Katy ISD superintendent addresses community efforts during COVID-19 at State of the District speech

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a state of the district update early Oct. 23. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a state of the district update early Oct. 23. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a state of the district update early Oct. 23. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a State of the District update early Oct. 23.

Over 500 individuals tuned in to hear Gregorski's 15-minute speech highlighting the accomplishments of staff, administrators and students in the district throughout the year and COVID-19.

"The public health crisis we find ourselves engulfed in today certainly created a unique and challenging end to our 2019-2020 school year, but there were also successful and inspiring stories."

Gregorski mentioned the swift transition employees made to offer virtual classes to 84,000 students.

The nutrition and food service staff prepared over 1.1 million meals to distribute to students across the district.


Gregorski also mentioned the efforts put into creating a memorable ceremony for graduating seniors.

KISD has implemented a self-reporting app that allows students to report positive COVID-19 results that trigger the local emergency management team to start contact tracing and notify anyone who may have been directly exposed.

The community dashboard is updating the number of active cases across the district to help parents and staff about schooling and work.

Lastly, there is an on-site COVID-19 testing facility for employees and their dependents who are insured with the district. Flu and strep tests will also be available.

"We have great confidence in our districtwide safety plans," Gregorski said. "Children who feel safe are children who are prepared to learn and grow. ... Our district is growing leaders."
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.


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