Katy Edition - May 2020

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KISD2020bond referendumon hold

KISD lends 12,000 technology devices

To pass out the 12,000 devices, the instructional technology depart- ment created an efficient pickup system with help from librarians and safety officers, she said. As of press time, the district is working on a process for students to return devices for the summer. However, students who are enrolled in summer school can extend their check-out.

BY JEN PARA

KATY ISDHIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS WITHOUT A 2020 BOND Katy High School Paetow High School

The 2020 Katy ISD community bond advisory committee was scheduled to begin meeting April 7 to discuss whether a need exists for a new district bond referendum. However, these meetings have since been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an emailed statement fromMaria DiPetta, KISD’s media relations and multimedia manager. No plans have been made to reschedule the meetings or hold them virtually, per the statement. Without these meetings, the KISD 2020 bond program cannot move forward. “Before this unprecedented time, Katy ISD had only just formed a Community Bond Advisory Commit- tee,” the emailed statement reads. “Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel the CBAC meetings. Therefore, the Bond cannot move forward with the recommendation of the committee. We have not rescheduled these

BY JEN PARA

Darlene Rankin, Katy ISD director of instructional technology, said she is not surprised the district has distributed about 12,000 Chrome- books, iPads and Wi-Fi hot spots to students to help them access their online classes while campuses are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “There are so many family members at home from work and from school,” she said. Parents need a laptop or tablet device for work while students also need the device for school work, she explained. “People may have just one device or two devices at home ... and families [may have] three to five kids in their homes and all of them needing access.” KISD also prepared an additional 3,000 devices for teachers, Rankin said.

12,000 technology devices given out by Katy ISD to students for remote learning

SOURCE: KATY ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 2020 2024 2029

14% of students have a Katy ISD technology device at home.

meetings or decided to hold them virtually at this time.” The KISD board of trustees approved the formation of the 150-person committee and its charter in January. The district first announced it might propose a bond referendum in October to accom- modate the growth of the student population.

Types of devices include laptops, tablets and hot spots.

84,299 Total students enrolled in Katy ISD

SOURCE: KATY ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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