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Return to School Updates - Jan 14Return to School Updates - Jan 142022-01-14T19:34:40Z<div class="ExternalClassBD59DB9BA8C347B8A9877C86CD5F4F0C"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69850ac3d5a2a2f0ee82bbcd05e3ade2/Spring__Updates_4.png" alt="SPring Updates" width="799" height="146" /></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 14, 2022</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!                    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.                   </span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3fffe49a29ce9ba48973d94fc897fb2b/RTS_Banner.png" alt="RTS Banner" width="700" height="128" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN- updated 01/05/21</span><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec540b6caab3692a7af7baecb0e44cad/SRTS_Plan.JPG" alt="SRTS Plan" width="250" height="43" /></span><br></strong><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>STAGE 3 MODIFIED OPERATIONS </strong></span>continue to remain in effect on all campuses and facilities, beginning Monday, January 3. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will begin the spring semester at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjFhYjc6YTE4Y2Y2NjQyN2I2NzkyNWQxMDFjY2M2ZGY3MjQxZmJmMDk2NzJkMmJlNmZmNzEwZGYwN2JjYjhiNmQ1YTZiODpo">Stage 3 Modified Operations <em>(SRTS Plan p. 10)</em></a>. The District anticipates all sites remaining in Stage 3 Modified Operations through January 31. It is anticipated that we will be able to return our campuses and facilities to the less restrictive Stage 4 or 5, by February 1. Families are encouraged to review the <a href="https://gis.katyisd.org/covid/">Katy ISD Dashboard</a> to monitor their child’s school and facility sites. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For detailed explanation of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols, please refer to the   <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjkxYmI6MDhjMDNjZWE4MGY5YThiZWFmZDdmNGE3ZTQ4M2JhMjRlZjBiOGE3OTU1YjAzNzNjODFjMGZiZGRiNmZlMjI0Zjpo">Katy ISD’s Safe Return to School (SRTS) Plan.</a> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SECONDARY STUDENT</strong> <strong>EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION WAIVER</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2b33f544d07547aef4dfc419626f5499/Picture2345.png" alt="Transportation Waiver" width="118" height="119" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Transportation Waiver is available to parents who wish to opt-out of District transportation services for secondary student extra-curricular activities. This opt-out option is available during Katy ISD’s Stage 3 Modified Operations only. Once a campus returns to Stage 4 or Stage 5, the opt-out option will cease. The opt-out form can be accessed through MyKaty Cloud via the Transportation Waiver tile. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>DISTRICT OPERATIONAL STAFFING CHALLENGES </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region and country. Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with significant absences due to illness, alongside more than 250 already existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services. </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>KATY ISD IS HIRING!</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams,</strong> <strong>teachers, aides, and more!: </strong><a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> THE KATY ISD WELLNESS CENTER (<em>formerly COVID-19 TESTING CENTER</em>)</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/b133d4c371af7769be011018431f1449/Wellness_Center.png" alt="wellness center" width="624" height="149" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The Katy ISD Wellness Center (<em>formerly COVID-19 Testing Center</em>) will remain open on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><u>Hours of Operation:</u> Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Location: </u> 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <u>Eligibility:</u></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All Katy ISD staff with a valid student identification.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test. A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>COVID-19</u></strong><u> <strong>Student</strong> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the <u>www.katyisd.org</u> homepage to schedule  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><em><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appt" width="247" height="53" /><br></em><strong><u>Staff</u></strong><u> <strong>Appointments</strong>:</u> Staff and their dependents do not require appointments.  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Have </strong><strong>other questions about COVID testing?  Take a moment to check out the </strong><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzozOWUwZDA4NjhjNjQ3ZWQ2MjYzNWI5MTY1YmExODhjNTo1OjQ5NTc6OTlhMzMwMjYyYjg3OTQ5N2NhYzE3YzIwNGQ2NzUxNThlMmNjNjRhODA0Y2JlYzM5NjFkY2FkZDcyNWJjZDA2Yjpo"><strong>Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here</strong></a><strong>.</strong>  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COVID-19 SELF REPORTING APP</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="covid reporting app" width="249" height="42" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Staff, students and parents are asked to self report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.                                                                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>STUDENT CLASSROOM & STUDENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION OF A COVID-19 POSITIVE</strong>        </span>         </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___http:/www.katyisd.org/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjRkYTI6NmM2Mzg3ZTVlNWM4ZGEwMmM4MTRmNzU1MWU5NjQxYWYzMTVjZDIzNGIwYmE4MGZlZmIzYzNmMTI4MzYwNTFjODpo">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">I</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>NTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong>  </span>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Intermittent School to Home” academic support program is extended through January 31, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Intermittent School to Home” academic support is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided to in-person students if two requirements are met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition, AND </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The total amount of remote conferencing “Intermittent School to Home” instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In addition, one of the following requirements must be met: </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has a positive test result for a communicable disease. </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student has been identified as having been in close contact for COVID-19 </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Each campus will have an assigned employee to serve as an Intermittent School to Home Campus Facilitator to assist students.  Please contact your child’s campus Intermittent School to Home Facilitator to request academic assistance with missed schoolwork.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HOMEBOUND SERVICES</strong>      </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjExNjY6MDI1NTUwNDVmNTEwMGFkMDUwMWI0NzAwYzk4OWUzNTcyNDNlODhkZmRhNWEzZmJmYTlmZGQ0ZjAwZmNiMzVkMDpo">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES </strong> </span>            </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the <strong><u>optional</u> Pfizer COVID-19 </strong>vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>                </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WHEN</strong>: January 20, 2022<strong> </strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>TIME:</strong> 2 – 5 p.m.                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>  Professional Development Annex Building                           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>BRING</strong>: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><u>OPTIONAL</u></strong><strong> VACCINES:</strong> Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>RANDALL’S PHARMACY <u>OPTIONAL</u> COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/daab12b1ca59ca43882ccfd73cbc1abb/randalls.png" alt="randalls" width="338" height="104" /></span><br><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: </span><a title="Protected by Avanan: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fmhealthsystem.com*2FKatyISD__*3B*21*21N081aGSY*21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0Rf" href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Furldefense.com%2a2Fv3%2a2F__https%2a3A%2a2Fmhealthsystem.com%2a2FKatyISD__%2a3B%2a21%2a21N081aGSY%2a21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0RfxFpCiOAPWPN2nJgdrU%2a24__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21N081aGSY%21FBJfijWJPGAC_3foolkpkpfNxoM6nWanqMaZiq5Wt01vjart-wtJVORdkoHQ0yohKq0$___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNjY5MGNjMDdhOWUyNWUyMzhlNzNiMzI3ZjVlMWRjNzo1OjVjYWE6OGJlMDE1NzRhODczODJiYzdhM2E0NjFmNzRiY2YxNTkwZjkyN2FkNjczMTAyMjIwN2I1OTFjMjY4YmNlOGVjMjpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;">.  </span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs. </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="student updates all" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">“NO HOMEWORK” NIGHT & WEEKENDS</span><br></strong>Katy ISD is excited to announce the return of “no homework night,” which has been expanded to “no homework weekends,” for the spring 2022 semester. We believe that it is important that during a busy spring semester that our staff and students have time to rest and recalibrate before an upcoming school week. Please click here to view the updated <a href="/Documents/Calendars/Instructional_Calendar_2021-2022.pdf">spring 2022 instructional calendar</a>. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20, 2021 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:                             </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Free</strong>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Pre-K programs                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education certification exams                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer meals                     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Discounted</strong>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Summer school tuition                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Advanced Placement exams                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> SAT and ACT test fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> College application fees                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Career and Technical Education fees                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx">Pay N’ Go</a>.                                 </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong>  </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /></span><br><br></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all District websites, computers and District devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to District administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">2022- 2023 STUDENT TRANSFER APPLICATION</span></strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6cde324f0ca4fe11ffa5b03fe34cd259/SchoolTransfers.png" alt="schooltransfers" width="253" height="98" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The 2022-2023 Student Transfer Application window is now open and closes on Friday, March 11, 2022. The online application can be found on the <u>Katy ISD Student Transfers</u> webpage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All transfers must be renewed annually. If your student is currently on a transfer, you must complete the Student Transfer Application for the 2022- 2023 school year by March 11, 2022. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2022-2023 school year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong>  </span>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page)        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>        </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)      </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a009654f50a9ac60f0a18e32a812c1a/Class_of_3.jpg" alt="classof2022" width="800" height="146" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA CALCULATION</strong>  </span> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="96" height="97" /></strong></span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Class of 2022</strong>   </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12<sup>th</sup></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Official transcripts available in </strong><a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/"><strong>ScribOrder</strong></a><strong> on Tuesday, January 18<sup>th</sup></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is Top 10%, which will be noted numerically for rank.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENT</span><br> </strong>In accordance with <a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/TEC%2028.0256%20.pdf">Texas Education Code 28.0256</a>, seniors graduating in 2022 and thereafter must complete and submit, and show proof of submission, a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) or a Texas application for state financial aid (TAFSA). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Seniors who choose to opt out must complete one of the following options:</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that the parent or other person authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application;</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <ol start="2"> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The student signs and submits the TEA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority have been removed for general purposes under Chapter <a href="https://texas.public.law/statutes/tex._fam._code_title_2_subtitle_a_chapter_31">31 (Removal of Disabilities of Minority)</a>, Family Code; or</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <ol start="3"> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor.</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The links below provide access to the TEA Opt-out form. </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_english.pdf</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf">https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/opt-out_revised_10.2021_final_spanish.pdf</a></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Your senior’s campus College and Career Facilitators will send out further instructions regarding how to submit proof of FAFSA or TAFSA submission or the TEA opt-out form by April 1, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>WINTER GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Congratulations to our seniors eligible to graduate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  The winter graduation ceremony will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center.  Early graduates may elect to participate in the winter graduation ceremony on January 20 or participate in the May ceremony at Legacy Stadium.  Early graduates are encouraged to contact their campus registrar to confirm ceremony participation. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SPRING GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6530112a109dd894102cf21f1bab936b/SpringGrad.png" alt="springgrad" width="707" height="199" /></span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c67a7e4b697ee40bd171ae7e8205e4e2/SummerSchool_2.jpg" alt="summer school" width="798" height="146" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span>Secondary Summer School – Original Credit</span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a8031c3266476517f1b7ba580110d012/KVS.png" alt="kvs" width="268" height="85" /><br></strong><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org</a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS courses:  </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide flexibility in scheduling.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allow students to get ahead on credits.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus.  </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.   </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.   </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility and KVS is an approved College Board Online Provider.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. </strong>Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/FAQs.aspx">Katy Virtual School FAQ,</a> or email <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All original credit summer courses will be offered exclusively through Katy Virtual School. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;">NEW</span> <span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL - COURSE OR CREDIT RECOVERY </span><br> Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades who need course or credit recovery will open May 2, 2022.  Summer School will offer one summer session from June 14 through July 14.  More details will be available soon.   </strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>ESL/Bilingual Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>English Language Development Program </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</strong> </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</strong>   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" width="151" height="150" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>January 2022:  </strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection information released to students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Friday, January 28:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 5th grade students go home with course selection sheet, due back to campus on or before February 4th </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Sunday, February 6: </strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary course verification  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Secondary counselors complete course verification changes  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> ATHLETICS</strong>                        <br></span>The last day of the girls’ teams I-10 Shootout tournament is Saturday, January 15. See the <a href="https://i-10shootout.org/">brackets here</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please remember that Katy ISD and all District events are under Stage 3 Modification Operations. Katy ISD highly recommends the wearing of a facial covering at all athletic events. Currently, all athletic events are on schedule and can be found at: <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FINE ARTS</strong>   </span>                </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>2022 High School Cheer Showcase </strong>      </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> On Monday, January 24<sup>, </sup>at 7pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), Katy ISD high school cheer programs will showcase their 2022 UIL Competition routines.  These teams will go on to compete on Jan 14 – 15 at the UIL Spirit Championships held in Ft. Worth. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Fine Arts Event Calendar</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Musical Season is upon us!  We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing  fine arts productions that are held across the district.  For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Note:</strong> For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>GPA EXEMPT</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa" width="149" height="156" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The GPA EXEMPT tile is located in MyKaty Cloud</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click the link below to access the 2021-2022 GPA Exempt information. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="/Documents/GPA_Exempt%202021-2022.pdf"><strong>GPA_Exempt 2021-2022.pdf</strong></a>  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students can submit GPA exemptions from <strong><u>January 4-February 18.</u> </strong>No exemptions will be accepted after February 18.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HOW DO STUDENTS ENROLL IN A GPA EXEMPT COURSE?</strong> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets allof the criteria, they must: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">1.Complete the online GPA Exempt application. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">2.Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the application deadline for the first semester, may apply for the second semester if they meet the criteria.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>GPA CALCULATION</strong> </span> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="197" height="198" /> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> 9th – 12th Grades:  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Updated GPA available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8 a.m.                </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>11th & 12th Grades only:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>9th – 12th Grades:</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Official transcripts available in <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a> on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.                           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, which will be noted numerically for rank.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong>   </span>    </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/57c7785324272efb477280ceaa22f025/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="283" height="170" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.                    </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria. All absences will count toward the maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).         </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 should reach out to the campus registrar to make a request.  </span></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>SCHOOLINKS</strong>  </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks  is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.                                               </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>          </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Build their Personal Graduation Plan        </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create course plans based on career pathways          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Take virtual reality college campus tours          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Search for scholarships          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Learn about financial aid          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Find internship and volunteer opportunities          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Create digital portfolios / resumes          </span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Communicate with counselors            </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Student Login:</strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                  </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>          </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.           </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit: </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>                  </span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parent updates" width="699" height="88" /></span> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>LIBRARY BOOK INFORMATION</strong> </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification.</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/269f8e0077b23556f958434efd80cc30/onthego.png" alt="onthego" width="193" height="60" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo">Katy<em> OnTheGo</em></a> app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> PARTNERS WITH PARENTS (PWP): BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS</strong> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/97e89c44f330c0f476d20482d831a68b/PWP.png" alt="pwp" width="103" height="84" style="display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Katy ISD values the continued partnership with our parents to ensure our students have access to the finest instructional resources available.  Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding an instructional resource and/or library books that may be in violation of Board Policy EF Local that pertains to the “pervasively vulgar" standard, are encouraged to fill out an online book review form via the Partner with Parents (PWP) Online Book Review app available on My Katy cloud. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">To access the PWP app, l<a href="http://mykaty.katyisd.org/">og in to MyKaty  </a>using your Katy ISD ID number and password.  Parents/guardians will use the same ID and password used to log into the Home Access Center (HAC). </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">PARENT COMMUNITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/39a4144588e6d3a821ed3f48c4d5caf7/CrimeStoppers.png" alt="crime stoppers" width="419" height="116" /></span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Crime Stoppers Houston hosts the webinar series: S.A.V.E. (Safety Awareness. Valuable Education). This series serves as a platform for discussion on many topics that concern the safety of our schools and community.  These topics include: mental health, human trafficking, social media and internet safety. Please see the link for upcoming webinars available throughout the month of January. <a href="https://crime-stoppers.org/events/2022-01/">S.A.V.E. Webinar Series January</a> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>CHILD FIND </strong>  </span>                 </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.                   </span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>                       </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>     </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy Virtual School Registration Opens SoonKaty Virtual School Registration Opens Soon2022-01-13T16:41:10Z<div class="ExternalClass36F0F4C11A1C443C80C82BEC723D5643"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For some Katy ISD soon to be 9</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> through 11</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grade students, supplemental virtual classes are an excellent option for earning graduation credits and expanding learning opportunities.  On Tuesday, February 1, Katy Virtual School (KVS), a paid, supplemental online course program, will begin registration for the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters</span><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This paid, supplemental virtual model of e-learning is in high demand with our high school students because it supports graduation plans and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD learners, outside of normal school hours," said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “KVS courses support students who need a flexible schedule to participate in programs during the school day. It's an excellent opportunity for students," added Richards.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">KVS offers a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 45 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year.  Most KVS courses are $200 per semester. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 4,000 high school students enroll in the District's KVS program each year.  Since its launch in 2013, the primary goal of KVS is to offer choice and flexibility in challenging online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, students can visit with their campus counselor, email KVS at <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a> or visit the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">Katy ISD Virtual School</a> website. ​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/KVS%20transparent.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:132px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical CareerKaty ISD Preview Nights Offer Inside Look into Career & Technical Career2022-01-10T16:58:14Z<div class="ExternalClassFAD608FFC6B64C5CBDF6D6546D1DF947"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD students interested in enrolling and learning about car</span><span style="text-align:justify;">eer and technical (CTE) courses, will have the opportunity to attend upcoming Preview Night events hosted by Miller Career & Technology Center (MCTC).  Due to large attendance in past years, MCTC will offer two opportunities to visit the facility.  The event for students in grades 9-11, and their parents, will take place on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Monday, January 31</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The Preview Night for junior high students, and their parents, will be held on </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Tuesday, February 22</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“MCTC serves as a central site in Katy ISD for specialized CTE courses not offered at a student's home campus," said Kelley Kirila, principal of MCTC.  “Our mission is to develop college and career-ready students through engaging real-world experiences," added Kirila.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 30 courses will be offered at MCTC during the 2022-2023 school year, covering business, industry, public service, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as a new construction trades course.  Attached is additional information:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/010322_MCTC_Preview%20Night%20Final%20Flyer.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:518px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Link to schedule: </p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf">https://www.katyisd.org/campus/MCTC/Documents/21-22%20Preview%20Night%20Info.pdf</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Return to School Updates - January 7Return to School Updates - January 72022-01-07T21:03:51Z<div class="ExternalClassAEB69BA817334FC9AC4E91657923A76A"><p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify s4-wpActive"><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/69850ac3d5a2a2f0ee82bbcd05e3ade2/Spring__Updates_4.png" alt="SPring Updates" width="799" height="146" /> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>January 7, 2022</strong> </p> <p>Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Staff,                    </p> <p>Below is this week’s ONEKaty Return to School Updates!                    <br>Bulletins highlighted <span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span>denote information that is new for the 2021-2022 school year.                   </p> <hr /> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/3fffe49a29ce9ba48973d94fc897fb2b/RTS_Banner.png" alt="RTS Banner" width="700" height="128" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN- updated 01/05/21</span><br><span style="color:#ff0000;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ec540b6caab3692a7af7baecb0e44cad/SRTS_Plan.JPG" alt="SRTS Plan" width="250" height="43" /></span><br></strong><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>STAGE 3 MODIFIED OPERATIONS </strong></span>continue to remain in effect on all campuses and facilities, beginning Monday, January 3. All Katy ISD campuses and facilities will begin the spring semester at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjFhYjc6YTE4Y2Y2NjQyN2I2NzkyNWQxMDFjY2M2ZGY3MjQxZmJmMDk2NzJkMmJlNmZmNzEwZGYwN2JjYjhiNmQ1YTZiODpo">Stage 3 Modified Operations <em>(SRTS Plan p. 10)</em></a>. The District anticipates all sites remaining in Stage 3 Modified Operations through January 31. It is anticipated that we will be able to return our campuses and facilities to the less restrictive Stage 4 or 5, by February 1. Families are encouraged to review the <a href="https://gis.katyisd.org/covid/">Katy ISD Dashboard</a> to monitor their child’s school and facility sites. </p> <p>For detailed explanation of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols, please refer to the   <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Documents/SRTS_Plan.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpjYWViZGJhMjc0OGY0ZDQxNTlmNzhmMzI4YjQ2YWI4ODo1OjkxYmI6MDhjMDNjZWE4MGY5YThiZWFmZDdmNGE3ZTQ4M2JhMjRlZjBiOGE3OTU1YjAzNzNjODFjMGZiZGRiNmZlMjI0Zjpo">Katy ISD’s Safe Return to School (SRTS) Plan.</a> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SECONDARY STUDENT</strong> <strong>EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION WAIVER</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/2b33f544d07547aef4dfc419626f5499/Picture2345.png" alt="Transportation Waiver" width="118" height="119" /><br>The Transportation Waiver is available to parents who wish to opt-out of District transportation services for secondary student extra-curricular activities. This opt-out option is available during Katy ISD’s Stage 3 Modified Operations only. Once a campus returns to Stage 4 or Stage 5, the opt-out option will cease. The opt-out form can be accessed through MyKaty Cloud via the Transportation Waiver tile. </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>DISTRICT OPERATIONAL STAFFING CHALLENGES </strong> </span><br>There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the region and country. Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with significant absences due to illness, alongside more than 250 already existing vacancies. In result, parents may see minor adjustments to bus service, cafeteria menu options, and campus maintenance schedules when needed. Please know that our dedicated operations teams are making every effort to minimize the impact on these services. <br>  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>KATY ISD IS HIRING!</strong> </span><br><strong>Bus drivers, food service, custodial, repair teams,</strong> <strong>teachers, aides, and more!: </strong><a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a></p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> STUDENT & STAFF COVID-19, </strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">STREP & FLU TESTING </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/12a1fca0ee7d8b25b81e6bd61b5db3de/z.png" alt="covid appt" width="247" height="53" /></strong><br> <u>Hours of Operation:</u> Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.   <br> <u>Location: </u> 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX  77493 <br> <u>Eligibility:</u> All Katy ISD students with a valid student identification. Katy ISD employee dependents (spouse and/or children) covered by the Katy ISD health insurance plan and members of the employee’s household, are also eligible for a free COVID-19 test.  A Katy ISD health insurance card that lists the enrolled dependents is required. <br> <u>COVID-19, Strep or Flu Student Appointments:</u> Click on the yellow APPOINTMENT link on the www.katyisd.org homepage to schedule </p> <p><em>Permissions Slips Available On-Site                 </em> </p> <p>COVID-19, Strep or Flu Staff Appointments: Staff and their dependents/household members do not require appointments. </p> <p><strong>Have other questions about COVID testing?  Take a moment to check out the </strong><a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/returntoschool/Pages/COVID-Testing-Center.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzozOWUwZDA4NjhjNjQ3ZWQ2MjYzNWI5MTY1YmExODhjNTo1OjQ5NTc6OTlhMzMwMjYyYjg3OTQ5N2NhYzE3YzIwNGQ2NzUxNThlMmNjNjRhODA0Y2JlYzM5NjFkY2FkZDcyNWJjZDA2Yjpo"><strong>Katy ISD COVID Testing Center’s FAQs here</strong></a><strong>.</strong> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>COVID-19 SELF REPORTING APP</strong>      </span>                <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/f1fd600fc571d3f04830bdc13722e4ba/COVID_Self_Report.png" alt="self reporting" width="255" height="43" /> <br> Staff, students and parents are asked to self report if they have received a COVID-19 positive test result. The self-reporting system enables the District’s Emergency Operations Management team to notify individuals in Katy ISD buildings who may have been directly exposed to the person.                                  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>STUDENT CLASSROOM & STUDENT PROGRAM NOTIFICATION OF A COVID-19 POSITIVE</strong>        </span>         <br> Parents will receive a notification if their child may have been in close contact with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive in their classroom or school program. Parents are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___http:/www.katyisd.org/___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjRkYTI6NmM2Mzg3ZTVlNWM4ZGEwMmM4MTRmNzU1MWU5NjQxYWYzMTVjZDIzNGIwYmE4MGZlZmIzYzNmMTI4MzYwNTFjODpo">www.katyisd.org</a> to review the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.                                  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">I</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>NTERMITTENT SCHOOL TO HOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR TEMPORARY MEDICAL CONDITIONS</strong>  </span>  <br> “Intermittent School to Home” academic support program is extended through January 31, 2022. </p> <p>“Intermittent School to Home” academic support is a mechanism by which online instruction can be provided to in-person students if two requirements are met: </p> <ul> <li>The student is unable to attend school because of a temporary medical condition, AND </li> <li>The total amount of remote conferencing “Intermittent School to Home” instruction does not exceed more than 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. </li> </ul> <p>In addition, one of the following requirements must be met: </p> <ul> <li>Student’s temporary medical condition is documented by a physician. </li> <li>The student has a positive test result for a communicable disease. </li> <li>The student has been identified as having been in close contact for COVID-19 </li> </ul> <p>Each campus will have an assigned employee to serve as an Intermittent School to Home Campus Facilitator to assist students.  Please contact your child’s campus Intermittent School to Home Facilitator to request academic assistance with missed schoolwork.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HOMEBOUND SERVICES</strong>      </span> <br> The District’s homebound services may be an option for students with medical conditions which require in-home academic support for an extended amount of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s campus or click <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/dept/sped/operatingguidelines/Documents/Homebound%20Brochure.pdf___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzo2ZGM5ZDJkYjE0MmE1MDk2NmQzNGUwNjliMDAzOTQ1ZDo1OjExNjY6MDI1NTUwNDVmNTEwMGFkMDUwMWI0NzAwYzk4OWUzNTcyNDNlODhkZmRhNWEzZmJmYTlmZGQ0ZjAwZmNiMzVkMDpo">here</a> for information regarding homebound services.                    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HEALTH SERVICES </strong> </span>            <br> All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/healthservices/Pages/Immunizations.aspx">Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page</a>.                             </p> <p>Katy ISD Health Services Department has partnered with Texas Vaccine Institute to offer low-cost immunization opportunities for our students who may need state required vaccines for school attendance or who may want to take advantage of receiving the <strong><u>optional</u> Pfizer COVID-19 </strong>vaccine or the <strong>Flu vaccine.</strong>                </p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: January 20, 2022<strong> </strong>                 <br> <strong>TIME:</strong> 2 – 5 p.m.                 <br> <strong>LOCATION: </strong>  Professional Development Annex Building                           </p> <p>Texas Vaccine Institute provider information:                 <br> <strong>WHO</strong>: Accepting insured and uninsured                 <br> <strong>PRICE</strong>: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two, $30 for three or more for the REQUIRED STATE IMMUNIZATIONS                 <br> <strong>BRING</strong>: Campus nurse provided “PARENT NOTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION DUE" form, child’s personal immunization record, insurance card if insured. Accepting cash/credit/debit cards.               </p> <p><strong><u>OPTIONAL</u></strong><strong> VACCINES:</strong> Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (5+ yrs.) at NO COST, provide insurance card if insured.     </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>RANDALL’S PHARMACY <u>OPTIONAL</u> COVID-19 VACCINATIONS & BOOSTERS</strong> </span><br>Randall’s Pharmacy will offer a series of optional vaccination opportunities to Katy ISD students ages 5-11, and booster vaccinations for ages 12-16+ at the Agricultural Sciences Center (5801 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Rd). The vaccination is available free of charge. A valid student ID, along with a completed parent consent form must be presented. Dates and times and they are as follows:<br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/daab12b1ca59ca43882ccfd73cbc1abb/randalls.png" alt="randalls" width="338" height="104" /><br><br></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child and to access the parent consent form, please use the following link: </span><a title="Protected by Avanan: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.com*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fmhealthsystem.com*2FKatyISD__*3B*21*21N081aGSY*21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0Rf" href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/clicktime.symantec.com/39wxQcRMvxUyrh25dDmwu3J7Vc?u=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Furldefense.com%2a2Fv3%2a2F__https%2a3A%2a2Fmhealthsystem.com%2a2FKatyISD__%2a3B%2a21%2a21N081aGSY%2a21Ha_cNbelpxXsEGhUOkEGOlitZsN6pUynjLQ52M7RsTYpPb0RfxFpCiOAPWPN2nJgdrU%2a24__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21N081aGSY%21FBJfijWJPGAC_3foolkpkpfNxoM6nWanqMaZiq5Wt01vjart-wtJVORdkoHQ0yohKq0$___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNjY5MGNjMDdhOWUyNWUyMzhlNzNiMzI3ZjVlMWRjNzo1OjVjYWE6OGJlMDE1NzRhODczODJiYzdhM2E0NjFmNzRiY2YxNTkwZjkyN2FkNjczMTAyMjIwN2I1OTFjMjY4YmNlOGVjMjpo"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">https://mhealthsystem.com/KatyISD</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">.  </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">NOTE: Katy ISD students are not required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in District activities and/or programs. </span></p> <p style="margin:0in;"> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/33f1e0f324d222c0377a8e5f1c8dd013/Student_Updates_-_ALL.JPG" alt="student updates all" width="699" height="86" /></span> </p> <p style="margin:0in;text-align:center;"> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong> </span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">SECONDARY & ELEMENTARY STUDENT REPORT CARDS</span><br></strong>Secondary and Elementary students’ report cards are official and electronically viewable in the <a href="https://homeaccess.katyisd.org/HomeAccess/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=/HomeAccess/">Home Access Center (HAC)</a>.  To view the electronic grade report, please click on the “Grades” icon – Report Card Tab.  Should you need assistance in accessing an electronic grade notification, <strong>please complete this form and a member of the technology team will contact you: </strong><a href="http://www.katyisd.org/Parent-Student-Tech-Support/Pages/default.aspx">Parent and Student Technology Support Center</a><strong>.</strong>  <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/effbb324bbba4042987056bdd7b1fee7/RC_on_HAC.png" alt="HAC" width="643" height="170" /><br><em>*Please note, by clicking PRINT, a printable, PDF version of the RC will be rendered.</em></p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> “NO HOMEWORK” NIGHT & WEEKENDS</span><br></strong>Katy ISD is excited to announce the return of “no homework night,” which has been expanded to “no homework weekends,” for the spring 2022 semester. We believe that it is important that during a busy spring semester that our staff and students have time to rest and recalibrate before an upcoming school week. Please click here to view the updated <a href="/Documents/Calendars/Instructional_Calendar_2021-2022.pdf">spring 2022 instructional calendar</a>. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION</strong></span>                 <br> The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20, 2021 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022.  While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:                             </p> <p><strong>Free</strong>                 <br> Pre-K programs                 <br> Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra                <br> Career and Technical Education certification exams                <br> Summer meals                     </p> <p><strong>Discounted</strong>                <br> Summer school tuition                 <br> Advanced Placement exams                 <br> SAT and ACT test fees                 <br> College application fees                 <br> Career and Technical Education fees                                 </p> <p>Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.schoolcafe.com/__%3b%21%21N081aGSY%21HE9mxGZVYMdjHE4hYwfr73-fNhJWIL0XGC7iwf9otEGxua7k1XKILWrgzt2kWvy3ZmfRdg$">SchoolCafe.com</a><u>.</u> To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit <a href="/PNG/Pages/default.aspx">Pay N’ Go</a>.                                 </p> <p>Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update.  Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.    </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPEAKUP ANONYMOUS REPORTING APP</strong>  </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4e4cc56fc02c92582f6fbb1e9d80e618/SpeakUpIcon.JPG" alt="speakup" width="198" height="199" /><br><br></p> <p>SpeakUP is the anonymous reporting platform that students, parents, and patrons can use to report safety concerns, bullying, threats of violence, drug use, as well as any other concerns related to student physical or mental health. SpeakUP is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play. It is also available on all District websites, computers and District devices. SpeakUP provides an opportunity for the Katy ISD community to anonymously provide valuable information to District administration and law enforcement that will help keep our students safe.                       </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">2022- 2023 STUDENT TRANSFER APPLICATION</span></strong> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6cde324f0ca4fe11ffa5b03fe34cd259/SchoolTransfers.png" alt="schooltransfers" width="253" height="98" /></p> <p>The 2022-2023 Student Transfer Application window is now open and closes on Friday, March 11, 2022. The online application can be found on the <u>Katy ISD Student Transfers</u> webpage. </p> <p>All transfers must be renewed annually. If your student is currently on a transfer, you must complete the Student Transfer Application for the 2022- 2023 school year by March 11, 2022. Failure to submit a transfer application by the deadline will revert your child(ren)’s campus assignment to their home zoned campus and may impact courses selected for the 2022-2023 school year. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT</strong>  </span>          <br> <a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx">Parent & Student Tech Resources & Support</a> (if you are not able to find your answer, please access our new parent/student ticketing system, instructions at the bottom of the page)        <br> <a href="http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Parent-Tech-FAQs.aspx">Parent Technology FAQs <br> </a><a href="/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/Knowledge-Base-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx">Katy 1 Source (Parent & Student Searchable Knowledge Base)</a>        <br> Parent Tech Support: 281-396-7400 (info line only)      </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a009654f50a9ac60f0a18e32a812c1a/Class_of_3.jpg" alt="classof2022" width="800" height="146" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>WINTER GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br> Congratulations to our seniors eligible to graduate on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  The winter graduation ceremony will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center.  Early graduates may elect to participate in the winter graduation ceremony on January 20 or participate in the May ceremony at Legacy Stadium.  Early graduates are encouraged to contact their campus registrar to confirm ceremony participation. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SPRING GRADUATION</strong>  </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6530112a109dd894102cf21f1bab936b/SpringGrad.png" alt="springgrad" width="707" height="199" /></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/c67a7e4b697ee40bd171ae7e8205e4e2/SummerSchool_2.jpg" alt="summer school" width="798" height="146" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"> <strong>Katy Virtual School</strong>  </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/a8031c3266476517f1b7ba580110d012/KVS.png" alt="kvs" width="188" height="60" /><br><a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org</a> <br>Katy Virtual School (KVS) online classes are a way for secondary students to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities through paid, online supplemental high school credit courses during the summer and school year. </p> <p>KVS courses: </p> <ul> <li>Provide flexibility in scheduling.  </li> <li>Allow students to get ahead on credits. </li> <li>Provide opportunity to access courses that are not offered on the home campus. </li> <li>Help students moving into Katy ISD from outside Texas to meet graduation requirements.  </li> <li>Courses are developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers.  </li> </ul> <p>  </p> <p>KVS offers over 45 approved College Board Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses. The cost is $200 per semester with reduced or no fees for students identified as economically disadvantaged. Courses are also approved by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.  </p> <p><strong>Registration opens February 1, 2022, for summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023. </strong>Questions can be answered through your home campus counselor, <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/FAQs.aspx">Katy Virtual School FAQ,</a> or email <a href="mailto:katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org">katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org</a>. </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br> Summer school registration for students currently in 6th - 12th grades will open in the spring semester. Students interested in taking high school original credit courses may register through the Katy Virtual School (KVS) beginning on February 1, 2022. You can visit the <a href="/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx">KVS website</a> for more information and see the additional information included below under Katy Virtual School.  Junior high and high school credit recovery course registration will open in mid-May 2022. More details will be available in January.   </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL</strong> </span><br> Eligible elementary students may attend one of the following summer elementary programs.  Elementary campus counselors will be in contact during the spring semester to confirm student eligibility.  </p> <p><strong>ESL/Bilingual Program </strong> <br><strong>English Language Development Program </strong> <br><strong>HB 4545 Accelerated Learning for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.</strong> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/31234feb3d3b68942f543515a72d00c8/Student_Updates_-_SECONDARY.JPG" alt="secondary updates" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span> <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>ATHLETICS</strong>                   </span><br>Soccer games begin this week for all schools.  The boys’ teams will compete in the MOJO Classic tournament January 6-8 and the girls’ teams will compete in the I-10 Shootout tournament on January 13-15. See the <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZNn_vLQY3NTrmeUkD2jKtIasRAfkVKlNJnYHbLncjqc/edit#gid=0">brackets here</a>. </p> <p>As a reminder, all athletic events in Katy ISD that require a ticket must be purchased online. You can purchase them in advance or at an event using your mobile device.  For more information about online ticketing, visit the <a href="/PNG/Pages/PayNGoTix.aspx">website here</a>. </p> <p>Please remember that Katy ISD and all District events are under Stage 3 Modification Operations. Katy ISD highly recommends the wearing of a facial covering at all athletic events. Currently, all athletic events are on schedule and can be found at: <a href="/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/athletics/Pages/default.aspx</a> </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE FOR 5th – 11th GRADE STUDENTS</strong>   </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/d9d813a3dcf64ac4b90423663c5f3a95/schoolLinks.png" alt="school links" width="151" height="150" /><br><strong>January 2022:  </strong> <br> Course selection information released to students  </p> <p><strong>Friday, January 28:</strong>  <br> 6th - 11th grade course selection window opens via SchooLinks  <br> 5th grade students go home with course selection sheet, due back to campus on or before February 4th </p> <p><strong>Sunday, February 6: </strong>  <br> Course selection window closes for 6th - 11th grade students  </p> <p><strong>Monday, February 7 – Friday, March 11:</strong>  <br> Counselors review course selection submissions via one-on-one student conferences  </p> <p><strong>Monday, March 21 – Sunday, March 27:</strong>  <br> Secondary course verification  </p> <p><strong>Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1:</strong>  <br> Secondary counselors complete course verification changes  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> FINE ARTS</strong>   </span>                <br><strong>Katy ISD Rodeo Art Show</strong> <br>The annual KISD Rodeo Art Show Open House is on Wednesday, January 12, 5:30-7:30pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) . More than 720 pieces of 2D and 3D art representing PK-12<sup>th</sup> grades across the District will be displayed.  Forty-five (45) 2D works and 25 3D works will be chosen to advance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest at NRG on January 15. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </p> <p><strong>2022 High School Cheer Showcase </strong>      <br> On Monday, January 24<sup>, </sup>at 7pm at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), Katy ISD high school cheer programs will showcase their 2022 UIL Competition routines.  These teams will go on to compete on Jan 14 – 15 at the UIL Spirit Championships held in Ft. Worth. Admission to the LMC event is free.  </p> <p><strong>Fine Arts Event Calendar</strong>  <br> Musical Season is upon us!  We encourage the Katy community to attend our amazing  fine arts productions that are held across the district.  For a current list of fine arts performances, please click on the following link for information:  <a href="/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx">https://www.katyisd.org/dept/finearts/Pages/Calendar.aspx</a>  </p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> For ticketed campus held events, please contact the local campus or program.</p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA EXEMPT</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/4ba01818701526a5dbd339d6c2486c73/gps_exempt.png" alt="gpa" width="149" height="156" /><br><strong>The GPA EXEMPT tile is located in MyKaty Cloud</strong> </p> <p>Click the link below to access the 2021-2022 GPA Exempt information. </p> <p><a href="/Documents/GPA_Exempt%202021-2022.pdf"><strong>GPA_Exempt 2021-2022.pdf</strong></a>  </p> <p>Students can submit GPA exemptions from <strong><u>January 4-February 18.</u> </strong>No exemptions will be accepted after February 18.  </p> <p><strong>HOW DO STUDENTS ENROLL IN A GPA EXEMPT COURSE?</strong> </p> <p>Students interested in taking one of the GPA Exempt courses must discuss this option with their counselor at the beginning of the course. If the student meets allof the criteria, they must: </p> <p>1.Complete the online GPA Exempt application. </p> <p>2.Submit the application no later than the end of the 6th week of each semester. At this time, if all criteria are met, it will be approved, and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. </p> <p>Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the application deadline for the first semester, may apply for the second semester if they meet the criteria.  </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong> GPA CALCULATION</strong> </span> <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/5430873cfb1a52b58211a6c10e44c457/HAC_Icon.JPG" alt="hac" width="197" height="198" /> <br> 9th – 12th Grades:  <br> Updated GPA available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 8 a.m.                </p> <p><strong>11th & 12th Grades only:</strong>  <br> Updated Rank/Quartile available in HAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022. </p> <p><strong>9th – 12th Grades:</strong>  <br> Official transcripts available in <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a> on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.                           </p> <p>Please note, rank is unofficial in the Home Access Center (HAC).  The official quartile prints on the certified transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10, which will be noted numerically for rank.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL EXEMPTION CRITERIA</strong>   </span>    <br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/57c7785324272efb477280ceaa22f025/image004.png" alt="exempt" width="283" height="170" /><br> The 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the <a href="https://mykaty.katyisd.org/LoginPolicy.jsp">MyKaty Cloud</a> “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.                    </p> <p>In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and the reinstatement of the attendance requirement to exempt high school final exams, students are encouraged to review the 2022-2023 exemption criteria. All absences will count toward the maximum of 8 allowed unless the absences are school-related (see attendance codes per the 2022-2023 exemption form).         </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST</strong> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/6a88b6c8be424c9affa7c1d5c92fe2e6/scriborder_icon.JPG" alt="scriborder" width="198" height="197" /><br> Current high school students and 2004 to present alumni students can request their high school transcript through <a href="https://katyisdtx.scriborder.com/">ScribOrder</a>. Alumni prior to 2004 should reach out to the campus registrar to make a request.  </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>SCHOOLINKS</strong>  </span><br>SchooLinks is a college and career readiness platform that helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create an individualized career and academic plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks  is accessible to students in 6th - 12th grades, and their parents.                                               </p> <p><strong>Using SchooLinks, students and families can:</strong>          </p> <ul> <li>Build their Personal Graduation Plan        </li> <li>Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys          </li> <li>Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges          </li> <li>Create course plans based on career pathways          </li> <li>Take virtual reality college campus tours          </li> <li>Search for scholarships          </li> <li>Learn about financial aid          </li> <li>Find internship and volunteer opportunities          </li> <li>Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields          </li> <li>Create digital portfolios / resumes          </li> <li>Communicate with counselors            </li> </ul> <p><strong>Student Login:</strong>          <br> Students login to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select SchooLinks logo.                  </p> <p><strong>Parent/Guardian Login: </strong>          <br> Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks at a later date.           </p> <p>If you want to learn more about SchooLinks please visit: <br> <a href="https://hello.schoolinks.com/">https://hello.schoolinks.com/</a>                  </p> <p style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/ba8c9464906989960efdfb0ccd7f0924/Parent_Updates.JPG" alt="parent updates" width="699" height="88" /> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>LIBRARY BOOK INFORMATION</strong> </span><br> Parents of secondary students may be notified via email if their child checks out a Young Adult Fiction book from the campus library. This optional notification is available if a parent elected to receive the library notification when filling out the online Return to School Enrollment update in August.  If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact <a href="mailto:Bookconcern@KatyISD.org">Bookconcern@KatyISD.org</a> to make a change and request the notification.<br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/269f8e0077b23556f958434efd80cc30/onthego.png" alt="onthego" width="193" height="60" /><br>Parents/guardians of elementary and secondary students may also download the <a href="https://url.avanan.click/v2/___https:/www.katyisd.org/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx___.YXAzOmthdHlpc2QyOmE6bzpiNDFiYmQyMDFhZTM4ODcxZjQ2ZmVlOWFmYjQ1ZTBmZDo1OmVhMTU6OTQ0MDg2ZWExZGQxY2FjNzUwZTRlYWY5ZGM1MTM2NWI0ODU3NTc0ZGVmMTc5OGU2OTBlOTQwMWU1NGUwMjBhODpo">Katy<em> OnTheGo</em></a> app to review the books that their student has checked out.     </p> <p><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"><strong>NEW</strong></span><strong><span style="background-color:#00ff00;"> </span><span style="color:#ff0000;">PARENT COMMUNITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY</span></strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"> </span><br><img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-1/images/tinymce/39a4144588e6d3a821ed3f48c4d5caf7/CrimeStoppers.png" alt="crime stoppers" width="419" height="116" /><br>In partnership with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Crime Stoppers Houston hosts the webinar series: S.A.V.E. (Safety Awareness. Valuable Education). This series serves as a platform for discussion on many topics that concern the safety of our schools and community.  These topics include: mental health, human trafficking, social media and internet safety. Please see the link for upcoming webinars available throughout the month of January. <a href="https://crime-stoppers.org/events/2022-01/">S.A.V.E. Webinar Series January</a> </p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>CHILD FIND </strong>  </span>                 <br> Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s school for more information about the Child Find process or click on the following link.                   <br> <a href="/dept/sped/Pages/Child%20Find.aspx">Katy ISD Child Find Information Page</a>                       </p> <p><strong>#OneKatyStrongerTogether</strong>     </p> <p> </p></div><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD is Hiring!Katy ISD is Hiring!2022-01-07T14:33:24Z<div class="ExternalClass59C89684F7414A3AB05547DDD04E9C23"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">With the start of 2022, how about a new job at a thriving school district identified by Forbes as one of the top employers in the state of Texas?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is seeking to fill vacancies in classroom instruction and support, maintenance, operations, transportation and law enforcement.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“From educating our students, keeping our campuses clean and safe, and providing transportation to and from school, these men and women are essential to the success of our school district," said Brian Schuss, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Katy ISD offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to those interested in joining our team," added Schuss.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This spring, the District will also host its annual Certified Teacher Job Fair on <strong>Saturday, March 26, 2022</strong>.  Elementary campus leadership will meet interested candidates between 8:30-11:30 a.m., and secondary personnel between 1-4 p.m. at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Candidates interested in any Katy ISD position may apply at:  <a href="https://katy.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx">bit.ly/ApplyKatyISD</a>.​<br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Launches Spring Community Education CoursesKaty ISD Launches Spring Community Education Courses2022-01-03T20:08:19Z<div class="ExternalClass821775789D86435A892A023252EAA462"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, maybe take some computer skills classes, or learn how to dance salsa?  If so, look no further!  Spring enrollment has begun for a variety of Katy Independent School District Community Education classes which aim to provide participants the opportunity to build expertise, learn a different skill or enjoy a new activity. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">With a variety of topics and options, the Community Education courses at Katy ISD provide the general public with learning opportunities that include self-improvement, enrichment, recreation, professional skills courses and best of all, an opportunity to make new friends.  Spring semester classes take place at various Katy ISD high schools during evening hours, and interested individuals can view course availability through the Katy ISD <a href="/dept/ce/Documents/Community_Education_Catalog.pdf">Community Education Spring 2022 Online Course Catalog.</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“For over 30 years, the Katy ISD Community Education Program has grown to include almost 2,000 participants per semester," said Karen Lewis, Director of Internal & Community Relations.  “We have found that many participants who take a course, return in following semesters to take more classes," added Lewis.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Registration is available online. Everyone is invited to register for classes, even if you live outside of the Katy ISD district. Certificates of completion are issued for most classes. For questions, call the Community Education Department at 281-396-6365. <br></p><p><br></p></div>

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