Email from Katy ISD on 7/23/2020
July 23, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,
In Monday’s update to you, I had referenced the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation and how it could potentially impact our school reopening plans. Our number one priority will always be to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff as we prepare to bring children back to schools for in-person instruction. This week I have had a number of conversations with local governmental and public health officials — all of whom have shared that they are concerned about the metrics related to this pandemic.
It is very clear that the intention of giving a superintendent the authority to temporarily delay in-person instruction is to ensure we are carefully evaluating local health conditions in our community. These health conditions that are important to the decision to resume in-person instruction include the number of active COVID-19 cases, the positivity rate percentages, and hospitalizations. Using this information, I have decided to delay the return to in-person instruction by three weeks. The first day of school will still be August 19, however, all students will begin with virtual instruction on that day.
It is my intention to continue to honor the requests and needs of the families who desire to return their students for in-person instruction. On September 8, the goal is to resume plans to reopen campuses for both in-person instruction and virtual instruction. Still, I think we keep in mind that any plans are subject to change given the course of this pandemic.
In preparation for the first day of instruction on August 19, families who wish to elect Katy Virtual Academy for their students during the first grading cycle, must submit a KVA commitment form by August 5. Even though all Katy ISD students will participate in online learning for the first few weeks, it’s important to inform us of your preferred instructional option. This will ensure your student has the same teacher on August 19 as when in-person instruction resumes on September 8, regardless of the instructional option elected.
I truly appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate the impacts of this global crisis, while also balancing the learning needs of the students we serve.
Although no action regarding the reopening of schools will be taken at the Board meeting this Monday, I will be providing an update to our Board and community. We will also continue to update our Smart Restart web page as new information becomes available.
Dr. Ken Gregorski