HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District will be closed Friday to allow students and staff time to join in the festivities and parade celebrating the Astros’ World Series championship, district officials confirmed.
“Our hometown heroes are World Series Champions for the first time in franchise history,” Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “This is a memorable moment for our city and a time to celebrate, especially after the challenges Houston has faced over the past several months.”
“This is the biggest day in a long time for Houston sports fans,” Board of Education President Wanda Adams said. “We are excited to celebrate with the team and the city, and we want to give our HISD family the opportunity to be a part of this special moment.”
In anticipation of the massive traffic issues expected as a result from the celebration, the closure will include all HISD schools, facilities, and administrative offices.
All athletic events scheduled for Friday evening will take place as scheduled. All field trips scheduled for Friday will be canceled. Students will not be required to make up the day.
Not taking away from the pride of the city, Fort Bend Independent School District students will also be celebrating, but from the classroom.
The district’s superintendent tweeted that they could not afford to lose a school day.
FBISD loves our World Champion Houston Astros-but after Harvey each school day counts. FBISD will run as usual on Friday.@FortBendISD
— Charles Dupre (@superdupre) November 2, 2017
Katy ISD will also be holding normal class schedules. The district released the following statement:
“Because Hurricane Harvey already impacted 10 days of instructional time, an additional school closure would further impact extra- and co-curricular activities. Therefore, Katy ISD will not be closing schools tomorrow.
However, campuses will have the option to show the parade during the school day, as we are all very excited for our Houston Astros and the community spirit their win has fueled.” — Katy ISD Communications