Katy ISD letter seeks to reassure parents of school safety following Uvalde shooting

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 6/16/22

Katy Independent School District officials are reassuring parents that district schools have emergency response plans following the May 24 mass shooting in Uvalde.

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Katy ISD letter seeks to reassure parents of school safety following Uvalde shooting

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Katy Independent School District officials are reassuring parents that district schools have emergency response plans following the May 24 mass shooting in Uvalde.

In a letter to district parents and staff, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said those plans are constantly being reviewed and updated. However, the letter did not go into more specifics on those plans, for concerns of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

“Our safety and crisis teams constantly work alongside partner law enforcement and mental health agencies to ensure we are consistent evaluating and implementing measures to minimize the risk associated with these kinds of tragedies,” Gregorski wrote.

If a situation were to occur, parents are asked to contact the district before trying to contact their student or students directly. A district spokesperson said the district has the tools to contact the parents immediately in such cases.

In such situations, parents are also asked not to report to that particular campus until it is safe to do so. In an active situation, authorities and first responders need immediate access to the campus and the extra traffic would slow their response. Also, students might be asked to assemble in a location different from where their parents are used to picking them up after school. If students had to assemble elsewhere, the district would make such an announcement.

Gregorski said local law enforcement has told the district that there were no existing threats to district schools or facilities. However, the district worked to ensure a greater presence during high-attendance, end-of-school activities such as graduations.

“As we always say, staff, parents, students and community play an important role in keeping our schools safe by reporting potential threats or safety concerns,” Gregorski wrote.

Gregorski wrote that he knew so many in the district were devastated by the shootings in Uvalde.

“Schools are supposed to be safe places for learning and growing,” Gregorski wrote.

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