Academic Calendar FAQs

  • The development of the Sherman ISD academic calendar is a collaborative process managed by the Assistant Superintendent of Student Engagement & Support. The district calendar committee, comprised of members who served on the District Improvement Committee as well as district PTA presidents, Sherman ISD teachers, staff, parents and community members, provides valuable input and suggestions to develop the calendar before approval by the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees. Our district is providing an FAQ to provide clarity on important calendar dates and answer frequently asked questions regarding the academic calendar.

    How do I provide input on the proposed 2019-2020 academic calendar?
    Click here to take the survey for the proposed 2019-2020 academic calendar.

    When is the first and last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year?
    The first day of school for students will be August 14, 2019, and the last day of school for students is May 21, 2020.

    What are the school start/end times?
    School starts at 7:50 am and ends at 3:15 pm on all Sherman ISD campuses.

    How many instructional days are required in the academic calendar?
    Sherman ISD must operate so that it provides 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recesses for students. That equates to 174 instruction days for students.

    What happens on early release days?
    Early release days provide many benefits to our districts. The days allow for teachers to input grades, finalize final exams or semesters grades, and allow teaching colleagues to work together toward a common goal that’s important to their particular subject or campus.

    Why is there a comp professional development day on October 14?
    During the calendar committee meetings, it was determined that teachers and staff were in favor of including a fall break for students. The committee also concluded that day would provide our educators with a small break and the opportunity for families to participate in the state fair of Texas.

    Why is there a parent-teacher conference day on October 15?
    The Sherman ISD Calendar committee suggested a full day for parent-teacher conferences to allow for parent-teacher partnerships to enhance student learning and overall success.  It is essential for parents to meet with teachers after the first reporting period and we have conveniently built this time into our academic schedule to allow families to meet with teachers to discuss educational needs. This will be a non-instructional day for students and will enable teachers to conduct face to face parent-teachers conferences.  Specific details regarding this day’s schedule will come directly from your child’s campus.

    What is the purpose of staff development days?
    The purpose of staff development days is to strengthen educators’ performance levels so that they can enhance their performance and raise student achievement.

    Do bad weather days affect the calendar?
    Our current calendar has a minimum of two days banked for bad weather. In the event there are more days needed, Sherman ISD will adjust the calendar to allow for additional inclement weather days as needed. Any change to the finalized academic calendar will be communicated from the district level to all campuses promptly.

    Can Sherman ISD change or update the academic calendar after its approval or start of the school year?
    Sherman ISD can update or change the academic calendar at anytime to adhere to any academic calendar changes made by the Texas Education Agency. The district also has the option to add minutes to days remaining in the school year to make up for an unplanned event that may cause school to close during the school year.

    When will the SHS high school graduations be held?
    The Sherman High School graduation is May 23, 2020.

    If there are any changes to the academic calendar, how will I be notified?
    The district's academic calendar page always contains the most recent information regarding the academic calendar. The Sherman ISD Communications Department will also share updated information via Blackboard Messenger, the district website, Facebook, and Twitter.