Katy ISD adds new safety requirements

Bethke Elementary School and every other Katy ISD school will have enhanced security measures when students return to class this month. – Covering Katy photo

KATY (Covering Katy News) – The Katy Independent School District is implementing several additional campus safety and security measures this school year. They include the following:

  • Parent and Visitor Identification (ID) Requirement:  All parents and visitors must now present a valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all Katy ISD campuses prior to gaining admittance. Each campus is equipped with a controlled access system that includes a camera and an intercom that parents and visitors will need to utilize when presenting their ID for entrance. To gain further access beyond the campus front lobby, individuals will again be required to present their ID to the front desk receptionist in order to be officially logged into the visitor tracking system.
  • Student Identification (ID) Badge Requirement: Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on District property. Students in grades PK-5 will continue utilizing their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day, when practical. At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Campus Door Unlock Times:  Controlled access systems on campuses will now unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning. The standard door unlock times for main entrance doors are:

Elementary Group 1                                       7:35 a.m.

Elementary Group 2                                       7:55 a.m.

Junior High                                                     8:10 a.m.

High School                                                    6:45 a.m.

Students who are dropped off before the doors are unlocked will not be able to enter the building unless they are there for an official school activity or other exception.

“As always, one of Katy ISD’s top priorities is the safety, security, and well-being of every student, staff, parent and community member who uses or visits our facilities,” said a statement from the district.

There will also be new rules at the Merrell Center, the stadiums, the Agricultural Sciences Center and the Rodeo.

  • Clear Bag Regulation:  To ensure visitor safety, along with quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a Clear Bag Regulation. This will limit the size and type of bag allowed at sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

These enhancements are in addition to Katy ISD’s existing multi-layered safety and security measures already in place across the District.  By working together, we can help create safer and more secure learning environments throughout our schools and community.  Your assistance and support in these efforts is greatly appreciated.

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