KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 2, 2018
The following communication was sent out by Katy ISD regarding the new multi-bell schedule.
After careful consideration and review of feedback from 20,000 parents and community members, the Board of Trustees approved a change to the 2018-19 Katy ISD transportation model at the February 26 Regular Board Meeting.
Beginning this fall, Katy ISD campuses will transition to a multi-bell schedule. However, criteria for transportation eligibility will remain the same. Elementary students residing outside of a ½-mile radius of their school and secondary students outside of a 1-mile radius, will continue to be eligible for transportation services. The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day. Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups. Elementary Group 1 will begin school at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m., and Elementary Group 2 will begin at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3:40 p.m. All junior high campuses will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m. High school start and dismissal times (7:25 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) will remain unchanged.
Katy ISD’s Transportation Department is in the process of establishing routes and pairing elementary schools to determine which campuses will be included in Elementary Group 1 and Elementary Group 2. Information on the start and end times for each elementary campus will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting on April 23, 2018. In the meantime, please take a moment to review our Transportation Questions and Answers. This Q & A will be updated as additional questions are brought to our attention.
We greatly appreciate the guidance of our parents and community as the 2018-19 model was developed over these past few months. This model will allow the District to provide the same level of service to families in 2018-19 while enabling us to utilize our drivers more efficiently, as well as address safety concerns in areas of the District that are becoming increasingly congested.