Katy, Royal ISDs to continue to require masks in accordance with CDC and TEA recommendations

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 3/9/21

Katy and Royal independent school districts have both announced that they will continue to require masks on campuses based on advice from the Texas Education Agency and a choice to be actively …

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Katy, Royal ISDs to continue to require masks in accordance with CDC and TEA recommendations

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Katy and Royal independent school districts have both announced that they will continue to require masks on campuses based on advice from the Texas Education Agency and a choice to be actively cautious. in regard to students' health. according to statements from spokespersons. 

As Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-34) takes effect this Wednesday, March 10, Katy Independent School District will continue in compliance with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) public school COVID-19 safety guidance which includes the wearing of facial coverings while on school property, social distancing when possible, frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. 

“At this time, I recommend that the Katy ISD Smart Restart safety protocols remain in effect across Katy ISD facilities until the end of the school year,” said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Schools at Katy ISD.  “The safety protocols have allowed our teachers and staff to successfully keep our classrooms and schools open while mitigating the spread of the virus,” added Gregorski.

The decision was based on TEA’s guidance, the consultation with local health officials as well as the following considerations:

  • The number of active COVID-19 positive cases across the District and in our surrounding communities.
  • Teacher and staffs’ stated vulnerability and desire for continued protection again the virus, and
  • The UIL, the governing body of school fine arts and athletic activities, requirement for district to maintain a plan to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 during practices and events.

The District’s Phase 2 Safety Protocols, which went into effect on Monday, March 1 will remain in effect.  They include the practices set forth by TEA, as well as incorporates volunteers returning to campuses, and resumes large events/activities and outside usage of Katy ISD facilities.  The District’s Phase 2 safety protocols can be found in the Katy ISD Mitigation Plan

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