KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 4, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy ISD students start their seventh week in virtual learning due to the coronavirus in-person school closures. The District has released important information including final grades, graduation/prom details, summer school, athletic camps, and more.
Katy Students, Teachers Start 7th Week of Virtual Learning
May marks the last few weeks of the 2019-20 school year. Teachers and students are starting their seventh week of virtual learning. With the coronavirus canceling traditional school, shifting students and teachers into online learning, many details needed to be addressed and reworked.
Katy ISD released information on a variety of important topics. Today, (May 4) updated senior GPAs and class rank will be released via Home Access Center.
Of the information released, perhaps the most anticipated is the confirmation of high school graduation ceremonies and proms.
Katy ISD Graduation Schedule
June 20 (Backup- July 11)
Mayde Creek High School- 9am
Cinco Ranch High School- 2pm
Seven Lakes High School- 7pm
June 21 (Backup- July 12)
Morton Ranch High School-2pm
Tompkins High School- 7pm
June 23 (Backup July 14)
Paetow High School- 7pm
June 24 (Backup July 15)
Katy High School- 7pm
June 25 (Backup July 16)
Taylor High School- 7pm
June 26 (Backup July 17)
Raines High School- 2pm
Before seniors will walk, they will get the chance to dance at their rescheduled proms. All proms will be held at the Merrill Center and there will be no charge for dance tickets for students or their guests.
Mayde Creek High School
Cinco Ranch High School
Seven Lakes High School
Morton Ranch High School
Tompkins High School
Paetow High School
Katy High School
Taylor High School
All of these dates and plans are still subject to change based on any future official orders.
The district anticipates that all senior graduation items will be ready for distribution sometime between May 11-May 22. More information will be sent out by each home campus and the pickup will be similar to the “Grab and Go” meal pickup.
Students with questions regarding senior activities can email Classof2020@KatyISD.org.
Concerns About Schools Opening in the Fall
While the senior class of 2020 celebrates their final year amidst the national pandemic crisis, many Katy ISD families look to the future and what the next school year will look like.
Currently, no guidelines or procedures regarding the start of the 2020-21 school year have been announced. Houston-area school districts are reportedly meeting to discuss potential contingency plans. Not knowing for sure what the virus will be like this fall makes planning for school very difficult.
Some are school districts have discussed the idea of varying school hours to lessen the given population at the schools. Katy ISD has not confirmed whether these plans are being discussed here.
“Katy ISD has not made an official announcement regarding any changes for the 2020-21 academic year. As soon as updated information is available, the District will inform our media partners,” says Maria DiPetta – Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia with Katy ISD.
“Due to circumstances beyond Katy ISD’s control with COVID-19 concerns, the District will be providing online instruction to students, rather than face-to-face classes,” says DiPetta.
For more information and to enroll visit the website.
The District is accepting transcript requests. Contact your campus’ registrar for questions and to request a transcript. Requested transcripts are being mailed out each Tuesday and will do so through August.
School campuses will start an end-of-year pick-up/drop-off procedure next week (the week of May 11). This will allow students to pick up any items left in the classroom, turn in library books, etc. This process will look like the District’s “Grab and Go” meals. Details will be shared via your home campus.
Athletics Look to the Future
“The Katy ISD Athletic Department has begun preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. As of now, summer 2020 athletic camps remain on schedule, including strength and conditioning camps (SAC,)” states Katy ISD.
The District says any changes will be made as soon as possible and communicated with the families.
Fall program information has not been shared but the District will continue to release information as it becomes available.
Teacher Appreciation Week
District Encourages Students to Honor Teachers
This week is “Teacher Appreciation Week.” If students had been in their schools, they would have been celebrating and honoring their teachers. Katy ISD is encouraging students to still honor this week.
Learn more about these important Katy ISD school updates and more here.
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