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Katy ISD Board of Trustees approves virtual learning for grades K-6

District officials said parents can begin the online application process Wednesday at 10 a.m.

KATY, Texas — Katy ISD approved a Katy Virtual Academy online learning program for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The announcement came after it was approved at the district’s special board meeting Tuesday night.

Editor's Note: The video above is from a report earlier Tuesday on Katy ISD's decision to still have masks remain as optional.

District officials said parents can begin the online application process Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. and must apply by midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 17 to enroll in the virtual instructional model.

Online instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy will officially begin on Monday, Aug. 30, and extend through Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

The district said the program is being made available for parents of those students who may wish to immunize their child against COVID but do not currently have the option to do so due to minimum age requirements tied to the current iteration of the vaccine.

Additional information regarding the instructional model can be found on the Katy Virtual Academy K-6 webpage that will open Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

These items were also approved during the special board meeting:

  • COVID-19 paid leave for employees – The board approved 10 additional days of paid leave for employees who are documented COVID-19 positive and require mandatory quarantining. These days are in addition to employees’ existing leave bank.
  • Employee and student COVID-19 testing site – The board approved expanding the employee testing site to include Katy ISD students.
  • Intermittent School to Home learning model - The board approved providing students who are required to isolate due to COVID-19, or any other medical condition, a learning option where they can access their assignments through the Katy ISD Learning Management System (Canvas) to stay current on classroom assignments. Intermittent School to Home is not a virtual program, such as KVA, and students cannot exceed a total of 20 cumulative days.

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