Katy/Royal ISDs to be fully virtual for students Monday, Feb. 22

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 2/21/21

Katy ISD and neighboring Royal ISD have both announced changes to their Monday, Feb. 22 schedules. The announcements come as both districts work to assess and repair campuses after Winter Storm Uri …

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Katy/Royal ISDs to be fully virtual for students Monday, Feb. 22

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Katy ISD and neighboring Royal ISD have both announced changes to their Monday, Feb. 22 schedules. The announcements come as both districts work to assess and repair campuses after Winter Storm Uri brought sub-freezing temperatures to the region.

“As of today, the cities of Katy and Houston have lifted their boil water notices,” said KISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski in a statement posted to the district’s website. “We hope to learn more from other municipalities regarding additional water advisories by early tomorrow and will provide updates following physical assessments of our campuses in the morning. However, at this time, less than 10 campuses remain under water advisories, and it is expected that we will be able to reopen our schools to students on Tuesday.”

KISD staff are working to identify any possible damages to campuses. While staff and faculty may be required to go to campus to work and utilize campus tools to assist students virtually, bottled water will be provided to ensure staff can get a drink. Staff should check their district email to verify if they should report to campuses. Student attendance is not mandated, but those students who are able are encouraged to log into the district’s online learning platforms and catch up or complete assignments are encouraged to do so, according to an online statement from Gregorski.

RISD also announced a virtual school day for Monday, Feb. 22, and said more information would be forthcoming regarding the district’s plan to reopen.

“Royal ISD students will switch to virtual learning on Monday, February 22 as our team continues to assess and repair our campuses. All Royal employees will work from home on Monday, February 22,” said RISD District Communications and Marketing Coordinator Christi Ginn in an email announcement Sunday morning.

KISD will still offer curbside meal service Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Katy High School, Tompkins High School, Morton Ranch High School, Cinco Ranch High School and Mayde Creek High School.

KISD is also still offering free COVID-19 testing for students, however, Gregorski said the testing location has temporarily been moved to the Merrell Center at 6301 S. Stadium Lane from Feb. 22-26 due to preparations for the Future Farmers of America Livestock Show at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

“I will continue to advise our families and staff of any changes or updates to district plans as we learn more from our local municipalities,” Gregorski said. “As always, thank you for your patience and support.”

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