'Secured mode status' canceled at 2 Katy elementary schools

- As deputies conducted a search for a man who escaped from custody in northwest Harris County, two Katy Independent School District campuses were placed in a 'secured mode status,' but that has since been lifted. The man was initially arrested on High Plains Drive near South Sabinal Drive.

Stephens Elementary School and Franz Elementary School were placed on secured mode status during the search.

The following message was sent to parents, guardians and staff at both campuses:

This message is to inform you that at approximately 10:30 a.m. today Stephens Elementary was placed on secured mode status while Harris County Sheriff's Office search for a suspect in the area.

Please know all students and staff are safe inside the building, and classroom instruction continues.  We did this as it is our standard operating procedure to secure the campus whenever we are informed of these types of incidents.

We will update you as soon as we have more information.

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