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Governor Abbott has directed school districts to re-open for in-person instruction this fall, as well as offer parents the option for virtual instruction. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) further mandated that in-person instruction follow a Monday through Friday schedule. The Katy Independent School District will offer in-person learning with multiple safety protocols and COVID-19 prevention measures, and a virtual option via the Katy Virtual Academy. Both options will follow the
Board adopted 2020-2021 instructional year calendar.
Option 1: In-Person Instruction
In person instruction includes face-to-face instruction, in addition to the utilization of the digital learning management system, Canvas, for other in-class supports and resources. Canvas can also be utilized as a virtual resource that provides a platform for continuous learning should there be an intermittent return from school to home instruction due to COVID-19. Daily attendance is taken.
Option 2: Katy Virtual Academy (KVA)
The KVA instructional framework encompasses a schedule in which students are able to engage in two-way, real-time, live instruction with teachers that is delivered through technology devices (also known as synchronous instruction). KVA students can communicate and request support from teachers when needed. Students engage with their academic material on a daily basis and the KVA instructional schedule meets the minimum number of required daily minutes per the TEA. Daily attendance is taken.
The majority of secondary courses are offered in a virtual format that is real-time, live instruction with assigned teachers. However, some secondary courses that are offered in a virtual format require before- and after-school participation with the assigned teacher (co-curricular and extra-curricular courses). Also, some secondary courses are offered in a hybrid format which requires students to fulfill in-person course requirements in accordance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKs).
The TEA definitions for synchronous instruction and asynchronous instruction:
Remote Synchronous Instruction:
Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected snapshot time. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, 28.002
Remote Asynchronous Instruction: Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, 28.002
All KVA classes are taught by a Katy ISD certified teacher and follow the Katy ISD curriculum which encompasses the TEKS and Texas graduation requirements. KVA classes are taught using Canvas and online digital curriculum resources. Resources and instructional materials, including technology devices, textbooks, library books and calculators, are available for student check-out for home use.
Please note: KVA may not be able to support some instructional programs and course offerings that would otherwise be available to enhance student experiences such as certain Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. More information about this will be available soon.
General questions regarding Katy Virtual Academy, please email: KVA@katyisd.org
Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) Commitment
The next opportunity to opt-in to in-person instruction or Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) instruction for the second grading period will be from August 31-September 18 (secondary) and September 21-October 2 (elementary). The opt-in commitment link will be available on your student’s campus home page and will open at 8 AM. All opt-in changes are in effect at the beginning of the second six-week (secondary) and nine-week (elementary) grading period. We appreciate your support, as campuses are working extremely hard to schedule and balance in–person and virtual learning classes for each grading period. If you have any questions regarding the next opportunity to change your child’s learning option for the second grading period, please email KVA@katyisd.org.
If your child receives special services i.e. special education, ESL/bilingual, gifted and talented, dyslexia, and you have questions, please direct them to the following email for a response from program staff.
Annual Enrollment Update via PowerSchool
During the week of August 3, parents and guardians who have an email address on file with the District will receive a unique Snapcode for each of their enrolled students. Parents and guardians who have not provided an email address will receive their Snapcode by US postal mail.
If you do not receive a Snapcode by the designated date, or you are having issues with PowerSchool enrollment, please contact your student's campus or submit a Help Desk ticket.
Option A: In-Person (On-Campus)
Traditional on-campus attendance procedures continue for the 2020-2021 school year.
Option B: Virtual Instruction (KVA)
Just as with traditional on-campus attendance procedures, official attendance is taken during scheduled KVA classes. A student is considered absent if the student does not have documented engagement in Canvas and/or daily contact with the teacher, and/or documentation of completion of daily assignments.
Per TEA’s COVID-19 guidance regarding transportation, Katy ISD is implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures between each bus trip. Therefore, additional time is now required between bus trips. For the 2020-2021 school year, the instructional day start and end times have been adjusted to accommodate the enhanced hygiene protocols.
High School: 7:15 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Elementary 1: 7:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Elementary 2: 8:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Junior High: 8:55 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
“Grab and Go” Meal Program
Free Breakfast and Lunch Meals
Beginning Monday, September 21, breakfast and lunch meals will be free to all students whether on campus or enrolled in KVA and using the grab n go pick up. Breakfast and lunch meals served at the curbside sites are also available to all Katy area children 18 and under. This free meal benefit is a temporary program which is expected to last through December 2020.
Curbside Grab and Go breakfast and lunch, ready to heat and eat at home, can be picked up at: Morton Ranch High School, Mayde Creek High School and Cinco Ranch High School from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday as per the school schedule.
As of Thursday, September 17, Seven Lakes High School will no longer offer curbside meals. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch meals at the curbside Grab and Go sites for children 18 and under listed above.
Katy ISD students may have one breakfast and one lunch per day. Students who eat meals at school are not eligible for a meal at the Grab and Go location. If parents are picking up meals for their children and the children are not present, identification for each Katy ISD enrolled child such as an ID, report card, or birth certificate must be presented prior to receiving the meals.
Students enrolled in KVA follow the same grading guidelines as in-person instruction. Teachers receive support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grading guidelines are followed in both instructional models.
There are no changes to the Katy ISD grading guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.
The attendance requirement for fall 2020 final exam eligibility has been waived. High school students may elect to exempt a final exam if the semester average and behavior requirements are met.
Character Strong – A District character trait program has been adopted to support social and emotional learning
Trained personnel for in-person and virtual are available to provide resources and strategies to support students’ social and emotional well-being
Trained personnel for in-person and virtual are also available to provide trauma informed practices and to support students and are well versed in how to report potential behavioral threats
Counselors and LSSP’s are also available to support students and families in the virtual environment
Student Support Services Parent Resources
Technology for Virtual Learning
All students may use their personally-owned laptops, computers and/or smart devices for intermittent and KVA virtual learning. Parents with a child(ren) in need of a device, may request a device through the Student Device Request Form which will be available on the Smart ReStart webpage beginning on Thursday, August 6.
Curbside “Grab and Go” campus distribution of devices will take place on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18. Students’ campuses will communicate their “Grab and Go” schedules. Campus “Grab and Go” check-outs will include distribution of all devices requested via the Online New Student Enrollment & Registration, the Katy Virtual Academy commitment form, the Annual Student Update in PowerSchool and/or the
Device Request Form.
Need Free or Reduced Cost Internet Access?
Katy ISD has compiled a list of resources for students, parents and staff for Low Cost Internet Options.
Parent/Student Technology Support (Students and Parents)
Parents and students communicate their requests by filling out a form, E-mail or by calling 281-396-7400.
The preferred method of
contact from parents and students is through an online form.
Parents can email the team at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and the team will reply to them.
Parents and students can call 281-396-7400.
If a parent or student does not reach the team, they can leave a voice message.
UPDATE - Help Desk Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday