Katy ISD's Anonymous Reporting App Operates Year-Round Protecting Katy Students


May 24, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

It is the last week of school for Katy ISD but the District continues to work behind the scenes to ensure the safety of Katy students through their now, well established SpeakUp app. The app functions year-round and allows students, parents, staff, and community members to anonymously report tips or dangerous situations to the District.

Second Year Shows a More Established App

Katy ISD’s SpeakUpp app rolled out during the 2019-2020 academic school year. In its second year, the app has proven its effectiveness and shown to be more established and widely used throughout the District.

'Reliable Space to Share Concerns'

“The SpeakUp app has created a safe and reliable space for students and patrons to share their concerns with Katy ISD campus and District staff,” Ted Vierling, Chief of Operation at Katy ISD. “The District has developed systems that allow for better response time, and our efforts at helping students are far-reaching, utilizing both campus and District resources.”

The app allows students, parents, staff, and community members to report anonymously any tips or dangerous situations that could pose a threat to Katy students and campuses. This real-time information allows Katy ISD to respond faster and more efficiently.

“Tips are submitted to the school where the reported incident may have occurred, or to the District’s Crisis Intervention group or police department when the information is either not reported to a particular school, or requires investigation or further assistance from those teams.”

Vierling stresses that all tips submitted will continue to be monitored during summer break. Even as the bulk of classes come to an end this week, Katy ISD still will continue to host summer school, camps and sporting events. Students and staff will remain active on Katy campuses throughout the summer.

Top 3 Categories Reported in Katy ISD:

When reporting a tip on the SpeakUpp app there are variety of topics to select from. Katy ISD continues to see an overwhelming use of three top categories.

1. Bullying

2. Drug Use

3. Vaping