Katy ISD Parents: Free Online Tools Check Cafeteria Balance, Grades, Homework


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

AUGUST 15, 2019

By Anne Lee and Jennifer Miko

Cafeteria balance, field trip payments, text books, homework, grades, and more - Katy ISD offers many tech tools for parents and students to access important information throughout the school year. Katy Magazine has highlighted some of the most common apps and sites used in Katy ISD schools by students and parents. Here's what you need to know.

These free and user-friendly online services show grades, homework assignments, online textbooks, and other vital information about your Katy ISD student. The new online web store offers an efficient way to make and track payments for your child's meals and activities. Here's where to start:

A+ PAY N' GO

This online web store provides a quick and convenient way to pay student course fees, make meal payments and process other activity fees, all free of charge.

To begin, follow the link here, or go to www.katyisd.org, or any campus' homepage, and click the A+ Pay N' Go icon, to create an account and begin making transactions on the web store.

What You Need to Pay Fees Online with A+ Pay N' Go

  • A valid email address

  • A password, which you will create during your first purchase

  • A Discover, MasterCard or Visa-issued credit card, debit card or e-check

No Transaction Fees Charged for the Following:

  • Cafeteria Payments

  • Student Course Fees

  • Athletic Fees

  • District Transfer Fees

  • Retiree Billing Premiums

  • Instrument Usage Fees (Charms)

HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC)

The Home Access Center (HAC) provides an online grade book where Katy parents and guardians can view helpful student information to support and guide their children through the educational process. From anywhere and at anytime, parents can access the web portal to track academic achievement. E-mail links are also available throughout the portal so parents can communicate with the school and teachers.

Major Features of HAC

  • Provides parents and students with a daily summary page of student information

  • Features schedule and attendance, class work, test scores and course requests

  • Allows students to view their own records in the system to help keep them informed about their progress

  • Engages parents via an internet parental portal, connecting them with the classroom and provides them with relevant and timely information to support/direct their children

  • Helps open a consistent avenue of parent-teacher communication

  • Creates stronger connections between students, parents, teachers and administrators

  • Empowers students to actively take a role in their progress and future

CANVAS

Canvas connects all the digital tools teachers and students use and hosts them in one easy place to simplify teaching and learning​. Canvas provides a learning management system that integrates with the student information system allowing students and teachers to stay connected anytime, anywhere, with any device.

Benefits to Students

  • View upcoming assignments and access worksheets that were handed out in class

  • Submit digital assignments

  • Watch video lessons and share subject matter modules (great tool for parents trying to help with homework assignments)

  • Access information in a modular format to make accessing course activities and information easily

  • Integrates with many other tools so that students access them through Canvas

  • Collaborate with their teachers and peers on discussions

How Do Parents Use Canvas? (Note: not all courses/teachers use all features.)

  • View the course syllabus

  • View prompts but not participate in discussions

  • View but not submit assignments

  • Preview and download some files

  • View the modules page

  • View the calendar

  • Communicate with the teacher

KATY OnTheGo - Mobile App

Download this Katy ISD app to view your child's grades,

assignments, attendance record and cafeteria balance.

Grades and assignments are pulled from the Home Access Center (HAC) so you will need to enter your HAC login ID and password. If you don't know your HAC information, contact the campus registrar at your child’s school.

For help logging into the Katy OnTheGo app, email KatyOnTheGo@katyisd.org.

For how-to videos follow this link.

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