Katy ISD superintendent reaffirms in-person, virtual instruction choice for fall 2020 in July 20 letter

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Katy ISD will continue with its reopening plan that allows a choice for online or in-person instruction. (Courtesy Pexels)

Katy ISD will continue with its reopening plan that allows a choice for online or in-person instruction. (Courtesy Pexels)

Katy ISD will still allow parents to choose whether their children should learn in person or virtually for the 2020-21 fall semester, according to a July 20 letter from the Katy ISD superintendent.

This letter comes after the Texas Education Agency announced July 17 districts can suspend in-person instruction at least eight weeks at the start of the school year and after Harris County urged districts July 20 to provide remote instruction for pre-K through 12th grade students until at least October.

In the July 20 letter, KISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski said the district will continue with its reopening plan that allows a choice for online or in-person instruction and follows the approved academic calendar. KISD published a webpage with details on its reopening plan July 13.

“Should there be a future need for a temporary delay of in-person instruction, teaching and learning would be delivered primarily through virtual learning,” Gregorski said in the letter. “However, as of today, both instructional options remain available to our families.”

The first day of school in KISD is Aug. 19. Parents and guardians who choose to have their children educated virtually must fill out a form by Aug. 5 for the Katy Virtual Academy. That form is available online.


Parents and guardians who choose to have their children educated in person do not need to complete a form.

"I understand that our Katy ISD community is anxious to know the plans for the reopening of our schools," Gregorski said in the letter. "Your continued patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. ... Should any change in our reopening plans be decided, I will update our community as quickly as possible."

By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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