Katy ISD Closure Information
-last updated March 23, 2020
We understand that this has been a challenging time for our school community as many balance career, family and childcare. As you know, the information regarding the prevention and spread of COVID-19 has been evolving daily, while reported cases in the Greater Houston area have gradually increased. The CDC has already recommended social distancing protocols, and is now asking the public to comply with directives to limit gatherings to ten people or less and implement multi-week school closures for a minimum of four weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus. With these priorities in mind, Katy ISD will be postponing the opening of its schools until at least Monday, April 13.
This measure will provide the District and health officials time to evaluate the extent of COVID-19 in our community. Data collected over the next several weeks will also allow us to make an informed decision to resume in-person instruction or extend the closure.
Katy ISD supports our parents' decisions regarding their child's well-being and attendance at school. Absences that occurred prior to spring break and were related to COVID-19 concerns and students' attendance at school are coded as excused.
ACT/SAT Saturday Testing
March testing dates are cancelled until further notice. More information about the SATs can be found on the College Board website.
Community Education and Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Courses
All evening courses held for both Katy ISD Community Education and HCDE are cancelled through May 2020 or until further notice.
Campus requests for student documents (VOE, birth certificate, custody paperwork) should be directed to 281-396-2150.
Emergency Text Notifications from Katy ISD
The District utilizes emergency text notifications as an additional layer of messaging to Katy ISD’s already existing platforms — email, website, social and news media. Emergency text notifications are only used by the District central office for emergency and related information (i.e. school closings, weather conditions, etc.). Parents/guardians who wish to receive emergency text notifications from the District should make certain that their mobile phone number is registered in the Home Access Center (HAC) contact form — specifically within the “Automated Contact Text” field. Please note that it takes at least 24 hours for the system to update and recognize new entries. Detailed instructions on how to register your mobile number. Once you have opted-in, emergency text notifications will arrive from a Katy ISD assigned number such as “606-80.” However, this origin number may differ for each mobile user, depending on the service provider. Because of this, Katy ISD identifies each District text with this opening, “Katy ISD notification:”
Katy ISD Staff: If you are a District employee, please follow the employee instructions for registering a mobile phone number.
The attendance requirement for spring 2020 high school final exam exemptions has been waived. The semester grade average and discipline exemption requirements remain intact.
All facilities are closed to outside rentals through Sunday, April 12 or until further notice. This includes rentals pertaining to after school programs, athletic rentals, churches, fine art rentals and all others.
The secondary 5th six weeks progress report grading period and submission of grades is on hold. At this time the submission of grades is pending.
K-12 Student Support Services/SEL
K-12 Student Support/Social-Emotional Wellness: KISD counselors and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) will have daily office hours available to parents, staff, and students. Students who were receiving small group or individualized counselor/LSSP support will receive a 1-1 check-in with that professional. Outcomes of these check-ins will include wellness checks and review of the social emotional skills that students were focused on prior to the break.
Family and Community Resources: Katy ISD will provide information of community resources to support students and families as they become available. Resources will also include information on how to talk with your children about COVID-19, activities related to stress reduction, mindfulness and information to support the mental health of all family members during this uncertain time.
District Support Team: Any additional questions on student support/social-emotional wellness can be addressed by:
Christy Maeker (Director of Counseling)
Dr. Kristie Moore (Instructional Officer for Psychological Services)
Edie White (Coordinator of Bullying Prevention)
Anne McHale-Miller, LMSW (District Social Worker)
Online and Virtual Instruction & Learning
The District has been working to develop plans for online education to provide continuity in our students’ learning during the closure. Online teaching and learning will be comprised of teaching strategies supported by technology tools and resources. The planned resources and tools that will be available through the District’s online environment will be an extension of the same online learning that has been utilized by our students, staff and parents since the beginning of this school year. We will be providing additional information on Katy ISD’s online learning rollout by March 23. The information will include details on how the District can assist in providing access to technology resources such as online content, devices, internet access and remote support.
Governor Abbott has cancelled mandatory STAAR testing for this school year.
Student Meals During Closure
School breakfast and lunches will be served at the campuses listed below from 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Katy area children ages 0 to 18 are eligible and may pick up a breakfast and lunch at one of the designated locations. Children do not need to be an enrolled Katy ISD student. The meals will be provided in a "grab and go" style outside of the cafeteria near the covered walkway where buses pickup and drop off students.
Bear Creek Elementary
Cinco Ranch High School (starts on Monday, March 30)
Mayde Creek Elementary (last day of service at this site is March 27; service to transition to Mayde Creek HS)
Mayde Creek High School (starts on Monday, March 30)
Memorial Parkway Elementary
Paetow High School
West Memorial Elementary
Tompkins High School
Parents needing to pick up their child's medication during the closure of school are asked to call (281) 396-2150.
Technology Help Desk- Parents and Students
For questions about Canvas, Online Textbooks, students’ username & passwords and other related items please see the information on the Parent Tech Help page. If you need additional help, you can fill out the Parent Help Form linked on that page.
*Access to MyKaty is only available for staff and students.
Travel – Students & Staff
All student and staff travel is suspended through July 1, 2020 or until further notice. Travel includes field trips, conferences, competitions and all out-of-town trips.
UIL Practices & Competitions
UIL has notified the Katy ISD Athletic Department that all practices and competitions are suspended through May 4, 2020 or until further notice.
Katy ISD has ceased normal business operations due to COVID-19. Staff is working remotely and has limited access to technology. However, the District is working to continue to pay vendors for services as quickly possible during Katy ISD’s facilities closure. Any questions should be directed to Terri Dowdle.