Parent Webinars will be offered to parents the following dates and times. The Zoom links are available below. Recorded webinars will be posted at the following times:
Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. - https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/85412209011
Friday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. - https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/89050144465
Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. - https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/82859402789
Power School Annual Student Update
August 1 – PowerSchool Annual Student Update begins (for returning Katy ISD students**)
All new and returning Katy ISD students are required to use PowerSchool Enrollment to submit their Annual Student Update and guardians will receive the students’ snapcode email by August 1. Should you have any questions, please email your school's corresponding contact found on the PowerSchool Enrollment website.
2022-2023 Bell Schedule
Katy ISD’s elementary bell schedule will see a slight adjustment beginning fall 2022 in an effort to maximize bus routes, minimize service delays, and accommodate for ongoing driver shortages. Please note that the bell schedule adjustment only affects elementary campuses. There will be no change to the 2022-2023 Katy ISD junior high nor high school bell schedules.
Should you have any questions about the elementary bell schedule adjustment, do not hesitate to call (281) 396-2110 or email email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS & RAPTOR REGISTRATION
Katy ISD has launched its District’s Raptor Volunteer Initiative. Raptor ensures quick and easy volunteer registration, allowing individual volunteers to create and manage a personal volunteer profile. In addition, the Raptor Volunteer Initiative provides an additional layer of protection for our Katy ISD students, staff, volunteers, and visitors - prioritizing the safety and security of our entire Katy ISD family. Beginning this fall, the district will require all volunteers serving on campuses during the instructional day to register with the District through its Raptor security system. Effective this spring, the new Raptor Volunteer registration and sign-in procedures will extend to volunteers serving during and after the instructional day, whether on or off campus. Once registered, volunteers should contact their campus volunteer organization to sign up for specific campus support activities.
Free and Reduced Application Opens August 1
In May 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded its free breakfast and lunch meal service that was available to all students, regardless of eligibility. To determine eligibility for free meals for the 2022-2023 school year, families with students who do not attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) campus will need to complete a Meal Benefits/Free & Reduced meals application. More information about free and reduced benefits can be found here. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines can be found here.
Please note that students who are attending an USDA designated Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) campus during the 2022-2023 school year will continue to receive free meals and are not required to complete a Meal Benefits application. More information about the USDA CEP program and eligible Katy ISD campuses can be found here.
2022-2023 Meal Prices
Beginning August 17, 2022, students will return to paying for breakfast and lunch based on their eligibility (except at CEP campuses where all meals are free. Meal prices for students have not been raised. Adult meal prices are based on USDA guidance. Meal prices are as follows:
Customers will need money in their School Café accounts or have cash to purchase a la carte items. Students can charge meals as per the following policy and their household will get an automated negative balance call:
If you are looking for your student’s Katy ID, their ID and other pertinent information can be found on the student’s ID badge. It is located under the bar code and begins with an alpha character.
Additionally, the Katy ID can also be found by logging into Home Access Center (HAC). Click on the Registration icon – Demographic Tab and locate the field called Student ID.
REMINDER: every student ID badge includes a unique student ID number that is used to check out library books and textbooks, to purchase food items in the cafeteria, to permit passage to certain club meetings, and to provide easy identification of students in common areas of the school. Secondary students must wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on school property. If a student loses the ID, a replacement must be purchased promptly from the designated school office/location. Failure to follow these procedures may be considered a violation of the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct. For more information regarding student ID badges, please review the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct (Identification (ID) Badges (p. 22).
Library Book Information
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 Annual Student Update in August. If a parent did not elect to receive the library notification, parents/guardians may contact instructionalresourceconcern@KatyISD.org to make a change and request the notification
All students enrolled in Katy ISD must be in compliance with state required immunizations. Immunization requirements can be found on the Katy ISD Health Services Immunizations page.
Texas Vaccine Institute will be offering the following dates and times for any student enrolled in Katy ISD, insured or uninsured, to receive the necessary required immunizations for school entry:
DATES: August 8, 15, 16, 17
TIMES: 9:00AM – 12:00PM and 2:00PM – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Katy ISD-Professional Development Annex building located at 6301 S. Stadium
Lane, Katy, 77494
COST: $15 for one immunization; $25 for two; $30 for three or more
Accepting credit/debit cards or cash
BRING: Shot record and insurance card if you have insurance
For additional information you may contact the Health Services Department at 281-396-2629.
Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Concuct
The 2022-2023 Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct can be found here. Significant changes include moving information from the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct to the Student Handbook. Electronic acknowledgment of both handbooks are included with Annual Student Update.
First Day of School Visitors - Elementary
Parents of elementary students may walk their student to their classroom on the first day of school per the District’s instructional year calendar. After the first day of school, parents will follow all campus and district guidelines when visiting their student’s campus. Questions regarding campus expectations and procedures when visiting your student’s campus may be directed to campus administration.
Birthday Treats and Deliveries
To avoid interruption of classes, messages will be delivered to students only in extreme emergencies. Student delivery of flowers, balloons, food (including birthday treats), and other such items are prohibited at school.
Meet the Teacher Night - August 15, 2022
Please see your campus website for information and procedures.
MYKATY CLOUD LOGIN PAGE UPDATE
Technology is debuting an updated MyKaty Cloud login page. Users can continue to use their existing MyKaty Cloud login credentials to access MyKaty Cloud.
What you will need to do:
When you access MyKaty Cloud for the first time with the new login screen, you are asked to enter your MyKaty Cloud username and password (see screenshot above). Then you are redirected to the screen below to confirm your password (1st time only). Following are the steps and the screenshot.
- Enter your MyKaty Cloud password.
- Enter the password again to confirm it.
- Click “Update Password” button.
- Manually click the “x” button in the upper right of the screen to close the “Update Synced User Password” window.
SpeakUp Anonymous Reporting App
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 students' physical or mental health. SpeakUp is available for download on 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 keep our students safe.
Family Technology Resources & Support - Great information and orientation for district technology and how to receive support.
Password Self Service Tool - Using this tool, you can retrieve your usesrname and/or reset your password using a verification code.
MyKaty Cloud - Portal for all district applications including HAC and Canvas.
September Release of Updated GPA
GPA and unofficial rank & transcript will be viewable in the Home Access Center by 8 AM on August 31, 2022 and will include any courses taken over the summer.
Please click on the “Grades” icon – Transcript Tab
- 10th through12thgrade students will be able to view their GPA and transcript
- 12th grade students will be able to review their unofficial rank/quartile
Official Transcripts will be available in Scribbles on September 7, 2022, and requests that have been entered for end-of-year transcripts will begin being fulfilled. Please note, that the official transcript only displays rank for the Top 10% and will show quartile for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quartile. Instructions are below on how to order if you have not already put in a request for an official transcript.
2023 Legacy Stadium Spring Graduation Ceremony Schedule
NEW The Class of 2023 can submit their college applications through the Schoolinks College Applications Manager beginning on August 5, 2022. Contact the College & Career Facilitator (CCF) at your campus for more information. (CCF Campus Directory)
Student Federal Aid (FAFSA)
In accordance with Texas Education Code Section 28.0256, 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).
Seniors who choose to opt out must complete one of the following options:
- 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;
- 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 31 (Removal of Disabilities of Minority), Family Code; or
- 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.
Each High School campus’ College and Career Facilitator will send out further instructions regarding how to submit proof of FAFSA/TASFA or Opt Out form using SchooLinks at the end of September. The FAFSA application opens for the Class of 2023 on October 1.
FAFSA Application: FAFSA Application Information
High School Exemption Criteria
The 2022-2023 final exam exemption criteria information is accessible via the MyKaty Cloud “Exemption Information” tile now available for quick and easy reference.
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).
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.
Using SchooLinks, students and families can:
- Build their Personal Graduation Plan
- Access career interest, strength and mindset surveys
- Explore 2-year and 4-year colleges
- Create course plans based on career pathways
- Take virtual reality college campus tours
- Search for scholarships
- Learn about financial aid
- Find internship and volunteer opportunities
- Explore traditional, emerging and military career fields
- Create digital portfolios / resumes
- Communicate with counselors
Students log in to SchooLinks via MyKaty Cloud, then select the SchooLinks logo.
Parents/Guardians will have login access to SchooLinks beginning August 5, 2022.
August 1st is a big day for Fall Athletic Programs in Katy ISD. High School Volleyball, Cross Country, Team Tennis, Football, and Swimming and Diving all start back up after a great summer of Strength and Conditioning. All Jr. High programs will start on August 17th.
Our first event of the year kicks off with the Katy ISD / Cy-Fair ISD Volleyball Classic. Volleyball teams from across Texas will be in town for a 48-team tournament on August 11th – 13th. View the tournament site here. This includes locations, brackets, schedules, ticketing and sponsor information.
This is a reminder that Katy ISD has moved to online ticket sales for all sports except Varsity Football. Head to our website here and click on the ‘Athletic Tickets’ button for more details.
See all our Athletic schedules here: Katy ISD Athletic Schedules
ELEMENTARY PARENT NOTIFICATION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
Elementary students in 4th & 5th grades will view “Always Changing and Growing Up,” a human growth and development film that will be shown during the spring semester. This information is being presented to bring an understanding of the developmental changes your child can expect as a normal part of growing up. This content is intended to initiate conversations between you and your child about the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during adolescence. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.
All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Parents are welcome to preview the film that will be presented to your child by contacting your home campus. Parents must give permission for their student to participate in the human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.
JUNIOR HIGH PARENT NOTIFICATION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
Students enrolled in junior high physical education (PE) or Athletics will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the fifth six-weeks. Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of early adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.
All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Texas Health Skills for Middle School by Goodheart-Wilcox is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents must give permission for their student to participate in the human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.
HIGH SCHOOL PARENT NOTIFICATION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
Students enrolled in high school health will receive instruction in Human Growth and Development during the third six weeks for students earning credit during the fall semester or the sixth six weeks for students earning credit during the spring semester. Topics will include the physical changes resulting from puberty, as well as personal hygiene, abuse, abstinence, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with information about how to deal with the challenges of adolescence and to supplement the efforts of parents as they educate and support their teens. We encourage you to talk with your child about the content and incorporate your own values.
All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meet the requirements that are mandated by the state. Texas Health Skills for High School by Goodheart-Wilcox is the Katy ISD approved curriculum resource. Parents can review the health curriculum materials on each individual campus by request. Parents must give permission for their student to participate in the human growth and development instruction. A permission form will be sent home with your student at least 14 days prior to the instruction being introduced to students.
Access to 2022 STAAR Test Results Using the Family Portal
As in previous years, families will be able to access detailed information about their child’s areas of strength, as well as any gaps in learning, by reviewing STAAR and STAAR EOC results. Parents will need to access the state’s Family Portal for all testing results by using their child’s Unique Student Access Code.
Previous Unique Student Access Codes are no longer effective in the Family Portal. Parents can utilize the Parent Directions To Access State Testing Results document located on the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment, and Accountability website.
Test results will be available in the Family Portal by the end-of-day listed in the chart below.
Partner with Parents (PWP): Instructional Resource Review Requests
Katy ISD values the continued partnership with our parents to ensure our students have access to the finest instructional resources available. The PWP Online Book Review app has been expanded to include review options for all Instructional Resources. Parents/Guardians with concerns regarding an Instructional Resource (i.e., Instructional Materials, Library Books, Internet/Online Materials) that may be in violation of the Board Policy EF Local that pertains to the “pervasively vulgar" standard, are encouraged to fill out an online review form via the Partner with Parents (PWP) Instructional Resource Review app available on MyKaty cloud.
To access the PWP app, log in to MyKaty 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).
Mental Health Resources
Beginning July 16, 2022 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transitioned to “988” the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline. The 988 lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers across the country that assist people in crisis every day. Please see additional information here: 988 Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish)
Katy ISD has updated the information on the back of ID badges for students in 4th-12th grade.
Parent Community Education Opportunity
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. S.A.V.E. Webinar Series
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: Katy ISD Child Find Information Page
Katy ISD Wellness Center - Permanent Closure
The Katy ISD Wellness Center is permanently closed. Parents, students and staff may, however, continue to utilize the COVID-19 Self Reporting app available on MyKaty cloud. Use the search bar in the upper left corner of the screen to locate the app.