KatyISD Needs to Offer a Virtual Option to Kids Under 12 Until Vaccine is Available.

KatyISD Needs to Offer a Virtual Option to Kids Under 12 Until Vaccine is Available.

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Mask Up Katy ISD started this petition to Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski and

As of October 18th, All children in KatyISD will no longer have the safe return to school option of Virtual Learning. The KVA agreement the district made parents agree to when enrolling in virtual learning: "I understand and agree the KVA Grades K-6 online learning program will be offered through the first nine weeks of the fall semester. Students will return to in-person learning at their home campus on Monday, October 18 unless the authorization of a vaccination for students under the age of 12 is delayed past the scheduled return date to in-person learning".

The district is going back on their word to provide vaccine ineligible children with a safe learning environment. This is a direct violation of their Civil Right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education!

Dr. Gregorski specifically stated he needed State Funding, (in addition to the $79 Million in Federal Covid Relief Funds already granted) in order to continue the Virtual Learning Program. State funding was passed in Bill: SB 15, yet Dr. Gregorski and the Board of Trustees is still refusing to offer this program during a pandemic to vaccine ineligible children. This district still refuses to follow any CDC Guidelines in an effort to protect these children. 

Families deserve a choice regarding their children’s safety in the 2021-2022 school term. The CDC, AAP, local officials, and other health organizations have recommended that children under the age of 12 continue to wear masks in schools until vaccinations are available for that age group. KatyISD has stated that they would follow CDC recommendations for the upcoming school year. However Gov. Abbotts Executive order prohibiting schools from requiring masks will not allow for that possibility. This creates an urgent need for families of the under 12 group who need a safe option until their children become eligible for vaccination. The alternative option of KVA should be offered in place of masks, and other safety measures no longer offered by KISD. The KVA option could be eliminated once the children have had the opportunity to become FULLY vaccinated. The vaccine is projected to be released in early 2022 for the under 12 group. KISD Families want the “Return to normal operations” decision to be re-examined. $29 million in Federal Stimulus has been received by the district for this school year. These funds are to be used to provide additional resources so that schools can safely reopen.  Hand sanitizer will not be enough to keep the vaccine ineligible kids safe! The KISD Safety at a Glance opening line: “A safe learning environment for all students is the top priority of the Katy Independent School District.” Katy families want the district to make good on that promise. 

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