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Return To School

Student Support Services - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare my child now for the return to school with all the new safety protocols?

Families should review the safety protocols the district is implementing for the 2020-2021 school year.  Safety protocols are available. Parents are encouraged to discuss these measures (I.e. social distancing and face coverings) with students to prepare for the Return to School.

My child is anxious about returning to school, what can I do to ease their worry?

Anxiety is the most common emotional symptom in children.  It’s important to realize that there are many situations that come up in everyday life in which it is appropriate and reasonable to react with some anxiety. It is important to validate your student's feelings and allow them a safe space to process their feelings.  Educating yourself on anxiety allows us to learn how to cope with stress in healthier, more productive ways.

Will my child be able to meet with their school counselor or other mental health professionals if they are a Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) student?

Yes.  Students will continue to be supported by their campus counselor.  Due to balancing in person and virtual students, we ask that parents schedule an appointment with their child’s counselor. Counselors and other mental health professionals will have designated time to support students enrolled in KVA.  

My family has chosen KVA and my child is upset because their friends are doing face to face instruction?

It is important to remind students that every family has different circumstances that influence their decision. Everyone is striving to make the best decision for their family.   While we cannot give a timeframe for when all students will all be back face to face, we do know that it will happen.  Families may want to consider alternatives for their children to connect with peers/friends virtually so that they are able to remain connected socially.

Since COVID19 I have seen a change in my child’s mental health, what do I do?

The emotional and behavioral responses of children are typically situational and in response to what is happening around them.   Mental Health America is a great resource for information and discusses the importance of mental wellness. Additional information is available:

My child will be a KVA student, how can I help create structure at home?

Routine is a healthy habit to cultivate and can help people feel organized and in control during times of change.  It is important to work with your child to create a routine that allows time for academics as well as breaks. Some students thrive with a highly structured daily schedule that outlines work in specific blocks of time. Other students do well with a list of things they need to complete that day. 

The following links to national, state, and local county COVID-19 support are provided to further assist you to contend with this pandemic.

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