coronavirus

Trustees Adopt Return to School Plan

Greg Schulte (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday adopted a return to school plan that officials described as a “customized” approach that enables a campus-by-campus approach to dealing with coronavirus cases. However, the plan does not mandate the use of facemasks. Greg Schulte, school board president, said this is in keeping with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott’s order restricts local entities from issuing mask mandates. But Harris County […]

Pandemic Forces Postponement of Katy Rodeo; Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show Still Scheduled

By George Slaughter Katy Rodeo officials have postponed the rodeo and carnival, set for February 18-20, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade, set for February 20, has also been postponed. Meanwhile, the Katy ISD Livestock Show, set for February 16-19, along with the Live Auction and Barn Sale, set for February 20 at the district’s Agricultural Sciences Facility, 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Rd., remain on schedule. The Katy Rodeo and the Katy ISD […]

Houston Methodist to Receive $10.6M Federal Reimbursement for Early Coronavirus Emergency Protective Measures

Houston Methodist Hospital will receive $10,645,501.85 in federal funds for Emergency Protective Measures during the coronavirus pandemic from February through April.  The funding comes through the Robert T. Stafford Act, which grants authority for the federal government to assist in local disaster aid efforts. “Health care workers in Houston have gone above and beyond in protecting Texans from the coronavirus from the very start, and I’m thankful the federal government recognizes their hard work,” said Sen. […]

An Elite Club: Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Recipients Will Lead the Way

by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Uncertainty and weighty decisions plague the near future.  Texans are hurting from the coronavirus and the pandemic’s many consequences.  But – let’s have hope – I’m here to tell you our future is bright. This time of year I’m reminded of how smart, driven, and compassionate the next generation of young Texans are.  Our future leaders are making a real difference in the world – and they’re starting by […]

Cinco Ranch-Seven Lakes Football Game Postponed to December 4

By George Slaughter The coronavirus pandemic has compelled the postponement of the Cinco Ranch-Seven Lakes football game. The game is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 4, at Legacy Stadium. As of Thursday, Cinco Ranch had 12 active student cases, and one active staff case, according to the Katy Independent School District. Seven Lakes has 15 active student cases, and three active staff cases. Cinco Ranch has an enrollment of 3,439 students. Seven Lakes […]

Olson Legislation Included in COVID-19 Relief to Help Businesses Train Employees on Best Practices to Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus

Rep. Pete Olson

Today, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) cosponsored the House Republicans’ newly-introduced bill, H.R. 14, the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act. This bill is made up of more than 50 bipartisan bills from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Ways and Means Committee and Appropriations Committee that will strengthen critical health care supply chains, ensure all Americans — especially our seniors — are able to get the care they need and prepares the […]

Seven Lakes High School Closes Temporarily Due to Coronavirus Cases

By George Slaughter Seven Lakes High School, 9251 S. Fry, will close temporarily, beginning Friday, to comply with a Fort Bend County Health and Human Service Department Corrective Action Advisement. According to the Katy ISD Case Dashboard, the school has 43 active student cases, two active staff cases, and two active auxiliary staff cases. This is the highest total of the Katy Independent School District high schools. Students signed up for in-person learning will be […]

Gregorski Shares Information on School Reopenings

By George Slaughter Parents in the Katy Independent School District have been asking questions and expressing concerns about how the district plans to reopen schools on August 19 with the coronavirus pandemic still raging. Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski provided an overview of what people could expect. Families can choose whether students return to school online only, or in-person. Students planning to take online instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy—the district’s online program—must register […]

City Will Enforce Face Covering Violation Order, But Not Fine Violators

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will not fine those violating a Harris County-wide order, made effective Monday, that requires the wearing of face coverings in Katy city facilities. Despite not issuing fines for violations, the city said in a news release that all city facilities will require face coverings for all city employees and visitors to city buildings. This requirement is keeping with the order, issued Friday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, […]

Katy Mills Mall to Close in Response to COVID-19 Concerns

By George Slaughter Katy Mills Mall will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed through March 29 in response to the national COVID-19 pandemic, the mall’s owner said. “The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers, and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Simon Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President David Simon said in a statement. Simon, based in […]