The Houston Independent School District Board of Education approved the proposed 2022-2023 academic calendar that adds an additional spring holiday in April and moves the last day of the first semester to before Winter Break.
The calendar consists of a one-week Thanksgiving Break, two-week Winter Break, and one-week Spring Break. Students and staff will be off on Labor Day, MLK Day, Chavez-Huerta Day, and Memorial Day. HISD will also observe a Fall Holiday on Oct. 5 and two Spring Holidays on April 7 and April 21.
Trustees approved a grant from the Texas Education Agency to support high quality afterschool programming. The $882,500 comes from Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds that will be utilized to accelerate student learning in the wake of COVID-19. The dollars provide supports in three areas: personnel for high quality afterschool, technical assistance for afterschool design and implementation, and high impact tutoring in afterschool programs.
Trustees approved an in-kind donation from the U.S. Soccer Foundation valued at $100,000 to M.C. Williams MS. The donation is through the foundation’s It’s Everyone’s Game and Safe Places to Play programs. The supplies and materials will include one mini-pitch system structure including a pole for LED lighting, game walls, built-in goals, storage, seating, polycarbonate sign boards, ADA-accessible gates, an acrylic mini-pitch surface with game lines and agreed-upon colors and school logos.
The board also approved in-kind donations from Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. The church will provide supplies valued at $30,000 each to Blackshear ES, Cullen MS, Lawson MS, and Yates HS. The purpose of the donation is to stock each school’s resource room to assist students in need. Donated supplies include clothing, toiletries, and Metro cards.