshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=14452021 Katy ISD Board Election & Bond Unofficial Voting Results2021-05-02T03:02:38Z<div class="ExternalClass3EDC43A5BBDE410986ED4DB5F61FB39B"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Unofficial voting results for the May 2021 Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election and Bond are as follows:</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Position 6 Candidate: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Bonnie Anderson<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Unoffi</span><span style="text-align:justify;">cial Voting Total:  1,598 votes (19.18%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">William X. Branch II<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  80 votes (0.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Garima DasGupta<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  732 votes (8.79%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Rebecca Fox<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  3,002 votes (36.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Susan Gesoff<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,754 votes (33.06%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Joseph Wojcik<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  164 votes (1.97%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Position 7 Candidates: (listed alphabetically)<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">Walter Butler<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  2,128 votes (26.96%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;">Dawn Champagne<br></span>Unofficial Voting Total:  5,766 votes (73.04%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><br>Bond 2021 Propositions:<br></span><span style="text-align:left;">P</span><span style="text-align:left;">roposition A<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  6,142 votes (71.76%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 2,417 votes (28.24%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition B<br></span>For:  6,187 votes (72.74%)<br>Against: 2,319 votes (27.26%)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:left;"><br>Proposition C<br><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">For:  5,423 votes (63.72%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,088 votes (36.28%)<br></span><br>Proposition D<br><span style="text-align:justify;">F</span><span style="text-align:justify;">or:  5,433 votes (63.81%)<br></span><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">gainst: 3,081 votes (36.19%)</span></div></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>A special board meeting will take place to conduct the official canvass of returns. The deadline to canvass final election results is Wednesday, May 12, 2021.</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD trustees are the governing body of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and shapes policies.  Individuals serving as board members are not employees of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Employees Hard Work Rewarded with a One Time Lump Sum Paymenthttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1443Katy ISD Employees Hard Work Rewarded with a One Time Lump Sum Payment2021-04-29T16:08:47Z<div class="ExternalClass235426E7C89C46D79239E94893DA5190"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">A</span><span style="text-align:justify;">s staff members across Katy Independent School District begin to wrap up the 2020-21 academic year, the District's Board of Trustees is recognizing the challenges employees have managed as they delivered successful student learning and support across the District throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tonight, Trustees discussed and approved a one-time $500 lump sum payment for full-time employees and a one-time lump sum payment of $250 to part-time employees. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From our operations staff, to food services employees, to our teachers, principals and support staff, the Board and I want to personally thank employees for everything they have done this year to help our students continue learning and stay motivated, amidst the circumstances and challenges presented," said Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board President.  “A global pandemic, coupled with the recent winter freeze, has made this an extremely challenging school year for Katy ISD families and our staff members.  I am in awe of everyone who has gone above and beyond during these trying times," added Vann. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To be eligible for the one-time lump sum payment, employment with Katy ISD must have begun by January 4, 2021.  In addition, substitutes who have worked at least 70 days during this pandemic year will receive a one-time lump sum payment of $250.00.  <br><br></p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to Normalhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1437Katy ISD Superintendent Message Looks Toward a Return to Normal2021-04-16T19:04:35Z<div class="ExternalClass7D68DF67B949441890C8A517CB13D190"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">In just a couple of weeks, Katy Independent School District will be closing out another successful school year, this one undoubtedly a memorable one with the struggles and challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Yet it also included a year with many stories of resilience from both students and staff members. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are almost at the finish line!  Despite the stressors of this past year, there were so many accomplishments that continued our Katy ISD story of excellence and perseverance," said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “Our teachers and staff provided extraordinary in-person and virtual learning experiences for all students when many schools across the nation could not.  Our students participated in all campus programs including athletics, fine arts and FFA," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Because the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) current public health guidelines will expire at the close of this academic year, the District anticipates returning to normal operations on June 1.  Students and staff members will no longer be required to wear facial coverings, daily COVID-19 notifications will cease, the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) will end and campuses will welcome back parents and volunteers at 100% capacity. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Throughout the pandemic, Katy ISD has continued to maintain an A+ rating by Niche as well as the prestigious recognition of being known as the second-best employer in Texas. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="/Pages/Superintendent-Message.aspx">Superintendent Gregorski's entire message can be found here</a> </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Virtual Teacher Job Fair for 2021https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1434Katy ISD Hosts Virtual Teacher Job Fair for 20212021-04-09T14:47:13Z<div class="ExternalClass377DF7F0C39E493F86A791BDE833395F"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all interested educators! Katy Independent School District is looking for individuals wanting to work for one of the best school districts in the Houston-Metro area.  In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, Katy ISD will be hosting a Virtual Teacher Job Fair.  This year's applications and interviews will take place virtually.  Administrators from Katy ISD elementary and secondary campuses with vacancies will be online for text and video chat as well. Interested educators will need to submit a registration form and apply online before the event date.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Katy ISD wants to continue the tradition of conducting our job fairs in a personal manner where interested candidates can interact with principals.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt that a virtual approach was the best way to continue this individual interaction," said Katy ISD Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  “Katy ISD is known as one of Texas' premier school districts, and we continue to grow," added Shields.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD will be opening one new school this year, Haskett Junior High.  Participants must have completed a current Katy ISD application online, hold a current Texas teaching certification or have completed all TEA/SBEC content exams necessary for the teaching position they are seeking. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:            <br></strong>Katy ISD 2021 Virtual Teacher Job Fair           </p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><strong>Saturday, April 17, 2021</strong><br><strong>9 a.m. – 12 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Registration Online: **needed prior to event date***</strong></span></p><p><a href="https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/katyisd/e/EBP27">https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/katyisd/e/EBP27</a>      </p><p><br><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Educationhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1433Katy ISD Named 2021 Best Communities for Music Education2021-04-30T18:45:00Z<div class="ExternalClassC08D7665F5944FFE8900C3E6F0A25EC9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the past 17 years, Katy Independent School District has received the “Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the District's outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Of NAMM's 22 years of announcing the recognition, the District has been awarded the designation 19 times total. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Best Communities for Music Education designation is presented to districts that demonstrate outstanding efforts by school communities in supporting music education as part of the school district's core curriculum.  This year, NAMM Foundation recognized 686 school districts and 80 individual schools. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The benefits of music education include brain development, social-emotional learning, relationship development, team building and learning a lifelong skill," said Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Damon Archer.  “Our Katy ISD fine arts educators continually demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide quality music experiences and training for all of our students," added Archer.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/2021%20NAMM%20Best%20Commuinities%20for%20Music%20Education.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:400px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to State Competitionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1424Katy ISD Destination Imagination Teams Head to State Competition2021-03-11T16:11:34Z<div class="ExternalClassC34125F50CA640C1A7BF665E7E28B626"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Twenty-three Katy Independent School District Destination Imagination (DI) Teams will head to the 2021 Lone Star Finals DI Tournament to be held virtually throughout the month of March.  In addition, four Katy ISD senior students received the Gulf Coast DI scholarship of $600.  This year due to restrictions, students were challenged to work in teams of up to seven members and submit their solutions in a digital format.  Podcasts, documentaries, video games, music videos and video clips showcased their work over the past few months.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Aside from working on their team challenge, each student team had 48 hours to work together from remote locations to solve an Instant Challenge," said Joan Otten, Director of Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academics Department.  "To see 23 Katy ISD teams headed to the state level is a true inspiration.  These types of tournaments motivate and equip our students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders," added Otten.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The following teams will represent Katy ISD at the state tournament:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Alexander Elementary – <em>Turtles from Salsa Lake</em></li><li>Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Intergalactic Watermelons</em></li><li>Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Flaw Law Fools</em></li><li>Bryant Elementary – <em>Paws of Katy</em></li><li>Beck Junior High – <em>Glitter Chickens</em></li><li>Beck Junior High – <em>The Senate</em></li><li>Beck Junior High – <em>FDIs</em></li><li>Cinco Ranch Junior High – <em>The Pacers</em></li><li>Exley Elementary – <em>DinoMite</em></li><li>Hayes Elementary – <em>Lights, Challenges, Action!</em></li><li>Davidson Elementary – <em>Seven Crystal Gazers</em></li><li>Katy High School – <em>Chicks with Kicks</em></li><li>Griffin Elementary – <em>Five Leafed Clovers</em></li><li>Morton Ranch Junior High – <em>The Nerd Herd</em></li><li>Pattison Elementary – <em>Smart Skittles</em></li><li>Seven Lakes Junior High – <em>The Ultimate Knights</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>Twenty Eight Eyes</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School – <em>24/7 Silly 6.0 </em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Katy High School – <em>Unscripted</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Tompkins High School - <em>iSmart</em></li><li>Seven Lakes High School & Beckendorff Junior High – <em>Houston We Have a Problem</em></li><li>Tompkins High School – <em>Mystical Pears</em></li><li>WoodCreek Junior High – <em>Fire Breathing Torpedoing Chickens</em></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Scholarship Winners:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Elizabeth O'Rear – Seven Lake High School</li><li>Daniela Ramos – Seven Lakes High School</li><li>Grace Lyons – Seven Lakes High School</li><li>Ayushi Sapru – Tompkins High School</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Destination Imagination is a world-wide creative problem-solving organization that teaches students the skills needed to succeed in school, career and beyond.  Students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, team building, problem-solving and project management.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Destination%20Imagination%20Trophies.jpg" alt="Destination Imagination Trophies.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>Destination Imagination Trophies</em><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 Update2021-03-03T20:03:02Z<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>
Katy ISD FFA Auction Brings in Over $615Khttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1418Katy ISD FFA Auction Brings in Over $615K2021-03-25T15:27:41Z<div class="ExternalClass8EB569FC274844BBB2FB4938CD9DE9A4"><p> <span style="text-align:justify;">The 2021 Katy Independent School District FFA Livestock Show auction totals have officially been announced.  Student livestock projects raised $615,051.24.  This year's livestock show consisted of 382 student exhibitors.  Top live auction winners include:</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Rabbits:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Noah Lindsey, Jordan High                                             $5,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Kendall Cooley, Jordan High                                        $5,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Senna Keppler, Tompkins High                      $3,000</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Emily White, Cinco Ranch High                   $2,000</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Broilers:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Jackson Cooper Lucas, Katy High                                  $8,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Cole Kaase, Katy High                                                 $5,500</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Kailey Wyckoff, Katy High                               $2,000</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Jesse Hoover, Tompkins High                     $2,000</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Goat:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Cole Bearden, Paetow High                                            $6,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Erin Sword, Katy High                                                  $5,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Tabitha Byrd, Paetow High                             $3,000</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Kaylee Binford, Taylor High                        $2,300</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lamb:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Mia Moderski, Cinco Ranch High                                     $5,500</li><li>Reserve Champion, Hannah Cleveland, Cinco Ranch High                          $4,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Whitney Warner, Tompkins                             $2,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Chloe LaBard, Taylor High                          $ 2,600</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Hog:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Rachel Grant, Cinco Ranch High                                   $10,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Kennedy Butler, Paetow High                                       $6,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Haleigh Triolo, Katy High                                $3,200</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Heather Dawson, Cinco Ranch High           $2,500</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Steer:</strong></span></p><ul><li>Grand Champion, Emma Jordan, Cinco Ranch High                                   $12,000</li><li>Reserve Champion, Napoleon Ortega, Paetow High                                     $8,000</li><li>Grand Champion Showman, Lance Nicholas, Katy High                               $5,500</li><li>Reserve Champion Showman, Reghan Jones, Katy High                           $11,999</li></ul> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/CRHS_Emma%20Jordan_Grand%20Champion.jpg" alt="CRHS_Emma Jordan_Grand Champion.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:323px;" />Cinco Ranch High School Senior Emma Jordan</em><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <em>Top Auction Winner</em><br> <br></p><p> <br> </p></div>
Opportunity to Review Proposed Instructional Materialshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1415Opportunity to Review Proposed Instructional Materials2021-02-23T17:45:09Z<div class="ExternalClass6AD69A9F9636466D8FAD632FB2F4EE89"><p>Katy ISD parents and community members are invited to review proposed instructional materials that will be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year and provide feedback to the selection committees making the recommendations. </p><p>Most course materials can be reviewed virtually while other materials can be viewed in-person by appointment. Proposed materials can be accessed at <a href="/dept/fpef/Pages/IMA.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/fpef/Pages/IMA.aspx</a>  from February 22-26, 2021.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
​Campuses Closed to Students on Feb. 22, District Updateshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1411​Campuses Closed to Students on Feb. 22, District Updates2021-03-02T17:30:59Z<div class="ExternalClassB43E967D0A814CFD9943C93F05021CC9"><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c7751e53aab1000fec2bb3e02cf6494e0daffdf7/650x100-MfS-6_copy.jpg" alt="Supt Email Banner" width="650" height="100" style="display:block;margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As a reminder, campuses are closed to students tomorrow, February 22 due to the continuation of some local water advisories into Monday.  As of today, the cities of Katy and Houston have lifted their boil water notices. We hope to learn more from other municipalities regarding additional water advisories by early tomorrow, and will provide updates following physical assessments of our campuses in the morning. However, at this time, less than 10 campuses remain under water advisories, and it is expected that we will be able to reopen our schools to students on Tuesday. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In the meantime, students who are in the position tomorrow to log into the District’s online learning platform to catch up on assignments, or check in with teachers, are encouraged to do so.  However, attendance will not be taken Monday, as we understand that some of our families’ are still addressing the challenges of accessing basic necessities such as clean water and internet stability. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I also want to provide our families with information on resources available to those significantly impacted by the storm, as well as other updates for this week, as it stands this evening.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Winter Storm Displaced Students & Families</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, provides immediate enrollment and education stability for displaced and homeless children and youth.  District staff are in the process of reaching out to families to connect them with supports and information available through the Act. Families who may have been displaced by the storm are requested to complete </span>a <a href="/dept/fpef/Documents/SRQ%20-%20English%2020-21.pdf">Student Residency Questionnaire- ENG</a> or <a href="/dept/fpef/Documents/SRQ%20Spanish%2020-21.pdf">Student Residency Questionnaire- SPA</a>, and email it to <a href="mailto:SRQ@katyisd.org">SRQ@katyisd.org</a>, or call 281-396-2612. </p><p>Additional information about the Act can be found <a href="/dept/fpef/Pages/Homeless.aspx">here</a>.<br></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Grab and Go Meal Service</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Grab and Go</em> meal service for breakfast and lunch, is available to every Katy ISD student tomorrow. Meal sites will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cinco Ranch HS, Katy HS, Mayde Creek HS, Morton Ranch HS and Tompkins HS.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Elementary and Secondary Assignments & Grading Updates</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The elementary 3<sup>rd</sup> nine week grading window is on schedule to close on Friday, March 12.  Elementary teachers are preparing to check-in and reconnect with their students and families who have access to internet connections, tomorrow.  Elementary teachers will provide updated assignment schedules beginning on Tuesday, February 23.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The secondary 5<sup>th</sup> six weeks grading window is on schedule to open on Tuesday, February 23.  It is important our secondary teachers and students have the opportunity to close out the 4<sup>th</sup> six weeks grading period.  Teachers will begin checking in and reconnecting with their students on Monday.  Teachers have through Wednesday, February 24 to work with students on any pending 4<sup>th</sup> six weeks assignments.  In addition, the minimum number of required assignments for that grading period has been waived. Students with questions regarding their pending 4<sup>th</sup> six weeks assignments or assessment grades are encouraged to contact their teacher or campus administrator.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Texas Education Agency (TEA) Waivers, Makeup Days</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As of now, I do not anticipate the need for makeup days pertaining to last week’s closure.  TEA has already indicated that it will allow for waiver applications for last week’s missed days, as well as consider waivers for school districts that remain inoperable on days this week due to continued weather impacts. I plan to provide our Board of Trustees an action item for a TEA waiver application at the March Board Meeting.  Following Board approval, the waiver application will be submitted to TEA for all previous and future campus closure dates connected to last week’s winter storm. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Katy ISD Free COVID-19 Testing Site</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The District’s Free COVID Testing Site will be open and providing services to students and staff beginning tomorrow morning.  The site is being temporarily housed at the Leonard Merrell Center at 6301 S. Stadium Lane from February 22-26 (7 a.m.-4 p.m.), as preparations begin for this week’s FFA Livestock Show at the Agricultural Sciences Center.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I will continue to advise our families and staff of any changes or updates to district plans as we learn more from our local municipalities.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As always, thank you for your patience and support. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Ken Gregorski, Ed.D.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Superintendent</span></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens This Mondayhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1394Katy Virtual School Registration Opens This Monday2021-03-17T16:16:24Z<div class="ExternalClassB07339CE2C1E4E91A3BCFC5B2D2021C8"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/KVS%20transparent.png" alt="KVS transparent.png" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:132px;" /><br></p><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">For students, virtual classes are an excellent way to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities. Last year, over 4,000 students utilized the Katy Virtual School (KVS) program</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> offered by the Katy Independent School District</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of expanding the learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous online courses developed </span><span style="text-align:justify;">and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Monday, February 1 at 7</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">a.m., KVS will begin online registration for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"KVS provides online learning that offers a flexible, online experience, which helps students achieve their educational goals," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. "The virtual model of e-learning is in high demand and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD students, outside of normal school hours, to support student graduation plans. KVS is different from the current Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which is the online learning model implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic," added Richards.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS will offer a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 30 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year.  The cost per course is $200 per semester. KVS is an approved College Board online provider for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, students can talk with their campus counselor for additional information, email KVS at <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a> or visit the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy ISD Virtual School</a> website. </p><p><em>Please note:  Katy Virtual School and Katy Virtual Academy are two separate programs.  Katy Virtual School is a supplemental program to help entering or present high school students take courses in advance.</em></p><p><br></p></div>
Community Committee Prepares to Recommend Katy ISD Schools Bondhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1393Community Committee Prepares to Recommend Katy ISD Schools Bond2021-03-17T16:16:24Z<div class="ExternalClass4CFA5E6C7895466C8B3F9572C8CC7F7E"><p style="text-align:center;"><span><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/000.LO-Bond%202021%20(Slogan%202)%20vs1%20updated.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:95px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Following three meetings comprised of in-depth analysis of projected student enrollment growth, alongside district financial capacity, school renovation, technology and safety needs, the Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) has developed a 2021 Bond package that they plan to recommend to the District's Board of Trustees.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During tonight's final CBAC meeting, the committee reviewed and discussed clarifications on the proposed natatorium and agricultural barn for high school #10, as well as received a detailed overview of the ballot language and changes to state legislation pertaining to schools bonds.  The District also reported on the outcomes of a scientific opinion poll of randomized Katy area voters designed to demonstrate the importance of clearly communicating campus capital needs to taxpayers during a potential schools bond election.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the CBAC took a group vote on projects and propositions to include in their recommended schools bond. The CBAC's recommended propositions include: </p><ul><li>Proposition A: New Schools, Renovations, Safety & Security and Building Component Replacements<strong> </strong>$591,368,568</li><li>Proposition B: Classroom & Campus Technology $59,755,242</li><li>Proposition C: Natatorium for the new High School #10 $13,842,610</li><li>Proposition D: Campus Athletic Building Component Replacements $11,260,000</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The CBAC consists of more than 100 individuals including parents, community leaders, retirees, teachers, students, and campus principals who are reflective of the diverse skills, backgrounds, and geographic regions throughout the Katy area.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Special Board Meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 8 in which Trustees will be presented the CBAC's recommended bond package for consideration.  It is expected that Trustees will take action on the item at that meeting.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, visit the <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx">Bond 2021 webpage</a>. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy High School's Gary Joseph Named Coach of the Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1391Katy High School's Gary Joseph Named Coach of the Year2021-01-22T17:37:43Z<div class="ExternalClass7A8A78165ED64FF4879BB8E685BD4248"><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District football coaches and student players received a well-deserved spotlight during this year's Touchdown Club of Houston 2020 UIL High School Awards Dinner.  Just days after the Katy High School Tigers won their ninth state championship title, the school's Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach, Gary Joseph, received the award of the night, when he was named the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Coach of the Year</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> by the organization.  Additionally, Tompkins High School (OTHS) Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Todd McVey was named the Coach of the Year finalist. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several Katy ISD athletes were also recognized for their hard work in the sport as well as their commitment to maintaining excellent grades throughout the school year.  Recognitions include:</p><ul><li>Julius Loughridge – Mayde Creek High School - Offensive Player of the Year Finalist</li><li>Bryce Foster – Taylor High School – Offensive Player of the Year Finalist</li><li>Jalen Milroe – Tompkins High School (December 2020 graduate) – Offensive Player of the Year Finalist</li></ul><p>The Touchdown Club of Houston is an organization dedicated to the sharing of fellowship through football.  The members support football teams at all levels and in different geographic areas.   <br><br><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8xcadyk5vnwercn/AAC0_eQWW-ElEy_hsqCQGQ_ga?dl=0">Photos of the Touchdown Club of Houston UIL High School Awards Dinner</a> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/5_Everyone%20Together.jpg" alt="5_Everyone Together.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:300px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
2021: Katy ISD Seeks Parent Volunteers for Instructional Material Selectionhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=13842021: Katy ISD Seeks Parent Volunteers for Instructional Material Selection2021-01-13T19:34:31Z<div class="ExternalClass26169023116B46398949907DDF1847FA"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Calling all interested Katy Independent School District parents!!  The 2021-2022 school year is beginning to shape up and Katy ISD is preparing.  As part of that preparation, the District is looking for parent volunteers to serve on a virtual committee to review and select instructional materials for several new secondary courses.  The courses include:</span><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>African American Studies (January 21, 2021 @ 2:45 p.m. & February 4, 2021 @ 2:45 p.m.)</li><li>Mexican American Studies (January 20, 2021 @ 2:45 p.m. & February 3, 2021 @ 2:45 p.m.)</li><li>Automotive Basics (Early February – Date and Time to be determined)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Due to COVID-19, the review process will be conducted virtually.  Parents interested in volunteering for the instructional material review committee should complete the following form by Monday, January 18: <a href="https://tinyurl.com/y3mg3ovy">https://tinyurl.com/y3mg3ovy</a> <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Approves 2022-2023 Instructional Calendarhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1376Katy ISD Approves 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar2021-03-17T16:08:59Z<div class="ExternalClassC87A9DF457564C36952E97B3717F64D5"><p>During last night's board meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a calendar that includes:<br></p><ul><li>Wednesday, August 17: First Day of School</li><li>Friday, May 19: Seniors – Last Day of School</li><li>Thursday, May 25: Last Day of School for all other students</li><li>172 Instructional Days</li></ul><p>"The development of the Katy ISD instructional calendar often begins in the fall of each year," said Deputy Superintendent Leslie Haack.  "The District values the school community's feedback and has recommended a calendar based on their preference," added Haack.  </p><p>The approved calendar also provides teachers two professional development flex days in August 2022 as well as five additional days of professional development throughout the school year.  Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Good Friday are holidays, and the District will continue providing a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas and one week for Spring Break.  <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Approved%202022-23%20Instructional%20Calendar%20-%20Option%20A.png" alt="Approved 2022-23 Instructional Calendar - Option A.png" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Seeks 2021 Bond to Address Rapid Student Growthhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1374Katy ISD Seeks 2021 Bond to Address Rapid Student Growth2021-01-05T20:47:13Z<div class="ExternalClass4879D1D5D62F4FBAB2437A06C4576A3E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">As families continue to move west of the Houston Metro area to enroll their children in the fastest-growing school district in Texas, recently the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees discussed a Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) coming together to review capital needs in consideration of a May 2021 Bond Referendum. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Located within 181 square miles and serving more than 84,000 students at 71 campuses and facilities, Katy ISD is the sixth-largest school district in Texas known for its high academic performance, its award-winning staff and its highly sought out school programs, among other extra-curricular activities. On average, Katy ISD is enrolling an additional 2,400 students every school year with a projected enrollment of more than 100,000 learners by 2027.  Enrollment increases are taking place most significantly in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD, where new communities are being developed and are expected to flourish within the next decade.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CBAC's planning and review of capital needs will include reviewing enrollment projections, the need for new schools and facilities to address capacity limitations while paying close attention to renovations and component replacements necessary at aging campuses and buildings.  Within the brick and mortar schools, additional areas affecting the growing student population are technology upgrades and safety and security projects to support learners and staff needs.  Katy ISD has a history of approving bonds, which dates back to at least 1994.  In 2017, school community voters approved a $609,204,553 bond with a no tax rate increase.  It provided for six new schools, a major comprehensive renovation at one campus, component replacements, expansions and safety and technology improvements among other items.  Katy ISD anticipates being able to deliver once again on a zero tax rate increase.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Due to the District's safety protocols, only three socially distanced, in-person CBAC meetings will take place during the process.  Committee members will have the opportunity to review, vet and decide upon the capital projects to be included in the school district's bond package, should they determine a need to recommend a referendum.  During the bond meetings, staff will provide in-depth background information associated with long-range needs, demographics and finances, which will allow the CBAC to finalize a bond package to present to the Board of Trustees on Monday, February 8 during a Special Board meeting. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For additional information about the CBAC and the bond creation process, visit the <a href="/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Bond 2021 webpage</a>.<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews - December 4, 2020https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1368Smart Restart Weekly eNews - December 4, 20202020-12-07T15:48:24Z<div class="ExternalClass14E2472639F34DD38AEC687C46E6B920"><p>​</p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="Weekly eNews" width="813" height="143" style="display:block;margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 4, 2020</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s Smart Restart eNews. More information about Katy ISD’s return to school can also be found on the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart web page</a>!  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0"><strong>Winter Holiday Reminder –</strong> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0">Katy ISD </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0">is closed for the Winter Holiday Break</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0"> beginning December 21 – January </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0">1</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW150713379 BCX0">. Monday, January 4, is a Professional Learning Day for teachers and staff. Students return to learning (KVA and in-person) on Tuesday, January 5.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW150713379 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED*</strong></span><strong> Deadline: KVA and Face to Face Elementary 3</strong><strong>rd</strong><strong> Nine Weeks & Secondary 4</strong><strong>th</strong><strong> Six Weeks Grading Period Option Window </strong> </span></p><p aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Today is the last day to opt-in or opt-out of KVA or in-person learning. The form is available on your student’s home campus web page.  You are only required to submit a form if you wish to make a change to your child's instructional setting for the second semester grading period, which begins Tuesday, January 5, 2021.   </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you wish to change your child from Katy Virtual Academy instruction to Face to Face Instruction for the next grading period, please complete the form. Face to face instruction will begin on January 5 and will be at your child's campus.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you wish to change your child from Face to Face instruction to Katy Virtual Academy instruction, please complete the form. KVA will begin on January 5 and instruction will be virtual.  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you elect to change your child's instructional setting, please be aware that his/her schedule and/or teacher assignments are subject to change for the new grading period. </span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you <strong>DO NOT</strong> wish to make a change to your child's current instructional delivery setting for the next grading period, you <strong>DO NOT</strong> need to take any action.  <strong>Please DO NOT complete the form</strong>.   </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong>Fall Semester GPA and Class Rank</strong><strong>  </strong> </span></p><p aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Updated GPA and Rank will be available on January 13, 2021 via the Home Access Center and will include the Fall 2020 semester grades. </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Grades 9 – 12:  GPA calculated </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Grades 11 – 12: Class Rank calculated </span></li></ul><p aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">*Note, rank is official for students in the top 10% and all others will receive quartile ranking. Home Access Center (HAC) will display rank for all; however, it is unofficial.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong>Scribbles Electronic Transcript Requests</strong> </span></p><p aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Beginning on January 19, current students will have the ability to electronically request official transcripts, at no charge, through Scribbles, an online partner with Katy ISD. Stay tuned as more information will be available from the high school campuses in January. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong>High School Grab </strong><strong>&</strong><strong> Go Meals and Transportation</strong><strong> -</strong><strong> December 16-17, 2020</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">On December 16 and 17, 2020, all high school campuses will be on a hybrid, in-person/asynchronous exam schedule (schedule below).  For each of those two days, the second exam will end at 11:35am.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Meals at no cost will be offered as a “grab and go” meal on both days.  Students may eat in the cafeteria prior to getting on the bus, or they may take their meal with them and eat at home.  Students may not eat on the bus.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All high school buses, both regular and special education, will depart the campus at 11:55am on the 16th and 17th.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de9c0a24f472ef3825910f950135d323/hs_final_schedule.png" alt="HS Final Schedule" width="639" height="425" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*NEW*</strong></span><strong> </strong><strong>Katy ISD Athletic Department Updates</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and continued concerns in maintaining a gym capacity that is in compliance, the plan to seat fans for junior high and high school basketball games will be modified.  Effective immediately, parents of basketball players participating in a scheduled competition will be provided a Parent Card and when presented at the game allowed to purchase up to a maximum of (4) tickets.  Students will only be admitted if accompanied by an adult and the student is provided (1) of the (4) purchased tickets.   </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">19-6A or 19-5A passes will admit four (4).   </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Booster Club passes will admit the holder only (1). </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Staff ID’s will admit the holder only (1). </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">JH Sports pass will admit the holder plus one (2). </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="41" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Gold Card pass will admit the holder plus one (2). </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All capacity limits are still in effect.  Non-district visiting teams will be expected to follow the same ticket purchase protocol.  The non-district visiting teams will be provided the updated basketball ticket purchase plan prior to the scheduled event.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The revised basketball ticket purchase plan applies to all junior high and high school competitions. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">With the number of changes to our schedules for all sports, be sure to visit our <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">website</a> or <a href="https://www.rankonesport.com/Schedules/View_Schedule_All_Web.aspx?D=E60DB75B-3AB2-4FE7-B746-0735376AFB5B">Rank One Sport</a> for the latest schedule updates. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>*UPDATED* </strong></span><strong>COVID-19 FREE Testing </strong><strong>Site</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The district’s testing site service is FREE to all Katy ISD enrolled students, as well as Katy ISD employees who participate in the district’s health insurance plan. The regular site hours are Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students may schedule an appointment via the <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aa5a82aa1fb6-katy__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HJQ2tK1S8KPZ4aZBubto-2X1jNwO9NwsKilKhZZ21gByKnDtwJnSFu_ICpeI85JG9c42$">Student Testing Appointment Scheduler</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Winter Break Testing Site Hours</strong></span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 21-23: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 24-25: Closed</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 26: 8:00 a.m. - noon</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 28-30: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">December 31: Closed</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">January 1: Closed</span></li><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">January 2: 8:00 a.m. - noon</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.    </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts Updates</strong></span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="TextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0">The Fine Arts Department announces the unveiling of our first Education Support Complex Virtual Student Art Gallery.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2 SCXW244551802 BCX0">students</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0"> pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade during this scholastic year.  Enter the gallery at </span></span><a class="Hyperlink SCXW244551802 BCX0" href="https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="TextRun Underlined SCXW244551802 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery</span></span></a><span class="TextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW244551802 BCX0">  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW244551802 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></span></li><li><span class="EOP SCXW244551802 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}" style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fine Arts Calendar</a></span></li></ul><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong style="font-size:12pt;">COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Continued </strong><strong>Campus </strong><strong>Phase 1 </strong><strong>Safety </strong><strong>Protocols</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols remain in effect to ensure the continued mitigation and deterrence of the potential spread of COVID-19. The District anticipates releasing Phase 2 protocols when state, local and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provide updated guidance allowing for de-escalation of virus mitigation protocols.  Katy ISD will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please check the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/SafetyProtocols.aspx#general">current Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols</a>.  </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Click the below image to access Katy ISD COVID-19 Resources:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Pages/COVID-19-Self-Reporting.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f4446035ccd45e84be296252250a03bd/COVID_19.PNG" alt="APP" width="305" height="53" style="margin:5px;" /></strong></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/59923222919e05c66d158153cefd24b3/Case_Dashboard.PNG" alt="Dashboard" width="311" height="62" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aa5a82aa1fb6-katy" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a11c01b8970d03cc93dd2671584ca463/appointment_Scheduler.PNG" alt="Appintment" width="313" height="49" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec741e87c41cee2a126b6f6e1f8d57ba/Mitigation_Plan.PNG" alt="Mitigation Plan" width="321" height="58" style="margin:5px;" /></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan has been updated to provide the following clarifications. </span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If a student that was sent home from school because they were deemed to have been in close contact and then is able to attain a negative result from an acute infection test at an approved testing location – they will at minimum need to wait until the start of the following school day before returning to school. </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If any individual is living in the same household with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they must: </span> <ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Notify campus nurse <strong>AND</strong> </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Self-isolate for 14 days </span></li></ul></li></ul><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="2"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The individual may return to school / work if; </span> <ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="2"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">They receive an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19 <strong>with</strong> a medical professional’s release clearing the individual to return to school /work    </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="2"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Recommended statement from medical professional allowing student to return to school,</strong><strong><em> “Household mitigation has been assessed, individual is cleared to return to school/work.” </em></strong> </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="2"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>OR</strong> </span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="34" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="2"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Self-isolate for 14 days after exposure with no further symptoms. </span></li></ul></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements </strong>are available on the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/SafetyProtocols.aspx#general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Safety Protocols web page</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Secondary Updates</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>CTE Courses Update for KVA Students</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Several of the CTE lab courses originally thought to be achievable via KVA are not conducive or feasible in an online platform. These identified CTE courses require specialized hardware and software that are not compatible with most devices that students are utilizing in KVA. After receiving input from parents, students and administrators, the District is now allowing students with a medical hardship and who have access to the required hardware and software to remain in KVA and continue in their CTE course. You may apply for a medical hardship by submitting a request to <a href="mailto:medicalhardship@katyisd.org">medicalhardship@katyisd.org</a>. Qualifying students who do not have access to the required technology will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If a parent, of a student enrolled in one of the courses below, elects to have their student remain in KVA without a medical hardship, the student’s counselor will work to schedule the student in a different course for the spring semester. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/9310cb7cff1c216260dfa6af28d45232/xhart_1_courses_CTE.PNG" alt="CTE Courses" width="646" height="221" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA students who are enrolled in one of the following CTE courses must elect to return to in-person learning to remain enrolled in the CTE course second semester.  The remaining TEKS and CTE contact hours associated with these second semester courses require the use of specific equipment and are not conducive to (or feasible in) the KVA platform. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/e84956bd0ad8227a87bcd1b3144aa9b6/xhart_2_courses_CTE.PNG" alt="CTE Courses 2" width="643" height="151" style="margin:5px;" /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVA secondary students who are enrolled in one of the CTE courses listed in the charts above who have <strong>NOT</strong> fulfilled the in-person instruction/lab components of their respective courses <strong>and </strong>are<strong> </strong>earning a failing semester grade will be removed from the course. Students will be placed in an alternative elective course for the spring semester. Students may have the opportunity to re-enroll in the CTE course for the next school year, if eligible. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2021 Graduation Ceremony Schedule</strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is excited to announce that the Class of 2021, 2022 & 2023 graduation ceremonies will be held at Legacy Stadium.  All ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled to 8:00 a.m. the following day. Tickets and parking passes will not be required of guests unless COVID-19 guidance requires a capacity limit for large outdoor gathering. The ceremony schedule can be found <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Schedule.pdf">here</a>. </span></p><hr /><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for </strong><strong>Parents/Students</strong><strong> Support Inquiries </strong> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Online:</strong>  </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, click “Help” in Canvas  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="5" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="23" data-aria-posinset="6" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support</strong><strong> Important Links</strong> </span></p><ul><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="7" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="8" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="9" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="10" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="11" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </span></li><li aria-setsize="-1" data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="6" data-aria-posinset="12" data-aria-level="1"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/">Technology Device Request Form</a> </span></li></ul><p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">#KatyStrong</span></p><p><br></p></div>
Superintendent Message - Preparing for Thanksgiving Break & Coming Weekshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1363Superintendent Message - Preparing for Thanksgiving Break & Coming Weeks2020-11-17T19:14:09Z<div class="ExternalClass517A89CAD0E844BF9C4F6AAF13CEFA9C"><p>​November 16, 2020 - <br></p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians and Staff,</p><p>After eight months of hard work, challenges and working together through a global pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you and speak to some important dates and safety protocol reminders before a well-deserved holiday break.<br></p><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/487b39affba13fad03262fb70435b310/PLAY_BUTTON_%25281%2529.jpg" alt="Supt Katy ISD" style="width:280px;margin:5px;" /><p><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/youtu.be/HIn1TRzdLWE__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21CPWNX1ZrSdOsL5iPjyq3C7Xqfad-Uc7YppemUJ1yNTSM0TJ_QWB0ROQHA-AkdKE0Ow$"><em>Watch this video message</em></a><em> from Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski.</em></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Thanksgiving Break is November 23 – 27 with staff and students returning to in-person learning or KVA on Monday, November 30.</li><li><a href="/returntoschool/Pages/SafetyProtocols.aspx#general">Phase 1 COVID-19 Safety Protocols</a> continue and remain aligned with state, TEA and local guidance.</li><li>KVA opt-in to in-person learning will be open Wednesday, November 18 through December 4.</li></ul><p>I am extremely grateful to our employees, families and community for all of your hard work and diligence these past few months, whether it was transitioning to virtual learning early in the pandemic, preparing for in-person learning or helping to follow safety protocols.</p><p>Finally, be safe, be mindful to take precautions to minimize COVID spread and risks, and enjoy your Thanksgiving break.</p><p>If I don't see you before the end of this week, I look forward to welcoming you back when school resumes on Monday, November 30th.</p><p>Dr. Ken Gregorski<br> Superintendent<br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews – November 13, 2020https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1362Smart Restart Weekly eNews – November 13, 20202020-11-15T18:00:13Z<div class="ExternalClassFE80E1B0A80040F2BB058ADBDB0196C7"><p>​<img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:694px;height:115px;" /><br></p><p>November 13, 2020</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,  </p><p>Below is this week's Smart Restart eNews.  More information about Katy ISD's return to school can also be found on the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart webpage</a>!  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><strong>*UPDATE*</strong><strong> Continued Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols remain in effect to ensure the continued mitigation and deterrence of the potential spread of COVID-19. The District anticipates releasing Phase 2 protocols when state, local and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provide updated guidance allowing for de-escalation of virus mitigation protocols.  Katy ISD will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please check the Katy ISD "Smart Restart" webpage to review <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/SafetyProtocols.aspx#general">current Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols</a>.  </p><p><strong>*NEW* </strong><strong>Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment Scheduler</strong> </p><p>To help expedite free student COVID-19 testing, while practicing social distancing at the testing site, Katy ISD has established a Student COVID-19 Testing Sign-Up Form that allows families to secure an appointment time for their student(s).  A direct link can be found on the <a href="/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD website</a>. <br></p><p><a href="https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aa5a82aa1fb6-katy" title="Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Appointment" target="_blank"><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19_Student_Testing.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p><p>The free rapid COVID-19 test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project and consists of:  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>A nasal-based testing option (saliva-based option is still pending) </li><li>Results in 20 minutes </li></ul><p>The free student COVID-19 rapid test is available at the District's Agricultural Sciences Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. </p><p><strong>*NEW* </strong><strong>KVA Elementary & Secondary Option Window</strong> </p><p>The next window to change your child's learning environment (from KVA to Face to Face or from Face to Face to KVA) for the secondary 4th six weeks or the elementary 3rd nine weeks opens on November 18 – December 4.    </p><p>As a reminder, the option form will be available on your child's home campus web page.  This window is in place to allow campus staff to make scheduling adjustments and class balances prior to leaving for the winter holiday.  All campuses and offices will be closed December 21-January 1.  Teachers and staff will return Monday, January 4 with students returning Tuesday, January 5 for the start of the second semester. </p><p><strong>*UPDATED* </strong><strong>CTE Courses </strong> </p><p>Several of the CTE lab courses originally thought to be achievable via KVA are not conducive or feasible in an online platform. These identified CTE courses require specialized hardware and software that are not compatible with most devices that students are utilizing in KVA. After receiving input from parents, students and administrators, the District is now allowing students with a medical hardship and who have access to the required hardware and software to remain in KVA and continue in their CTE course. You may apply for a medical hardship by submitting a request to <a href="mailto:medicalhardship@katyisd.org">medicalhardship@katyisd.org</a>. Qualifying students who do not have access to the required technology will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If a parent, of a student enrolled in one of the courses below, elects to have their student remain in KVA without a medical hardship, the student's counselor will work to schedule the student in a different course for the spring semester. <br></p><p>KVA students who are enrolled in one of the following CTE courses <span style="text-decoration:underline;">must elect to return to in-person learning to remain enrolled in the CTE course second semester.</span>  The remaining TEKS and CTE contact hours associated with these second semester courses require the use of specific equipment and are not conducive to (or feasible in) the KVA platform.   </p><p>KVA secondary students who are enrolled in one of the CTE courses listed in the charts above who have <strong>NOT</strong> fulfilled the in-person instruction/lab components of their respective courses<strong> and</strong> are earning a failing semester grade <span style="text-decoration:underline;">will be removed</span> from the course. Students will be placed in an alternative elective course for the spring semester. Students may have the opportunity to re-enroll in the CTE course for the next school year, if eligible. </p><p><strong>Military Academies Night</strong></p><p>Military Academies Night is an opportunity to learn about the five United States Service Academies, and the unique criteria required to qualify for a nomination and admission. The virtual event will be on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Webinar Link: <a href="https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/84132290527">https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/84132290527</a></li><li>Webinar ID: 841 3229 0527</li><li>Passcode: Academies</li></ul><p><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong> </p><p>All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </p><p>Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </p><p>Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted. </p><p><strong>Home Access Center (HAC) to view IPRs, Report  Cards, Homeroom Assignments & Schedules</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Secondary: </strong>The Interim Progress Reports (IPR) for grades 6 – 12 is electronically viewable in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>.  To view the electronic IPR grade reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </li><li><strong>Elementary:</strong>  Report Cards for grades PK – 5 are 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 reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </li><li>If you need further information on the HAC, please click here: <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">English- HAC FAQs</a> and <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Spanish- HAC FAQs.</a>  If you have never logged in to HAC, and need assistance, please click <a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/IdAutoForm/PasswordResetToolHelp.html">here</a>. You can retrieve your username and/or reset your password. </li></ul><p><strong>Attendance Reminders: KVA and Face to Face Learners</strong> </p><p>An absence occurs anytime a student does not attend their regularly scheduled class, whether in KVA or in-person instruction. All students must provide either written documentation (note/email) or a phone call from a parent/guardian for all absences. Please refer to the Katy ISD Elementary and Secondary Student Handbook for detailed information for reporting an absence and guidelines for making up assignments. </p><p><strong>KVA Behavior Expectations</strong> </p><p>As the first semester progresses, please do review and encourage your students to abide by the behavior expectations set forth for KVA students.   This information can be found in the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/KatyISD_Virtual_Learning_Plan.pdf">Katy ISD KVA Resource Guide</a>, page 8, on the Smart Restart Page. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p><strong>Phase 1 Safety Protocols</strong></p><p>In preparation for the next secondary six-week grading period, the Phase 1 Safety Protocols will continue to be in effect.  Additional modifications to the Phase 1 Safety Protocols can be found <a href="/Documents/Campus%20Phase%201%20Protocols%20-%20Friday%20September%2018.pdf">here</a>. </p><p><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD asks all students and staff to provide their own face covering from home. Katy ISD will make every effort to provide a face covering to those unable to provide their own or should an individual's face covering become ineffective during school hours. Katy ISD safety protocols for student masks/face coverings/face shields have been updated to ensure consistency and to maximum safety protocols and protections across all buildings and grade levels.  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>All staff are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield when in a Katy ISD facility </li><li>Students, grades 4-12 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival to school and dismissal, when riding buses, in hallways, common areas, and in classrooms.   </li><li>Students in grades PK-3 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival and dismissal, in the hallways, common areas, on the school bus and, when developmentally appropriate, in the classrooms. </li><li>Katy ISD recognizes our younger students and their range of abilities, including the wearing of a facial covering during classroom instruction, may vary due to the child's stage of development. Alternative measures of safety are available for our younger students who may not be able to wear a facial covering at all times when inside the classroom.  Parents of PK-3 grade students are encouraged to contact their child's campus principal or campus nurse with questions regarding the wearing of a facial covering within the classroom. </li></ul><p>Face coverings include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), and face shields.  Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth and must cover one's face, extending below the chin. </p><p><em>Non-Compliance with Mask Requirement</em> </p><p>Katy ISD is offering parents the option of virtual or in-person instruction. Students who do not comply with safety protocols in place for in-person instruction will be transitioned to Katy Virtual Academy for the duration of the grading period. KVA students participating in in-person school related activities before and after the start of the instructional day must also follow the same safety protocols. Students who do not wear masks/face coverings as required by District safety protocols will not be allowed to participate in school related activities. Should a student have a medical condition that would preclude him/her from wearing a mask, the parent is requested to provide the campus nurse documentation from their medical provider. </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Self-Reporting APP, Notifications & Information</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19%20Self%20Reporting.png" alt="COVID-19 Positive Self Reporting" style="margin:0px;" /><br></strong></p><p>The District has a COVID-19 Reporting System in place to allow 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 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 infected person. A general email notification is also sent to campus staff and families whenever the district is informed of a potential "indirect" COVID-19 exposure in their building. Receipt of the general notification alone indicates that the recipient was not in close contact to the COVID-19 positive case reported for their building. </p><p>Many school personnel and other staff are teaching and working on Katy ISD campuses and facilities. Should there be a potential COVID-19 exposure on any campus or facility, a general notification is sent to staff at the work site impacted, by the end of the day in which the self-report was submitted. Staff who may have been directly exposed because of failed COVID-19 safety protocol will be notified directly by a member of the Risk Management Department.   </p><p>Parents receive applicable campus-based general notifications during the regular school year, when in-person instruction is taking place.  </p><p>Students and staff may report positive COVID-19 results using the COVID-19 Self Reporting app on the District website homepage and MyKaty Cloud. <br></p><p><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" title="COVID-19 Case Dashboard" target="_blank"><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19Dashboard.png" alt="COVID-19 Case Dashboard" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p><p><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" title="Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan" target="_blank"><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19MitigationPlan.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>The<strong> Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan</strong> has been updated to provide the following clarifications. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>If a student that was sent home from school because they were deemed to have been in close contact and then is able to attain a negative result from an acute infection test at an approved testing location – they will at minimum need to wait until the start of the following school day before returning to school. </li><li>If any individual is living in the same household with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they must:  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Notify campus nurse <strong>AND</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days </li></ul></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The individual may return to school / work if;  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>They receive an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19 <strong>with</strong> a medical professional's release clearing the individual to return to school /work    </li><li><strong>Recommended statement from medical professional allowing student to return to school,</strong><em><strong> "Household mitigation has been assessed, individual is cleared to return to school/work." </strong></em> </li><li><strong>OR</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days after exposure with no further symptoms. <br></li></ul></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Secondary Information</strong></span></p><p><strong>Fine Arts </strong> </p><p>The Fine Arts Department announces the unveiling of our first Education Support Complex Virtual Student Art Gallery.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade during this scholastic year.  Enter the gallery at <a href="https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery">https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery</a>  Utilize the '<em>presentation</em> <em>mode'</em> and enter the gallery on the first slide.  Follow the arrows on each page to move between rooms.  Visitors may select any campus, enter and locate work for their enjoyment.   </p><p>Visit the Fine Arts Calendar <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>  regarding up to date information of all the fine arts performances throughout the district.  These performances may be virtual or in person with the updated modifications to the district safety protocol. </p><p>Pregame and halftime performances are continuing for cheer, choir, drill teams, and bands at varsity football games.   Parents of these performing fine art students will receive a link to purchase tickets for these events from their campus directors.  These tickets will become available on Monday morning at 9 a.m. the week of the game.  Due to the limited seating capacity, it is highly recommended to reserve your tickets as soon as possible.  To review the Katy ISD district football schedule visit <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a> for details.  </p><p>UIL Region 23 Marching Contest on November 17 online ticket sales have begun.  Those families with marching band participants, if you have not received the link to purchase your tickets please reach out to your program director to gain access to purchase these tickets.  Tickets at the gate may not be available or limited due to the online presale and our current stadium capacity limits.   </p><p><strong>Katy ISD Athletic Department Updates</strong> </p><p>The most current schedule <a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/KatyISD_Football_Schedule.pdf">can be found here</a>. Refer to the Katy ISD Athletics website to view our weekly schedules for all sports. </p><p>During basketball season, our facilities will operate under a reduced spectator capacity.  As with football and volleyball, we will ensure parents are able to attend games their student is playing in.  Details will be provided by the coaching staff at your campus. </p><p><strong>2021 Graduation Ceremony Schedule</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD is excited to announce that the Class of 2021, 2022 & 2023 graduation ceremonies will be held at Legacy Stadium.  All ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled to 8:00 a.m. the following day. Tickets and parking passes will not be required of guests unless COVID-19 guidance requires a capacity limit for large outdoor gathering. The ceremony schedule can be found <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Schedule.pdf">here</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Technology</strong></span></p><p><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries </strong> </p><p><strong>Online:</strong>  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </li><li>Or, click "Help" in Canvas  </li><li>Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </li><li>Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </li></ul><p><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support Important Links</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </li><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </li><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </li><li><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </li><li><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/"><strong>Technology Device Request Form</strong></a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews – November 6, 2020https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1357Smart Restart Weekly eNews – November 6, 20202020-11-06T22:30:19Z<div class="ExternalClass77A1C7B54E0D47F78EA626E2D4643073"><p>November 6, 2020</p><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,  </p><p>Below is this week's Smart Restart eNews.  More information about Katy ISD's return to school can also be found on the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart webpage</a>!  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><strong>*NEW* </strong><strong>CTE Courses </strong> </p><p>The Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses listed below require in-person instruction/lab in order to receive skills practice and access to specialized equipment and technology to successfully meet the requirements of each course. As we enter the 3rd six weeks grading period, it is crucial for students enrolled in these CTE courses to fulfill all requirements, both at home and in-person, to earn course credit and continue in their respective CTE course for the spring 2021 semester. </p><p>KVA students who are enrolled in one of the following CTE courses must elect to return to in-person learning to remain enrolled in the CTE course second semester.  The remaining TEKS and CTE contact hours associated with these second semester courses, that require the use of specific software and hardware, are not conducive to (or feasible in) the KVA platform.  If a parent, of a student enrolled in one of the courses below, elects to have their student remain in KVA, the student's counselor will work to schedule the student in a different course for the spring semester.   </p><p><strong>*NEW* </strong><strong>Secondary 3rd Six Weeks</strong> </p><p>The secondary 3rd six weeks grading period begins Monday, November 9. If you selected a change in instructional setting for your student, please remember that his/her updated schedule will be available in HAC on the morning of Monday, 11/9, the first day of the six weeks. </p><p>Due to the flexibility provided to parents to select a change for your student's instructional delivery option (Face to Face or KVA) for each grading period, please be aware that these changes can impact your child's teacher assignment and/or schedule. </p><p>A student can be impacted even if a change is <strong>NOT</strong> selected due to campuses having to balance classes and assign teachers to learning environments based on instructional delivery enrollment shifts. </p><p><strong>It is possible, that on November 9th, as schedule changes are completed, you will see a delay in your courses being updated in Canvas. We appreciate your patience as these are completed. </strong> </p><p><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> KVA Elementary & Secondary Option Window</strong> </p><p><strong>The next window to change your child's learning environment (from KVA to Face to Face or from Face to Face to KVA) for the secondary 4th six weeks or the elementary 3rd nine weeks opens on November 18.</strong>    </p><p>As a reminder, the option form will be available on your child's home campus web page.  This window is in place to allow campus staff to make scheduling adjustments and class balances prior to leaving for the winter holiday.  All campuses and offices will be closed December 21-January 1.  Teachers and staff will return Monday, January 4 with students returning Tuesday, January 5 for the start of the second semester. </p><p><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> FREE Rapid COVID-19 Student Testing</strong> </p><p>The District offers a FREE rapid COVID-19 testing option to enrolled Katy ISD students. The FREE test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency's COVID-19 Testing Project. The test is a saliva-based method that is considered to be just as accurate as other tests, such as nasal swabs.  </p><p>Students also have the option of being administered a nasal swab rapid test by RediMD at a cost of $125, via credit card or cash at point of service. Insurance company billing is not available through this option.  </p><p>Both the rapid, free saliva tests and the rapid, RediMD nasal swab tests are available at the District's Agricultural Sciences Center located at 5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road, Monday- Friday, 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. While appointments are not necessary, parents are encouraged to call the Center ahead of arriving for testing. The testing site contact is (281) 396-7808. </p><p><strong>*NEW*</strong><strong> Legacy Parent Academy</strong> </p><p>Legacy Parent Academy is this upcoming Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  In recognition of School Psychology Awareness Week, LSSPs will speak about differences between special education and 504, as well as the differences between school psychologists and other school helping professionals. Private services, such as a therapists and psychiatrists, will be discussed.   </p><p>For the webinar link and more information on the presenters, <a href="/parents/Pages/Legacy-Parent-Academy.aspx">visit the LPA webpage</a>. </p><p><strong>*NEW* </strong><strong>Military Academies Night</strong> </p><p>Military Academies Night is an opportunity to learn about the five United States Service Academies, and the unique criteria required to qualify for a nomination and admission. The virtual event will be on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Webinar Link: <a href="https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/84132290527">https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/84132290527</a> </li><li>Webinar ID: 841 3229 0527 </li><li>Passcode: Academies </li></ul><p><strong>Grab and Go Free Meal Sites</strong> </p><p>All curbside Grab and Go meal sites operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons can pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays, and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </p><p>Curbside Grab and Go is available at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Katy high schools from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Meals are available at no cost to all children 18 and under.  If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.   </p><p>Students enrolled in in-person learning at their home campus are not eligible to receive curbside Grab and Go meals.  Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.    </p><p><strong>Home Access Center (HAC) to view IPRs, Report  Cards, Homeroom Assignments & Schedules</strong> </p><p><strong>Secondary: </strong>The Interim Progress Reports (IPR) for grades 6 – 12 is electronically viewable in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>.  To view the electronic IPR grade reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </p><p><strong>Elementary:</strong>  Report Cards for grades PK – 5 are 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 reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </p><p>If you need further information on the HAC, please click here: <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">English- HAC FAQs</a> and <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Spanish- HAC FAQs.</a>  If you have never logged in to HAC, and need assistance, please click <a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/IdAutoForm/PasswordResetToolHelp.html">here</a>. You can retrieve your username and/or reset your password. </p><p><strong>Attendance Reminders: KVA and Face to Face Learners</strong> </p><p>An absence occurs anytime a student does not attend their regularly scheduled class, whether in KVA or in-person instruction. All students must provide either written documentation (note/email) or a phone call from a parent/guardian for all absences. Please refer to the Katy ISD Elementary and Secondary Student Handbook for detailed information for reporting an absence and guidelines for making up assignments. <strong>KVA Behavior Expectations</strong> </p><p>As the first semester progresses, please do review and encourage your students to abide by the behavior expectations set forth for KVA students.   </p><p>This information can be found in the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/KatyISD_Virtual_Learning_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Katy ISD KVA Resource Guide</a>, page 8, on the Smart Restart Page. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p><strong>Phase 1 Safety Protocols Effective September 28</strong> </p><p>In preparation for the next secondary six-week grading period, the Phase 1 Safety Protocols will continue to be in effect.  Additional modifications to the Phase 1 Safety Protocols can be found <a href="/Documents/Campus%20Phase%201%20Protocols%20-%20Friday%20September%2018.pdf">here</a>. </p><p><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD asks all students and staff to provide their own face covering from home. Katy ISD will make every effort to provide a face covering to those unable to provide their own or should an individual's face covering become ineffective during school hours. Katy ISD safety protocols for student masks/face coverings/face shields have been updated to ensure consistency and to maximum safety protocols and protections across all buildings and grade levels.  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>All staff are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield when in a Katy ISD facility </li><li>Students, grades 4-12 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival to school and dismissal, when riding buses, in hallways, common areas, and in classrooms.   </li><li>Students in grades PK-3 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival and dismissal, in the hallways, common areas, on the school bus and, when developmentally appropriate, in the classrooms. </li><li>Katy ISD recognizes our younger students and their range of abilities, including the wearing of a facial covering during classroom instruction, may vary due to the child's stage of development. Alternative measures of safety are available for our younger students who may not be able to wear a facial covering at all times when inside the classroom.  Parents of PK-3 grade students are encouraged to contact their child's campus principal or campus nurse with questions regarding the wearing of a facial covering within the classroom. </li></ul><p>Face coverings include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), and face shields.  Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth and must cover one's face, extending below the chin. </p><p><em>Non-Compliance with Mask Requirement</em> </p><p>Katy ISD is offering parents the option of virtual or in-person instruction. Students who do not comply with safety protocols in place for in-person instruction will be transitioned to Katy Virtual Academy for the duration of the grading period. KVA students participating in in-person school related activities before and after the start of the instructional day must also follow the same safety protocols. Students who do not wear masks/face coverings as required by District safety protocols will not be allowed to participate in school related activities. Should a student have a medical condition that would preclude him/her from wearing a mask, the parent is requested to provide the campus nurse documentation from their medical provider. </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Self-Reporting APP, Notifications & Information</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19%20Self%20Reporting.png" alt="COVID-19 Positive Self Reporting" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong></p><p>The District has a COVID-19 Reporting System in place to allow 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 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 infected person. A general email notification is also sent to campus staff and families whenever the district is informed of a potential "indirect" COVID-19 exposure in their building. Receipt of the general notification alone indicates that the recipient was not in close contact to the COVID-19 positive case reported for their building. </p><p>Many school personnel and other staff are teaching and working on Katy ISD campuses and facilities. Should there be a potential COVID-19 exposure on any campus or facility, a general notification is sent to staff at the work site impacted, by the end of the day in which the self-report was submitted. Staff who may have been directly exposed because of failed COVID-19 safety protocol will be notified directly by a member of the Risk Management Department.   </p><p>Parents receive applicable campus-based general notifications during the regular school year, when in-person instruction is taking place.  </p><p>Students and staff may report positive COVID-19 results using the COVID-19 Self Reporting app on the District website homepage and MyKaty Cloud. <br></p><p><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402" title="Katy ISD COVID-19 Case Dashboard" target="_blank"><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19Dashboard.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p><p><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf" title="Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan" target="_blank"><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19MitigationPlan.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;" /></a><br></p><p>The Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan has been updated to provide the following clarifications. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>If a student that was sent home from school because they were deemed to have been in close contact and then is able to attain a negative result from an acute infection test at an approved testing location – they will at minimum need to wait until the start of the following school day before returning to school. </p></li><li><p>If any individual is living in the same household with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they must:  </p></li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Notify campus nurse <strong>AND</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days </li></ul></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The individual may return to school / work if;  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>They receive an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19 <strong>with</strong> a medical professional's release clearing the individual to return to school /work    </li><li><strong>Recommended statement from medical professional allowing student to return to school,</strong><em><strong> "Household mitigation has been assessed, individual is cleared to return to school/work." </strong></em> </li><li><strong>OR</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days after exposure with no further symptoms. </li></ul></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Secondary Information</strong></span></p><p><strong>Fine Arts Updates</strong> </p><p>The Fine Arts Department announces the unveiling of our first Education Support Complex Virtual Student Art Gallery.  This online gallery features over 500 pieces of art created by our students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade during this scholastic year.  Enter the gallery at <a href="https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery">https://tinyurl.com/EscArtGallery</a>  Utilize the '<em>presentation</em> <em>mode'</em> and enter the gallery on the first slide.  Follow the arrows on each page to move between rooms.  Visitors may select any campus, enter and locate work for their enjoyment.  </p><p><a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">Visit the Fine Arts Calendar</a> regarding up to date information of all the fine arts performances throughout the district.  These performances may be virtual or in person with the updated modifications to the district safety protocol. </p><p>Pregame and halftime performances are continuing for cheer, choir, drill teams, and bands at varsity football games.   Parents of these performing fine art students will receive a link to purchase tickets for these events from their campus directors.  These tickets will become available on Monday morning at 9 a.m. the week of the game.  Due to the limited seating capacity, it is highly recommended to reserve your tickets as soon as possible.  To review the Katy ISD district football schedule visit <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a> for details.  </p><p><strong>*UPDATE*</strong> UIL Region 23 Marching Contest on November 17 online ticket sales have begun.  Those families with marching band participants, if you have not received the link to purchase your tickets please reach out to your program director to gain access to purchase these tickets.  Tickets at the gate may not be available or limited due to the online presale and our current stadium capacity limits.</p><p><strong>2021 Graduation Ceremony Schedule</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD is excited to announce that the Class of 2021, 2022 & 2023 graduation ceremonies will be held at Legacy Stadium.  All ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled to 8:00 a.m. the following day. Tickets and parking passes will not be required of guests unless COVID-19 guidance requires a capacity limit for large outdoor gathering. The ceremony schedule can be found <a href="/dept/campusadmin/Documents/Graduation_Schedule.pdf">here</a>.  </p><p><strong>Katy ISD Athletic Department Updates</strong> </p><p>The most current schedule <a href="/dept/athletics/Documents/KatyISD_Football_Schedule.pdf">can be found here</a>. Refer to the Katy ISD Athletics website to view our weekly schedules for all sports. </p><p>During basketball season, our facilities will operate under a reduced spectator capacity.  As with football and volleyball, we will ensure parents are able to attend games their student is playing in.  Details will be provided by the coaching staff at your campus. </p><p><strong>Fall 2020 UIL & Extracurricular Transportation Opt-Out Waiver</strong>  </p><p>Due to continued COVID-19 concerns and safety protocols, parents may elect to transport their secondary students to and from UIL and Extracurricular events outside the instructional day. Parents wishing to do this are asked to submit the <a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/TransportationWaiver/Default.aspx">Alternative Transportation Acknowledgement and Waiver electronic form</a>.  Upon successful submission of the form, your child's coach/director will have access to the transportation opt-out waiver via Eschool.  Parents and guardians will assume all responsibility for transporting their children to and from all non-instructional events through the fall 2020 semester.  The District Transportation Waiver may be extended through the spring 2021 semester if COVID-19 safety protocols are extended.    </p><p>The Alternative Transportation Acknowledgement and Waiver electronic link is also be available on all secondary campus homepage at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.    </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Technology</strong></span></p><p><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries </strong> </p><p><strong>Online:</strong>  <br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </p></li><li><p>Or, click "Help" in Canvas  </p></li><li><p>Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </p></li><li><p>Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </p></li></ul><p><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support Important Links</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </p></li><li><p><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </p></li><li><p><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </p></li><li><p><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </p></li><li><p><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </p></li><li><p><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/">Technology Device Request Form</a> <br></p></li></ul><p><br></p></div>
Free Meals for all Katy Area Children with Additional Distribution Sites and Operational Dayshttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1349Free Meals for all Katy Area Children with Additional Distribution Sites and Operational Days2020-11-06T22:28:51Z<div class="ExternalClass7E211A74F41D4ED8AD5C5270866BB35A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">An important school supply that students cannot neglect or go without is a healthy meal.  For this reason, Katy Independent School District will be adding two new sites and adjusting its hours to continue providing free meals to all students through June 2021. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Beginning November 3, two additional curbside distribution sites will be added to the current list:</p><ul><li>Morton Ranch High School (MRHS)</li><li>Mayde Creek High School (MCHS)</li><li>Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS)</li><li>Tompkins High School (OTHS) - <em>new meal site</em></li><li>Katy High School (KHS) - <em>new meal site</em></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Also beginning November 3, all curbside Grab and Go meal sites will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span>.  Patrons will pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays and meals for Friday, Monday and Tuesday on Thursdays.  Meals for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 will be given out at the three original distribution sites (MRHS, MCHS, CRHS) on Friday, October 30.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Breakfast and lunch meals are free, except for a la carte options, to all students attending school in person or enrolled in the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA).  Meals served at the curbside Grab and Go sites are for KVA students as well as for all Katy area children, 18 and under. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD students may have one breakfast and one lunch per day.  Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for a meal at the Grab and Go locations.  If parents are picking up meals for their child(ren), who cannot be present, identification for each child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.  <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Smart Restart Weekly eNews – October 23, 2020https://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1345Smart Restart Weekly eNews – October 23, 20202020-10-27T15:17:19Z<div class="ExternalClassD21565F7766847E58327D10F9D4259BB"><p>​<br></p><p> <img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/de66a8b1a5c2ea21628a4e09b91c7f8a/20-0728-850x150-weeklyenews-01.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;width:919px;height:159px;" /><br></p><span style="font-size:14px;">October 23, 2020</span><p>Dear Katy ISD Parents and Guardians,  </p><p>Below is this week's Smart Restart eNews.  More information about Katy ISD's return to school can also be found on the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/default.aspx">Smart Restart webpage</a>!  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><strong>Reminder: </strong><strong>Instructional Delivery Opt-In/ Opt-Out Form</strong> </p><p><strong>Secondary: The submission window to change your child's current instructional delivery option for the third six weeks will close tonight, Friday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.</strong>   The change for the instructional delivery option will go into effect for the third six weeks grading period, which begins on November 9.  Please check your student's campus web page or <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/Grading-Period-Change-Form.aspx">click here for the commitment link</a>.  Once you successfully submit a form to change your child's instructional delivery setting, you will receive a confirmation email noting your change selection.  If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your Spam/Clutter folder.  If you still do not see a confirmation, please submit the form again.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.  </p><p><strong>Elementary:</strong> Submission window to change your child's current instructional delivery option is closed.  For those parents who selected to change instructional delivery option for the second nine weeks, that change in instruction began on October 19. </p><p>If you have any questions regarding the next opportunity to change your child's learning option for a future grading period, please email <a href="mailto:KVA@katyisd.org">KVA@katyisd.org</a>. </p><p>If there is a need for a change in your child's learning option due to a medical hardship, please email your concern to <a href="mailto:medicalhardship@katyisd.org">medicalhardship@katyisd.org</a>. Pending the decision of the review committee, students will remain in their current learning option. </p><p><strong>Home Access Center (HAC) to view IPRs, Report Cards, Homeroom Assignments & Schedules</strong> </p><p><strong>Secondary: </strong>The Interim Progress Reports (IPR) for grades 6 – 12 is electronically viewable in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>.  To view the electronic IPR grade reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </p><p><strong>Elementary:</strong>  Report Cards for grades PK – 5 are 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 reports, please click on the "Grades" icon.     </p><p>If you need further information on the HAC, please click here: <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">English- HAC FAQs</a> and <a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Spanish- HAC FAQs.</a>  If you have never logged in to HAC, and need assistance, please click <a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/IdAutoForm/PasswordResetToolHelp.html">here</a>. You can retrieve your username and/or reset your password. </p><p><strong>Katy ISD Student COVID-19 Testing Site</strong> </p><p>The District has expanded its employee COVID-19 testing services to Katy ISD enrolled students. This unique partnership with RediMD is designed to provide parents/guardians and students a timely alternative to confirm if their child is positive or negative of COVID-19.   </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Appointments – Parents/Guardians should call 281-396-7808 in advance to schedule a testing time. </li><li>Cost – Service cost for a rapid test is $125 per student.  All payments can be made through RediMD, via credit card or cash at the point of service.  Insurance company billing is not available.   </li><li>Hours:  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Monday – Friday  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. </li><li>Saturday  8 a.m.- 12 p.m. </li></ul><li>Location:  5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493 </li><li>Phone:  281-396-7808 </li><li>Eligibility:  Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification. </li></ul><p>Follow up questions can be directed to RediMD at 866-989-2873.   </p><p><strong>Junior High Lockers</strong> </p><p>Junior High Parents: Lockers are now being approved for students who have extenuating or special circumstances. If you would like to request a locker for your child, please contact your child's Assistant Principal. </p><p><strong>FREE</strong> <strong>Breakfast and Lunch Meals </strong> </p><p>Breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students whether on campus or enrolled in KVA and using the grab n go pick up. Breakfast and lunch meals served at the curbside sites are also available to all Katy area children 18 and under, through <strong>June 2021</strong>.    </p><p>Curbside Grab and Go breakfast and lunch, ready to heat and eat at home, can be picked up at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek High School and Cinco Ranch High School from 4 – 6 p.m.  Monday through Friday as per the school schedule.    </p><p>Katy ISD students may have one breakfast and one lunch per day.  Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for a meal at the Grab and Go location. If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each Katy ISD enrolled child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.    </p><p>Beginning November 3, two curbside Grab and Go meals sites will be added: Tompkins High School and Katy High School. </p><p>Also beginning November 3, all curbside Grab and Go meal sites will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Patrons will pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home.   </p><p><strong>Attendance Reminders: KVA and Face to Face Learners</strong> </p><p>An absence occurs anytime a student does not attend their regularly scheduled class, whether in KVA or in-person instruction. All students must provide either written documentation (note/email) or a phone call from a parent/guardian for all absences. Please refer to the Katy ISD Secondary Student Handbook for detailed information for reporting an absence and guidelines for making up assignments. </p><p><strong>KVA Behavior Expectations </strong></p><p>As the first semester progresses, please do review and encourage your students to abide by the behavior expectations set forth for KVA students. <br></p><h2>Behavior Expectations </h2><p>Behavior expectations for students enrolled in Katy Virtual Academy are the same as the expectations for students enrolled in face-to-face instruction. <strong>All students are still required to follow the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct as participation in virtual learning is an extension of the classroom.</strong> In addition to the District’s discipline guidelines, parents and guardians should be aware of the following:</p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>A. Students must log in as themselves. Impersonating another user is a violation of the Responsible Use Guidelines and is prohibited. </p><p>B. Students will be expected to participate in discussions and activities. Additionally, it is critical for students to complete assignments independently to allow teachers to accurately identify progress. However, as established in KVA Guidelines, parents must be prepared to monitor their student’s learning and may need to provide assistance for younger students to support instruction in a virtual learning environment. </p><p>C. When logging into virtual learning sessions (i.e. Zoom): </p></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>o Students must have their video on. It is an expectation of learning to allow the teacher to check for engagement and understanding. </p></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>o If a student is using a virtual background it must not be offensive or inappropriate. Students must be prepared to hide the background or change it at the teacher’s request. </p></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>o Students must use the name that is listed in the Home Access Center (HAC), the last name and preferred first name provided to the teacher. </p></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>o Students must not share specific meeting links or passwords. </p></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>o Students must only enter the class virtual meetings they are scheduled for. </p></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>D. Appropriate school language must be used on all applications such as but not limited to: chat, discussions, whiteboards, and shared documents. </p></blockquote><p>Parents will be contacted if a student violates classroom expectations or the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct. Persistent or serious offenses will be referred to the appropriate campus administrator and additional consequences may be assigned, including but not limited to: </p><p>• Parent Conference, <br></p><p>• Behavior Contract, </p><p>• Recovery Time, </p><p>• Loss of Privilege, </p><p>• Overnight Suspension, </p><p>• Suspension, or </p><p>• Referral to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement.<br></p><p>This information can be found in the <a href="/returntoschool/Documents/KatyISD_Virtual_Learning_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Katy ISD KVA Resource Guide</a>, page 8, on the Smart Restart Page. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Katy ISD Athletic Department Updates</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Spectator Expectations</strong> </p><p>Are you planning on attending an athletic event in Katy ISD?  As we see a slight rise in cases in our surrounding areas, we want to remind you of a few steps we can all take to ensure the safety of our students, staff, & community: </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Continue to spread from end to end in the bleachers.  Please do not congregate in the middle to help maintain social distancing requirements. </li><li>Per UIL requirements, all spectators are expected to wear a face covering.  If asked to wear a face covering, understand we are trying to comply with the current UIL Policy.  Compliance will allow us to continue to host athletic events with spectators as we are now.  </li><li>Sites might hold spectators outside of facility who arrive during the 4th quarter of previous game.  Fans can purchase a ticket, but we will not let them enter until fans from previous game have left.  This helps us minimize the number of spectators at any given time. </li></ul><p>We appreciate your patience and cooperation in this matter. </p><p><strong>Fall 2020 UIL & Extracurricular Transportation Opt-Out Waiver</strong>  </p><p>Due to continued COVID-19 concerns and safety protocols, parents may elect to transport their secondary students to and from UIL and Extracurricular events outside the instructional day. Parents wishing to do this are asked to submit the <a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/TransportationWaiver/Default.aspx">Alternative Transportation Acknowledgement and Waiver electronic form</a>.  Upon successful submission of the form, your child's coach/director will have access to the transportation opt-out waiver via Eschool.  Parents and guardians will assume all responsibility for transporting their children to and from all non-instructional events through the fall 2020 semester.  The District Transportation Waiver may be extended through the spring 2021 semester if COVID-19 safety protocols are extended.    </p><p>The Alternative Transportation Acknowledgement and Waiver electronic link is also be available on all secondary campus homepage at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a>.  </p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></p><p><strong>Phase 1 Safety Protocols Effective September 28</strong> </p><p>In preparation for the next secondary six-week grading period, the Phase 1 Safety Protocols will continue to be in effect.  Additional modifications to the Phase 1 Safety Protocols can be found <a href="/Documents/Campus%20Phase%201%20Protocols%20-%20Friday%20September%2018.pdf">here</a>. </p><p><strong>Student Mask/Face Covering/Face Shield Requirements</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD asks all students and staff to provide their own face covering from home. Katy ISD will make every effort to provide a face covering to those unable to provide their own or should an individual's face covering become ineffective during school hours. Katy ISD safety protocols for student masks/face coverings/face shields have been updated to ensure consistency and to maximum safety protocols and protections across all buildings and grade levels.  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>All staff are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield when in a Katy ISD facility </li><li>Students, grades 4-12 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival to school and dismissal, when riding buses, in hallways, common areas, and in classrooms.   </li><li>Students in grades PK-3 are required to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon arrival and dismissal, in the hallways, common areas, on the school bus and, when developmentally appropriate, in the classrooms. </li><li>Katy ISD recognizes our younger students and their range of abilities, including the wearing of a facial covering during classroom instruction, may vary due to the child's stage of development. Alternative measures of safety are available for our younger students who may not be able to wear a facial covering at all times when inside the classroom.  Parents of PK-3 grade students are encouraged to contact their child's campus principal or campus nurse with questions regarding the wearing of a facial covering within the classroom. </li></ul><p>Face coverings include non-medical and medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), and face shields.  Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth and must cover one's face, extending below the chin. </p><p><em>Non-Compliance with Mask Requirement</em> </p><p>Katy ISD is offering parents the option of virtual or in-person instruction. Students who do not comply with safety protocols in place for in-person instruction will be transitioned to Katy Virtual Academy for the duration of the grading period. KVA students participating in in-person school related activities before and after the start of the instructional day must also follow the same safety protocols. Students who do not wear masks/face coverings as required by District safety protocols will not be allowed to participate in school related activities. Should a student have a medical condition that would preclude him/her from wearing a mask, the parent is requested to provide the campus nurse documentation from their medical provider. </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Self-Reporting APP, Notifications & Information</strong></p><p><img src="/returntoschool/PublishingImages/COVID-19%20Self%20Reporting.png" alt="""" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:baseline;" /><br></p><p>The District has a COVID-19 Reporting System in place to allow 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 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 infected person. A general email notification is also sent to campus staff and families whenever the district is informed of a potential "indirect" COVID-19 exposure in their building. Receipt of the general notification alone indicates that the recipient was not in close contact to the COVID-19 positive case reported for their building. </p><p>Many school personnel and other staff are teaching and working on Katy ISD campuses and facilities. Should there be a potential COVID-19 exposure on any campus or facility, a general notification is sent to staff at the work site impacted, by the end of the day in which the self-report was submitted. Staff who may have been directly exposed because of failed COVID-19 safety protocol will be notified directly by a member of the Risk Management Department.   </p><p>Parents receive applicable campus-based general notifications during the regular school year, when in-person instruction is taking place.  </p><p>Students and staff may report positive COVID-19 results using the COVID-19 Self Reporting app on the District website homepage and MyKaty Cloud. </p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p><a href="https://katyisd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bab36f105b1e4b258f51d5559fa41402"><strong>COVID-19 Case Dashboard</strong></a> <br></p><p><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><strong>*UPDATED*</strong><strong> </strong></a><a href="/returntoschool/Documents/COVID_Mitigation_Plan.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>COVID-19 Mitigation Plan</strong></span></a></p></blockquote><p>The Katy ISD COVID-19 Mitigation Plan has been updated to provide the following clarifications. </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>If a student that was sent home from school because they were deemed to have been in close contact and then is able to attain a negative result from an acute infection test at an approved testing location – they will at minimum need to wait until the start of the following school day before returning to school. </li><li>If any individual is living in the same household with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they must:  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Notify campus nurse <strong>AND</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days </li></ul></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The individual may return to school / work if;  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>They receive an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19 <strong>with</strong> a medical professional's release clearing the individual to return to school /work    </li><li><strong>Recommended statement from medical professional allowing student to return to school,</strong><em><strong> "Household mitigation has been assessed, individual is cleared to return to school/work." </strong></em> </li><li><strong>OR</strong> </li><li>Self-isolate for 14 days after exposure with no further symptoms.  </li></ul></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>High School Information</strong></span></p><p><strong>Fine Arts Updates</strong> </p><p>Visit the Fine Arts Calendar <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>  regarding up to date information of all the fine arts performances throughout the district.  These performances may be virtual or in person with the updated modifications to the district safety protocol. </p><p>Pregame and halftime performances are continuing for cheer, choir, drill teams, and bands at varsity football games.   Parents of these performing fine art students will receive a link to purchase tickets for these events from their campus directors.  These tickets will become available on Monday morning at 9 a.m. the week of the game.  Due to the limited seating capacity, it is highly recommended to reserve your tickets as soon as possible.  To review the Katy ISD district football schedule visit <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a> for details.  </p><p>Students that have opted out of school provided transportation, please refer to the Fall 2020 UIL & Extra-Curricular Transportation Opt-Out Waiver section above and click on the link <em>Alternative Transportation Acknowledgement and Waiver electronic form</em> to register your student. </p><p><strong>CTE Courses - Before/After School Activities</strong>    </p><p>Many Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses require in-person instruction in order to receive practice on skills, and access to specialized equipment and technology in order to successfully complete the course.   </p><p>KVA CTE before and/or after school labs began on September 28 and will continue through December 11, 2020. All KVA students enrolled in a CTE course that requires in-person instruction are required to attend the before and/or after school labs. In-person labs may be assessed and calculated as major grades. If a student fails to attend the required labs or complete assigned projects his/her semester grade will be negatively impacted and may result in a failing semester grade. Students unable to meet the requirements of attending before/after school labs or completing assigned projects may be recommended for removal from the course and placed in a study hall for the remainder of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to select a semester course to enroll in the Spring semester. </p><p><strong>CTE Course Fees</strong> </p><p>KVA CTE students enrolled in Floral Design, Principles of Human Services, Culinary Arts I, and/or Cosmetology I are required to pay a course fee. Lab supplies and materials are purchased solely using the course fee. All course fees for KVA students must be paid on Katy ISD Pay N Go app. Instructions on how to access the fees can be found here: <a href="/PNG/Documents/Student_Course_Fees.pdf">Pay N Go Course Fee</a>. Parents may request a course fee waiver by completing and submitting a Course Fee Waiver form. Forms can be requested from the campus and/or CTE instructor.  </p><p><strong>PSAT/NMSQT® Testing for 10th and 11th graders</strong> </p><p>Katy ISD will continue to administer the PSAT/NMSQT<strong>®</strong>, which helps students prepare for future SAT testing and provides entry into the National Merit® Scholarship Program for students who meet the criteria.   </p><p>The district will offer one more testing day to accommodate students: </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>October 29, 2020: 10th grade Face-to-Face and KVA students for the PSAT/NMSQT®</strong>  </li><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>9th, 11th & 12th will remain at home and engage with assigned asynchronous lessons. </li><li>KVA students, who are eligible for transportation, may ride the district bus to and from their campus on their scheduled PSAT date. </li><li>Parents can check district transportation ridership eligibility here - <a href="http://busroutes.katyisd.org/wqliveweb/webquery/">http://busroutes.katyisd.org/wqliveweb/webquery/</a> </li><li>KVA parents may pick up their KVA child prior to the end of the school day. </li><li>KVA students may opt to stay at the campus and if eligible for transportation, may ride the bus home after school hours; however, students will be placed in a large room setting until the end of school. </li><li>Before and after school programs/practices will remain on schedule. </li></ul></ul><p>In the coming week, KVA parents will receive an email on how to register for or how to decline testing.  The registration must be completed by Monday, September 28, 2020 by 4:00 PM. Current 11th graders who do not test, but are interested in entry in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will need to contact this organization as early as possible.  Questions regarding National Merit options can be directed to 847-866-5100. </p><p>KVA and Face-to-Face Instruction students will be in the same testing rooms. Students will need to abide by the <a href="/returntoschool/Pages/SafetyProtocols.aspx#campus">Campus & Classroom Protocols</a> listed under Smart Restart on the Katy ISD website. For the health and safety of all students and staff, parents are required to assist their children with a pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and fever before arriving to school, or boarding school transportation. Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times. </p><p>Please keep in mind that plans are subject to change given executive orders issued by the state or counties.  For additional information, please contact your child's campus Testing Facilitator. </p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Technology</strong></span></p><p><strong>Technology Help Desk Contacts for Parents/Students Support Inquiries </strong> </p><p><strong>Online:</strong>  </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Tech Help</a> </li><li>Or, click "Help" in Canvas  </li><li>Or, call: 281.396.7400 (6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) </li><li>Or, e-mail: <a href="mailto:parenttechsupport@katyisd.org">parenttechsupport@katyisd.org</a> </li></ul><p><strong>Parent and Student Technology Support Important Links</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Tech FAQs</a>  </li><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent Tech Help</a>  </li><li><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Parent & Student Knowledge Base</a> </li><li><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English)</a> </li><li><a href="/Documents/Home%20Access%20Center%20FAQ%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)</a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://publicbiapps.katyisd.org/DeviceCheckout/"><strong>Technology Device Request Form</strong></a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Goes Virtual this Yearhttps://www.katyisd.org/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=1341Katy ISD State of the District Goes Virtual this Year2021-03-17T15:57:26Z<div class="ExternalClass8B8D234F824B4216A9BFC35B291D49E9"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Despite the challenges of a global health pandemic, Katy Independent School District and its community led the way this past school year with a steadfast focus on "growing the future."  Katy ISD's 2019 - 2020 school year was filled with numerous successes, alongside the planning and execution that has gone into the delivery of unparalleled learning experiences, now and for a post-COVID environment.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On October 23, Superintendent Ken Gregorski will deliver Katy ISD's annual State of the District address virtually.  Dr. Gregorski will review a snapshot of the past school year, as well as address safety protocols, new initiatives supporting students and staff, and the District's financial health. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2020, Katy ISD earned an A+ and #2 ranking for the Houston area from Niche, an "A" from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and an "A" from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The District was also named by Forbes as the #1 Best Employer in the Houston Area and #2 in the state of Texas, as well as earned a place on College Board's annual AP District Honor Roll.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Do not miss this valuable opportunity to hear from one of the leading school districts in the Houston area! </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:            <br>Katy ISD Superintendent Invites School Community to the Virtual Annual State of the District </strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>The Virtual Event will be live on the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxC5rQq_mbme3NSm5jVDrpw?view_as=subscriber">Katy ISD YouTube Channel</a>.  </p><p><strong>When:           </strong><br>Friday, October 23, 2020<br>8:30 a.m.<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>

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