The Texas Education Agency released guidelines May 7 for school districts on how to combat the issues related to the campus closures, but Katy ISD has not released its official plans on how it will handle the 2020-21 school year just yet.
Details are forthcoming, district administration confirmed May 12. KISD does anticipate in-person classroom instruction for the upcoming school year, district administration said in a May 4 email interview.
At a virtual meeting held by Fort Bend County with other school district superintendents, KISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski requested patience from the community as the district navigates the operational challenges it faces during the pandemic.
When asked how the district will help students who may be behind on their schoolwork this fall for the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Ken Gregorski replied in a May 4 email that optional enrichment activities will be available over the summer for students to participate in. The district is planning to host summer school online, too.
Gregroski noted that the district remains focused on end-of-year coursework to help students prepare for the upcoming fall semester. Until the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year KISD teachers will continue to follow their curriculum plans to ensure students know Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards.
“There are certain building blocks being taught through our virtual learning program that will enable students to continue to master content and skills while preparing them to build upon that knowledge come the fall semester,” Gregorski said.
Additionally, because the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, tests were waived for the 2019-20 school year and final exams were canceled, teachers have additional classroom time to devote to student learning, said Maria Dipetta, KISD media relations and multimedia manager, in the May 4 email interview.
“Every year, the district spends weeks focusing on preparing students for this standardized test as well as secondary finals,” she said. “We’re finding that teachers are now using that time for online teaching and learning.”