Katy ISD prepares for first day of school Aug. 19

The district has distributed thousands of technology devices and will provide curbside grab-and-go meals for all Katy ISD students from Aug. 19-Sept. 4. (Courtesy Katy ISD)
The district has distributed thousands of technology devices and will provide curbside grab-and-go meals for all Katy ISD students from Aug. 19-Sept. 4. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

The district has distributed thousands of technology devices and will provide curbside grab-and-go meals for all Katy ISD students from Aug. 19-Sept. 4. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

Katy ISD students will begin the 2020-21 school year virtually, Aug. 19. To equip students for online learning, the district worked Aug. 17-18 to distribute thousands of technology tools, such as Chromebooks, laptops, iPads and internet hot spots, according to an Aug. 17 press release from the district.

“No child will be left offline," Director of Instructional Technology Darlene Rankin said in the release. "Our goal is to ensure our students have access to technology in order to learn virtually. Prior to the pandemic, the district was already transitioning to equipping our campuses and their libraries with technology devices for digital learning. Those devices, along with new purchases, are now being provided to students who have a technology need in their home.”

As of Aug. 17, the district had received over 25,000 device requests from families, according to the release. When campuses closed in March due to coronavirus, KISD distributed over 12,000 devices. The district's technology department will offer free and reduced internet options as well as technology support and orientations for parents throughout the school year.

In addition to technology, KISD is providing curbside grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to all students beginning the first day of school Aug. 19 through Sept. 4 at 23 distribution sites from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., according to an Aug. 18 press release.

“For the 2020-21 school year, the program will look a little different from the summer meal distribution,” said Donna Pittenger, executive director of nutrition and food service, in the release. “Even though students are learning virtually, it is the district’s goal to ensure that they are eating a nutritious meal and staying healthy.”


Students can pick up their meals at the distribution site that is the most convenient and will be charged according to their eligibility. A full-price breakfast will be $1.25, while full-price elementary and secondary lunches will be $2.25 and $2.75, respectively. Students who qualify for reduced lunch prices will see $0.30 deducted from their breakfast costs and $0.40 deducted from their lunch costs.

All KISD students will engage in virtual learning for the first three weeks of the 2020-21 school year, and nearly 43,000 students will remain in virtual instruction starting Sept. 8 through the Katy Virtual Academy.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.