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Five things to do over the winter break

2013 December 19
by HISD Communications

HISD schools and offices will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, through Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, but here’s a list of five things employees can do over the winter break to make sure they start 2014 off on the right foot:

  • Get immunizedWhooping cough, measles, and other highly contagious diseases are making a comeback due to misconceptions about vaccines, so if your boosters are out of date, make an appointment today to see your doctor. And, don’t forget, the district’s Health & Wellness Centers will also be open on selected days during the break.
  • Save the planet—If you celebrate Christmas with a live tree, don’t just throw it away after the festivities are over. Drop it off at one of the many designated tree recycling sites around Houston and other metro areas and let it continue to nourish the earth this winter as mulch.
  • Clean out your closets—Many retailers have great sales after Christmas on everything from down jackets and fleece pullovers to scarves and mittens, so check your closet to make sure everything still fits. Pass along your gently used items to needy families through local charities so they can stay warm, too.
  • Enjoy a Rockets game—HISD’s longtime community partner, the Houston Rockets, will be hosting HISD Appreciation Nights on Monday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Details are here.
  • Start thinking about 2014-2015—If you’re planning to retire or resign from HISD at the end of this school year, let the district know by Jan. 22 and you could receive a one-time incentive of up to $5,000, depending on your years of service. Details are here.

Wishing all of our readers a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful 2014! See you next year!

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