Katy ISD cancels 2020 proms; board to discuss graduation plan at May 26 meeting

Katy ISD will not host senior proms in June. (Courtesy Pexels)
Katy ISD will not host senior proms in June. (Courtesy Pexels)

Katy ISD will not host senior proms in June. (Courtesy Pexels)

In a May 20 letter, Katy ISD announced that it has canceled all senior proms.

This decision was based on social distance guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic issued by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency, the letter states.

“Based on those guidelines, large indoor assemblies and gatherings will not be permissible during the month of June,” the letter reads. “Thus, we regret to inform that all senior proms have been canceled.”

In April, the district hoped to postpone proms to June 10-18 at the Leonard Merrell Center.

Meanwhile, the district’s plan for graduation will be discussed at the the next board meeting set for May 26, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said May 18 in a webinar hosted by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce.


“I know that's on a lot of people's minds, and we'll have a good discussion about that,” he said. “Graduations right now, you can do virtual, and you can do in-person in an outdoor type stadium or outdoor venue. But in-person graduations as we've had them before simply aren't on the on the table right now.”

Per the May 20 letter, the following June dates are still secured for graduation ceremonies:

  • June 20: Mayde Creek High School, 9 a.m.; Cinco Ranch High School, 2 p.m.; Seven Lakes High School, 7 p.m.

  • June 21: Morton Ranch High School, 2 p.m.; Tompkins High School, 7 p.m.

  • June 23: Paetow High School, 7 p.m.

  • June 24: Katy High School, 7 p.m.

  • June 25: Taylor High School, 7 p.m.

  • June 26: Simon Youth Academy, 10 a.m.; Raines High School, 2 p.m.


The district also set backup July graduation dates:


  • July 11: Mayde Creek High School, 9 a.m.; Cinco Ranch High School, 2 p.m.; Seven Lakes High School, 7 p.m.

  • July 12: Morton Ranch High School, 2 p.m.; Tompkins High School, 7 p.m.

  • July 14: Paetow High School, 7 p.m.

  • July 15: Katy High School, 7 p.m.

  • July 16: Taylor High School, 7 p.m.

  • July 17: Simon Youth Academy, 10 a.m.; Raines High School, 2 p.m.

By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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