Health Services Update

  • Parent Update

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    Since August, our school district team has maintained a commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff while providing high-quality, in-person learning experiences for every child. 

    Over the past four weeks, we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our city and county, and we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our schools. Although the number of staff members and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 remains relatively low throughout the district, the number of staff who are required to quarantine due to close contact with a positive individual continues to rise. This increase at some schools has caused a tremendous strain on our ability to place teachers in each of their classrooms, and our district is faced with making some tough decisions at these campuses. As a result, some of our campuses will be transitioning to distance learning, while others will continue with in-person learning. 

    Sory Elementary will provide online instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 16, through Monday, November 30, 2020. Students will return to campus on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. On Friday, November 13, 2020, staff members will begin communicating with parents through phone calls or Classroom Dojo to ensure all students can connect virtually and are prepared to fully engage in distance learning on Monday, November 16, beginning at 10:00 am. Sory students will need to check-in online with their homeroom teachers on Friday for attendance and will not need to report to school for in-person learning. Because of the urgency of this situation, however, students whose parents cannot make alternate arrangements may attend school on Friday, and bus transportation will still be provided. Technology devices and hotspots will be available for pick up at the school on Friday, November 13, from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. Help with Google Classroom, Google Meets, or Google Apps for Education can be found on our Distance Learning website.  

    Dillingham Intermediate students do need to report to school for in-person learning tomorrow, Friday, November 13. Dillingham teachers will provide online instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 30, 2020. Students will return to campus on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Parents will receive an email from Mrs. Pesina on Friday, November 13, 2020, with additional instructions. Technology devices and hotspots will be available for pick up at the school on Friday, November 13, from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. Help with Google Classroom, Google Meets, or Google Apps for Education can be found on our Distance Learning website.  

    Fred Douglass students do need to report to school for in-person learning tomorrow, Friday, November 13. Fred Douglass teachers will provide online instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 30, 2020. Students will return to campus on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. On Friday, November 13, 2020, staff members will begin communicating with parents through phone calls or the SeeSaw app to ensure all students can connect virtually and are prepared to fully engage in distance learning on Monday, November 16. Technology devices and hotspots will be available for pickup at the school on Friday, November 13, at morning and afternoon pick-up times. Help with Google Classroom, Google Meets, or Google Apps for Education can be found on our Distance Learning website.  

    Sherman High School students do need to report to school in-person tomorrow, Friday, November 13. SHS teachers will provide online instruction for all students beginning on Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 30, 2020. Students will return to campus on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. During this time, after-school practices and events are canceled, including athletic events originally scheduled to resume on November 16. On Monday, November 16 at 8:30 am, students should log into their first period B Day class via Google Classroom or Canvas to receive instructions from their teacher. Each day, students should consistently log in and participate in class instruction according to their normal daily course schedule. Technology devices and hotspots will be available for students to check out during the school day. Help with Google Classroom, Google Meets, or Google Apps for Education can be found on our Distance Learning website.  

    Please note that students who attend another school in Sherman ISD are not impacted by these changes and should continue to attend in-person classes at their campuses. 

    Curbside meals will be available for pick up between the hours of 8: 00 am - 12:00 pm at each of the campuses that will pivot to distance learning. Please click here to submit your lunch order and call your campus cafeteria to pick up the lunch on the days you request. 

    • Sory Elementary
      • Cafeteria Number: 903.891.6654
      • Meal Pick Up Location-Back of the school in the bus loop driveway. You will need to enter the back of the campus via Center Street. 
    • Dillingham Intermediate
      • Cafeteria Number: 903.891.6509
      • Meal Pick Up Location-5th grade drop off location
    • Fred Douglass ECC
      • Cafeteria Number: 903.891.6558
      • Meal Pick Up Location-Front entrance driveway
    • Sherman High School
      • Cafeteria Number: 903.891.6468
      • Meal Pick Up Location-Front of the high school building

    I recognize that this transition presents challenges for our families, and thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please remain vigilant and stress with your families the importance of following all current health guidance so that we may all remain healthy and return to in-person learning as quickly as possible. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s campus or email sisdinfo@shermanisd.net.

     

    Sincerely, 

    David Hicks

    Superintendent




  • Parent Update

    November 9, 2020

     

    Bearcat Parents, 

    Today I was informed that two SHS student-athletes received lab-confirmed positive tests for the COVID-19 virus. These positive tests have resulted in the quarantine of several football and boys basketball athletes. We also have six athletes who have yet to be tested but are currently not feeling well. Additionally, positive tests or close contact quarantines have already impacted coaches or student-athletes in cheer, girls basketball, and freshman volleyball. 

    So that we can do everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19, Sherman Bearcat Athletics will temporarily pause all after-school activities for the following sports:

    • Boys Basketball (Grades 9-12)
    • Girls Basketball (Grades 9-12)
    • Cheerleading (Grades 9-12)
    • Football (Grades 9-12)

    These sports will return to after school practices on Monday, November 16, 2020. All football and basketball games and cheer activities scheduled through November 16 have been canceled. The coaching staff is currently working on rescheduling pre-season activities. The rescheduled game dates will be posted to our athletic website at www.shsbearcats.net once they are finalized. Any tickets previously purchased online for canceled games will be refunded. All student-athletes will continue to attend classes as scheduled for strength and conditioning activities in a no-contact and socially distanced manner.

    During this break in action, we encourage students and parents to complete the COVID-19 testing consent form. Through this testing program, we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and coaches. For more information about our testing protocol, click HERE. 

    Sherman Bearcat Athletics will also increase sanitation and deep cleaning of all locker rooms and facilities used by our teams. This is another important way we can prevent the spread of infection.

    As a reminder, the CDC defines close contact as being unmasked and within 6 feet of a positive individual for more than 15 minutes, and an individual is considered contagious 48 hours prior to showing symptoms. 

    UIL regulations allow for athletes to be unmasked while on the field of play. Our student-athletes and coaches will continue to follow the face-covering protocol as well as social distancing while on the bench, on the bus, in the stands, and any other time while not on the court or field of play. In addition, we will continue to enforce the importance of wearing a face-covering, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer regularly.

    COVID-19 continues to be a serious issue in our community. Please help us to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff and avoid having to cancel additional extracurricular activities or reassign classes and grade levels of otherwise healthy students because our staff members and students must quarantine. Please continue to reinforce with your families the importance of healthy habits, including proper handwashing and cough containment, mask-wearing, and social distancing.  

    As we strive to keep our promise of protecting and educating our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to monitor the safety of our athletes and coaches and make decisions with their health as a top priority. Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we work to keep our athletes and coaches healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Jones 

    Sherman ISD Athletic Director


  • Parent Update 

    Friday, November 6, 2020

    Dear Bearcat Parents,

    As we strive to keep our promise of protecting and educating our students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow our Operation Reconnect reopening plan that was put in place this summer. Part of that plan indicated that as circumstances related to COVID-19 changed throughout the school year, we would keep you informed.

    As we are now in the fall season and approaching Thanksgiving break, our district team has continued to carefully follow recommended health and safety protocols. We have enhanced our cleaning measures, implemented social distancing practices, promoted healthy habits, and our families have faithfully monitored and reported COVID-19 symptoms to our school nurses. Our students have been extremely diligent in wearing masks and complying with our safety procedures. Additionally, we have made hundreds of personal contacts to inform families about COVID cases impacting their children and we have maintained an active case dashboard on our website. We continue to regularly review the evolving guidance and regulations received from the Texas Education Agency, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Grayson County Health Department.

    Each day, we receive updated numbers on positive COVID-19 cases from the Grayson County Health Department. Over the past three weeks, there has been an increase in cases in our city and county and we have seen a corresponding increase in cases in our schools as well. As a result of the increase in quarantined students and staff due to both positive test results and close contact with others who test positive, we are experiencing a tremendous strain on our ability to staff our classrooms.

    Our primary goal remains to provide a safe atmosphere for in-person learning for all students. We know that in-person learning is the best choice for most of our students and staff. Our dedicated teachers and hard-working students want to learn together.

    Each time we investigate a COVID report we make decisions to maintain health safety and to have the least impact on our staff, students, and families. When students are quarantined, we send them home with technology and they immediately can join their Google classrooms for distance learning. When there is a need to send a staff member home, we first attempt to staff the class with a substitute teacher. Next, we attempt to reassign existing staff to teach in the class. A third option is to reassign students to other classes within the building. The last resort is to assign students to distance learning as we know this has a tremendous impact on families. During the last three weeks, we have had to quarantine a higher number of students and staff. In a growing number of situations, assigning students to distance learning is the only choice we have.

    COVID-19 continues to be a serious issue in our community. Please help us to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff and avoid having to reassign classes or grades of otherwise healthy students to distance learning because our staff members must quarantine. Please continue to reinforce with your families the importance of healthy habits including proper handwashing and cough containment, mask-wearing, and social distancing.

    I want to thank you for your understanding as we continue to educate our students and address the COVID pandemic in our community. Please continue to visit www.shermanisd.net/covid19 for updated information.

    Sincerely,

    David Hicks Superintendent


  • Parent Update on COVID-19 Case Reporting

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    Sherman ISD is committed to transparency as we communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it does take time to ascertain facts and details of a reported case when we learn about it, and we ask your patience as we work to first take care of the individuals who test positive and anyone in which they may have come into close contact. Throughout the summer months, Sherman ISD has been managing cases reported to us from employees and the parents of student that participated in summer extracurricular activities.

    As we prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Sherman ISD will continue to provide parents with updates. Cases will be communicated via email directly to the employees and parents at each campus.

    Sherman ISD reports positive cases to the Grayson County Health Department and relies on their guidance and recommendations regarding self-isolation and quarantine requirements for anyone they deem as "close contacts."  The definition of close contact according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Education Agency is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:

    • being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
    • being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.

    Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.

    Close contacts should follow the stay at home protocol as outlined by the CDC. COVID-19 testing for close contacts is not necessary, as negative test results can occur at any time while the virus is incubating. The role of schools in identifying close contacts is to provide relevant information to local health departments, not to determine close contacts in the absence of public health guidance.

    Although the district discloses case information to GCHD, we must maintain confidentiality for the individual who tests positive. We will, however, provide a few case details that can be seen by the general public in our parent communication letter that will be sent out after all contact tracing has been completed.

    The contact at your campus, if you or someone in your household experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, is the school nurse. Cases will be reported to the Campus Principal, Lead Nurse, and to Central Office to ensure appropriate notifications and cleaning protocols are followed.


    CAMPUS NURSE CONTACT INFORMATION

    School

    Nurse

    Telephone

    Email

    Crutchfield

    Monique West

    (903) 891-6568

    mwest@shermanisd.net

    Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center

    Maggie White

    (903) 891-6550

    mwhite@shermanisd.net

    Fairview

    Misti Caver

    (903) 891-6583

    mcaver@shermanisd.net

    Jefferson

    Summer Lashley

    (903) 891-6623

    slashley@shermanisd.net

    Neblett

    Kristen Waller

    (903) 891-6673

    kwaller@shermanisd.net

    Sory

    Jeannie lavanda

    (903) 891-6653

    jlavender@shermanisd.net

    Wakefield

    Jackie Hampton

    (903) 891-6608

    jhampton@shermanisd.net

    Washington

    Tiffany Kemp

    (903) 891-6703

    tkemp@shermanisd.net

    Dillingham

    Gail Petty

    (903) 891-6513

    gpetty@shermanisd.net

    Piner

    Laura Goldsmith

    (903) 891-6480

    lgoldsmith@shermanisd.net

    Perrin Learning Center

    Gerica Harris

    (903) 891-6683

    gharris@shermanisd.net

    SHS

    Danna Wrenn

    (903) 891-6443

    dwrenn@shermanisd.net

     


    Actualización de los padres sobre la notificación de casos de COVID-19

    Viernes 14 de agosto de 2020

    Sherman ISD está comprometido con la transparencia mientras nos comunicamos durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Sin embargo, se necesita tiempo para determinar los hechos y detalles de un caso denunciado cuando nos enteramos de él, y le pedimos paciencia mientras trabajamos para atender primero a las personas que dan positivo en la prueba y a cualquier persona con la que puedan haber estado en contacto cercano. . Durante los meses de verano, Sherman ISD ha estado manejando los casos que nos informaron los empleados y los padres de los estudiantes que participaron en actividades extracurriculares de verano.

    Mientras nos preparamos para el inicio del año escolar 2020-2021, Sherman ISD continuará brindando actualizaciones a los padres. Los casos se comunicarán por correo electrónico directamente a los empleados y padres de cada campus.

    Sherman ISD reporta casos positivos al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Grayson y confía en su guía y recomendaciones con respecto a los requisitos de autoaislamiento y cuarentena para cualquier persona que consideren "contactos cercanos". La definición de contacto cercano según los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Agencia de Educación de Texas está evolucionando con nuestra comprensión de COVID-19, y los escenarios individuales deben ser determinados por una agencia de salud pública apropiada. En general, el contacto cercano se define como:

    • estar directamente expuesto a secreciones infecciosas (por ejemplo, toser); o
    • estar dentro de los 6 pies por una duración acumulada de 15 minutos; sin embargo, factores adicionales como el enmascaramiento del caso / contacto (es decir, tanto el individuo infeccioso como el contacto cercano potencial se han enmascarado de manera constante y adecuada), la ventilación, la presencia de divisores y la sintomatología del caso pueden afectar esta determinación.

    Tanto (a) como (b) definen contacto cercano si ocurrió durante el período infeccioso del caso, definido como dos días antes del inicio de los síntomas hasta 10 días después del inicio de los síntomas. En el caso de las personas asintomáticas que están confirmadas por laboratorio con COVID-19, el período infeccioso se define como dos días antes de la prueba de laboratorio de confirmación y continúa durante 10 días después de la prueba de laboratorio de confirmación.

    Los contactos cercanos deben seguir el protocolo de permanencia en casa según lo descrito por los CDC. La prueba de COVID-19 para contactos cercanos no es necesaria, ya que los resultados negativos de la prueba pueden ocurrir en cualquier momento mientras el virus se está incubando. El papel de las escuelas en la identificación de contactos cercanos es proporcionar información relevante a los departamentos de salud locales, no determinar contactos cercanos en ausencia de orientación de salud pública.

    Aunque el distrito divulga la información del caso a GCHD, debemos mantener la confidencialidad de la persona que da positivo. Sin embargo, proporcionaremos algunos detalles del caso que el público en general puede ver en nuestra carta de comunicación para padres que se enviará después de que se haya completado todo el rastreo de contactos.

    El contacto en su campus, si usted o alguien en su hogar experimenta síntomas o da positivo por COVID-19, es la enfermera de la escuela. Los casos se informarán al director del campus, a la enfermera principal y a la oficina central para garantizar que se sigan las notificaciones y los protocolos de limpieza adecuados.

     

    INFORMACIÓN DE CONTACTO DE LA ENFERMERA DEL CAMPUS

     

     

    Colegio

    enfermera

    Teléfono

    Email

    Crutchfield

    Monique West

    (903) 891-6568

    mwest@shermanisd.net

    Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center

    Maggie White

    (903) 891-6550

    mwhite@shermanisd.net

    Fairview

    Misti Caver

    (903) 891-6583

    mcaver@shermanisd.net

    Jefferson

    Summer Lashley

    (903) 891-6623

    slashley@shermanisd.net

    Neblett

    Kristen Waller

    (903) 891-6673

    kwaller@shermanisd.net

    Sory

    Jeannie lavanda

    (903) 891-6653

    jlavender@shermanisd.net

    Wakefield

    Jackie Hampton

    (903) 891-6608

    jhampton@shermanisd.net

    Washington

    Tiffany Kemp

    (903) 891-6703

    tkemp@shermanisd.net

    Dillingham

    Gail Petty

    (903) 891-6513

    gpetty@shermanisd.net

    Piner

    Laura Goldsmith

    (903) 891-6480

    lgoldsmith@shermanisd.net

    Centro de aprendizaje de Perrin

    Gerica Harris

    (903) 891-6683

    gharris@shermanisd.net

    SHS

    Danna Wrenn

    (903) 891-6443

    dwrenn@shermanisd.net


  • Friday, June 12, 2020

     

    Dear Bearcat Families,  

    I am so proud of our students! We just completed our third of four graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020, and I cannot help but feel that our future is in great hands with these compassionate, smart, kind, resilient, and optimistic young adults leading the way! 

    I am also proud of the many things we accomplished this year, especially how our teachers implemented our distance learning program from March through May. They created challenging lessons and designed innovative live and virtual events to provide support and a personal connection with students. Our support staff worked tirelessly to be sure questions were answered, 1200 computers were distributed, and more than 105,000 meals were provided. Your support as parents, business leaders, community members, and volunteers, while often also working full time, honored our staff members’ efforts and ensured consistency in learning for all children. Thank you!

    Even as we celebrate the class of 2020, I, like you, am looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year and all the new children, new learning, and new opportunities.

    Our goal is to open the school year in a manner that is as traditional and familiar as possible, while providing a safe environment for staff and students, adhering to the health guidance provided by local, state, and national officials, and implementing the educational best practices we know to be most effective. Our goal is also to identify alternative solutions that could be implemented if a traditional approach is not possible or if fast changes are required given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus.

    We are continuing to plan, with deliberation and specificity, what the 2020-2021 school year will actually look like. We must also remain adaptable given the current state of known and unknown factors. While following the guidance of public officials, we will work together to create the best learning environment for our students. The future is ours to create together!

    Please complete the following survey so that your ideas may be included in our planning. I know that we can accomplish anything when we share ideas, remain open to new possibilities, and work together with a common spirit of generosity, grace, and determination. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    Sincerely,

    David Hicks

    Sherman ISD Superintendent

    Click the image below to take the survey.

    Reentry Survey

     

    Estimadas Familias de Bearcat,

    ¡Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes! ¡Acabamos de completar nuestra tercera de cuatro ceremonias de graduación para la clase de 2020, y no puedo evitar sentir que nuestro futuro está en buenas manos con estos jóvenes adultos compasivos, inteligentes, amables, resistentes y optimistas que lideran el camino! También estoy orgulloso de las muchas cosas que logramos este año, especialmente cómo nuestros maestros implementaron nuestro programa de aprendizaje a distancia de marzo a mayo. Crearon lecciones desafiantes y diseñaron eventos innovadores en vivo y virtuales para brindar apoyo y una conexión personal con los estudiantes. Nuestro personal de apoyo trabajó incansablemente para asegurarse de que se respondieran las preguntas, se distribuyeron 1200 computadoras y se proporcionaron más de 105,000 comidas.

    Su apoyo como padres, líderes empresariales, miembros de la comunidad y voluntarios, aunque a menudo también trabaja a tiempo completo, honró los esfuerzos de los miembros de nuestro personal y garantizó la coherencia en el aprendizaje para todos los niños. ¡Gracias!Incluso mientras celebramos la clase de 2020, yo, como usted, espero con ansias el año escolar 2020-2021 y todos los nuevos niños, nuevos aprendizajes y nuevas oportunidades.Nuestro objetivo es abrir el año escolar de una manera que sea lo más tradicional y familiar posible, mientras brindamos un ambiente seguro para el personal y los estudiantes, cumpliendo con la guía de salud brindada por los funcionarios locales, estatales y nacionales, e implementando la mejor educación. prácticas que sabemos que son más efectivas. Nuestro objetivo también es identificar soluciones alternativas que podrían implementarse si no es posible un enfoque tradicional o si se requieren cambios rápidos dada la imprevisibilidad del virus COVID-19.Continuamos planificando, con deliberación y especificidad, cómo será el año escolar 2020-2021.

    También debemos permanecer adaptables dado el estado actual de factores conocidos y desconocidos. Mientras seguimos la guía de los funcionarios públicos, trabajaremos juntos para crear el mejor ambiente de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes. ¡El futuro es nuestro para crear juntos!Complete la siguiente encuesta para que sus ideas puedan incluirse en nuestra planificación. Sé que podemos lograr cualquier cosa cuando compartimos ideas, permanecemos abiertos a nuevas posibilidades y trabajamos juntos con un espíritu común de generosidad, gracia y determinación. ¡Gracias por compartir tus pensamientos!

    Enlace de encuesta en español click aqui.

    Sinceramente,

    David Hicks

    Superintendente de Sherman ISD

     

     

     


  • Friday, May 29, 2020

    Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

    We understand the challenging circumstances you are experiencing and wanted you to know your household may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Texas Lone Star Card.  P-EBT is a one-time benefit of up to $285 and will be issued on an EBT card to assist families during this unanticipated school closure. Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year and all children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2) are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

     Families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children 5-18 years old as of May 17, 2020, do not need to apply for those children. These families will receive P-EBT benefits on their current Lone Star Card by May 22. No further action is required of you. Families with children up to 21 years old who are certified to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 school year need to apply for P-EBT. (This includes families who received SNAP benefits for the month of March 2020 and have children under 5 and between 19 and 21.) These families will need to apply for P-EBT benefits online. Eligible families will receive a school email with a link to the P-EBT application the first week of June. You will have until June 30, 2020 to complete the application. Once approved, a P-EBT card will be mailed to your household.

    Please refer to the “How to Apply for P-EBT” handout for more information about the application process and what information you will need to provide. You will have one year, from the date the benefits were issued, to use your P-EBT food benefits. P-EBT benefits are non-transferrable. We trust this benefit will prove helpful. For more information, please visit hhs.texas.gov/PEBT.  A P-EBT call center will be available in June when the application is available. The phone number will be included in the information we send you with the application link.

     

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  • Friday, May 8, 2020

    As we close out Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re excited to share our most recent Super 60 video! With heartfelt words, Dr. Hicks pays tribute to all educators, especially the Sherman ISD teachers and staff who are the heart of our community! #SISDTeacherAppreciation #Super60#BuildingBearcats

     


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  • Friday, April 17, 2020

    Closure

    Sherman ISD to Remain Closed for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

    Dear Parents,

    Today, Friday, April 17, Governor Abbott announced that all Texas schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Sherman ISD will adhere to the Governor's announcement and will remain closed for the rest of the spring semester. 

    Our team has worked diligently over the last several weeks to develop our SISD Distance Learning Program. Because of that hard work, we are prepared to continue providing quality instruction to our students through online distance learning and printed learning packets.

    As always, our focus remains on keeping students safe and providing learning opportunities that meet their academic needs. Technology device distribution for students in need will continue next Tuesday, April 21, from 12 pm to 3:00 pm at the Sherman ISD Administration Building (2701 Loy Lake Rd). Wireless access points are now active at every campus parking lot for increased free internet access, and next week we will deploy WiFi-equipped school busses throughout the district to expand internet coverage. Using a variety of new technology, we are dedicated to providing ways that help teachers and students remain connected. 

    Thank you, parents, for playing a vital role in the distance learning process, while also caring for your families and balancing your work responsibilities. Please know that our entire district team is working to make at-home learning accessible and engaging for every child. If you need additional assistance with technology or an individual assignment, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or principal or email distancelearning@shermanisd.net. Our teachers are experienced at tailoring instruction based on individual needs and are ready to work with you to best serve your child. Please continue to encourage your students to complete their work so that everyone finishes the semester strong. 

    To our Sherman High School Class of 2020 seniors, please know that we remain committed to celebrating your class. Thank you for participating in the senior class survey. As soon as plans for senior events are finalized, we will share information with you and your parents.

    In the coming weeks, we will continue to provide more guidance regarding our district's extended closure. Information on our long-term plans for the remainder of the year and summer will be shared via email and on our website at www.shermanisd.net/covid19.

    I am humbled by the community spirit that I’ve seen during this time and I want to thank each of you for your hard work, partnership, and continued support.

     

    Thank you,

    David Hicks


  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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    Sherman ISD Announces New Distance Learning Grading Policy

     

    When it became necessary in March to close our school in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Sherman ISD teachers began taking immediate action to continue serving our students. 

    Within two days, our food services team began distributing breakfast and lunch daily to our children, and with help from many community partners, began delivering food and supplies to families in need. To date, our district has served more than 70,000 meals and partnered with more than 20 churches and local non-profit organizations to provide extra assistance to families across our district. 

    Within four days, our teachers launched the SISD Distance Learning program that includes online and paper-based lessons at every grade level. During the second week, we expanded the program to include elective classes and we distributed more than 1000 computers and hotspots for students to use at home. Wireless access points are now active at every campus parking lot and in two weeks we will deploy Wi-Fi equipped school busses throughout the district. Using a variety of new technology, our teachers have connected with students in myriad ways.

    The shift to at-home learning has presented new opportunities and challenges for teachers, parents, and students, who are now attempting to master new content more independently than ever before. Because learning at home is inherently different than learning at school, we believe adjustments to our standard grading practices are warranted at this time. Our new grading guidelines encourage and recognize students’ efforts to complete their assigned work. They also take into account the challenges that many of our students are facing in this new learning environment. 

    During the final 9 weeks grading period for the 2019-2020 school year, individual teachers will report student academic progress through the current distance learning communication systems utilized by each campus including Class Dojo, Google Classroom and Seesaw. During this time, grades will not be reported through the online parent portals of the Frontline/TEAMS or Pinnacle systems. Parents will receive at least one communication about their child’s progress during this period of distance learning. Please note that the grading of individual paper assignments may take longer than usual due to guidelines for safe document handling.

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DISTANCE LEARNING GRADING POLICY.

     


  • Sunday, April 5, 2020

    Sunday Update

    Sherman ISD Food Service Program Time Change

    • Quick Fact: Sherman ISD will now serve food from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    On Monday, April 6, 2020, Sherman ISD will continue providing free Grab and Go curbside meals to all children ages 18 years and younger. Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Grab and Go meals will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion. No one will need to exit their personal vehicles. 

    Sherman ISD Updates Food Service Requirements

    • Quick Fact: Parents picking up free meals for children – without the children present – must show documentation for the children that are receiving the meals.

    Sherman ISD is changing the requirements for the distribution of our free Grab and Go meals at campuses and community locations, following new guidance from the state of Texas. New rules from the Texas Department of Agriculture require that parents picking up free meals for children – without the children present – must show documentation for the children that are receiving the meals.

     Acceptable documentation includes:

      • A school-issued student ID,
      • A report card,
      • A birth certificate,
      • A copy of the SISD Food Service email that was sent to SISD parents on April 3, 2020, as a verification message you received from Sherman ISD.

    Please note that documentation is not required when children come with a parent to pick up a meal. All children 18 and under can receive meals at one of the locations below. Please stay in your vehicle and practice social distancing when coming to campus to receive a grab and go meal or when receiving food at one of our community sites. Click here for a complete list of food service site locations.


    K-8 Learning Packet Pick Up Day and Time Change

    Students are encouraged to complete the Sherman ISD Distance Learning lessons online. For students that do not have access to the internet or technology, the option to pick up printed learning packets at our K-8 campuses is available each Monday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a change in day and time. During that time, our schools will be staffed with an employee for curbside grab and go printed learning packet pick up and return. For added convenience, the Herald Democrat Newspaper has graciously donated newspaper stands for our campuses to utilize during this time. Our newspaper stands will provide 24-hour access for parents to pick-up and drop-off of printed lesson packets at our schools during the week. Lessons will be replenished on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. Each newspaper stand is labeled with the appropriate grade level. If any parent is unable to make the learning packet pick up time on Mondays, you may come by any of our K-8 campuses at any time during the week to pick up or submit a learning packet from our newspaper stands.

    Sherman High School 9-12 Learning Packet Pick up Days and Time

    Students are encouraged to complete lessons online. However, for students that do not have access to the internet or technology, the option to pick up printed learning packets at Sherman High School is available each Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. During that time, SHS will be staffed with employees for curbside “grab and go” printed learning packets for students to complete and return. Students should return the answer document for the completed assignments from the previous week when picking up new assignments on Monday or Tuesday. 

    Student Library Resources Now Available

    There are many library resources, including thousands of ebooks and magazines available to students through our school district campus libraries and the Sherman Library. Click here to access the SISD Library Resources page for students to access the free reading material

     


  • Saturday, April 4, 2020

    We've launched our new video series entitled Super 60! It features our very own Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Hicks, and highlights important information, district news, teacher and employee success, and of course, our students. Our first video focuses on important information and updates about distance learning, and Dr. Hicks gives a big THANK YOU to our community supporters. He was also gracious enough to give TWO bonus rounds of 60 seconds since it's the first episode of #Super60!



  • Friday, April 3, 2020

    Sherman ISD Updates Food Service Requirements and Meal Service Times

    On Monday, April 6, 2020, Sherman ISD will continue providing free Grab and Go curbside meals to all children ages 18 years and younger. Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Grab and Go meals will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion. No one will need to exit their personal vehicles. 

    Sherman ISD is changing the requirements for the distribution of our free Grab and Go meals at campuses and community locations, following new guidance from the state of Texas. New rules from the Texas Department of Agriculture require that parents picking up free meals for children – without the children present – must show documentation for the children that the meals are for. 

    Acceptable documentation includes:

      • A school-issued student ID,
      • A report card,
      • A birth certificate,
      • A copy of the SISD Food Service email that was sent on April 3, 2020, as a verification message you received from Sherman ISD.

    Please note that documentation is not required when children come with a parent to pick up a meal. All children 18 and under can receive meals at one of the locations below.

    Please stay in your vehicle and practice social distancing when coming to campus to receive a grab and go meal or when receiving food at one of our community sites.

    The following SISD schools and community sites are providing grab and go meals daily from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm at campuses and 10:00 am-11:45 am at community sites.

             Food Service Locations from 10:00 am-1:00 pm Monday through Friday

    Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center

    505 East College

    Sherman, TX 75090

     

    Crutchfield Elementary

    521 South Dewey

    Sherman, TX 75090

     

    Neblett Elementary

    1505 East Gallagher Rd.

    Sherman, TX 75090

     

    Wakefield Elementary

    400 Sunset Boulevard

    Sherman, TX 75092

     

    Washington Elementary

    815 South Travis

    Sherman, TX 75090

     

    Piner Middle School

    402 West Pecan

    Sherman, TX 75092

     

    Perrin Learning Center

    81 Vandenberg Drive

    Denison, TX 75020

     

      

    SISD Food Service drop off locations on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

     

    Constitution Village

    10:00 am-10:45 am

    South Carolina St. just off 1417

     

    Shadow Mountain Mobile Home Park Office

    11:00 am- 11:45 am

    1601 East, FM1417, Sherman, TX 75090

     

    Old Settlers Park

    10:00 am-10:45 am

    1609 N. Harrison; Sherman, Texas

     

    Hill Top Apartments Office

    11:00 am- 11:45 am

    4919 Timberview Dr, Sherman, TX 75090

     

     

     


  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:45pm

    Extended Closure  

     

    April 1, 2020

     

    Dear Bearcat Families:

    I want to thank you for your continued support during this time of school closure. What our SISD team members, parents, community volunteers, and business leaders have accomplished in the last two weeks is truly inspirational! Our teachers have created innovative ways to stay connected with our students and parents through online lessons, video conferences, personal calls and letters, and even neighborhood caravans. Athletic performance challenges have been issued, and our students have posted hundreds of pictures of themselves completing assignments, practicing their instruments, and even reading in their pajamas! 

    We have served more than 32,000 meals to our students in ten days, and we began illuminating the lights at Bearcat Stadium each night as a symbol of hope and assurance that our students remain on our minds and in our hearts. Our local businesses, churches, PTAs, and community service organizations have provided meals for our staff, and additional food, school supplies and hygiene products for our families. The Sherman ISD family always answers the call when there is a need. Thank you for being #CommunityStrong together!

    I want to inform you that with the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our state, Sherman ISD schools and district offices will remain closed and will not reopen until Monday, May 4, 2020. Our closure is being extended to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is required by Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott.

    While the action we are taking is in the best interest of our community as a whole, I am aware it creates many challenges for our families. To ease some of these challenges, we will continue our free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch food service program for students ages 18 and under. Seven food service campus sites will continue to serve food Monday through Friday from 10:00-2:00 pm and four community sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00-11:45 am.  

    The health and education of our students remain a top priority, and our district will continue our Sherman ISD Distance Learning Program. Our teachers will continue to upload lessons to Google Classroom, and printed lessons will continue to be available on Monday and Tuesday of each week at your child's campus. Teacher and technology support is available during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) each day. Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly for help with assignments or our technology department for technical assistance at DistanceLearning@shermanISD.net. 

    For our students, and especially our seniors, the spring months include many academic, career & technical, fine arts, and extracurricular athletic activities. While there are still too many unknowns related to our national health crisis, I want you to know we are committed to postponing rather than cancelling as many of our spring activities as practical. This commitment includes prom and graduation at Sherman High School, the annual eighth grade farewell dance at Piner Middle School, honors assemblies at all of our campuses, fourth grade field day, and more.  

    I appreciate your understanding as we work to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. As more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate directly via email, as well as our website. Please visit www.shermanisd.net/covid19 for more information on distance learning, food service, and additional resources for your family.

     

    Sincerely, 

    David Hicks

    Superintendent


  • Monday, March 23, 2020

    Sherman ISD Board of Trustees Approve Resolution to Continue Employee Pay

    As cities, businesses, and educational institutions shut down across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19, uncertainty about work compensation is a worry Sherman ISD employees will not have.

    In a regularly scheduled school board meeting on Monday, March 23, the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to continue compensating employees while the district is closed due to COVID-19.

    The resolution states that Sherman ISD will continue wage payment to all regular employees, including contractual and noncontractual, salaried and non-salaried workers who are instructed not to report to work during an emergency closing.

    "All of our employees are continuing to work and are still providing instruction just in a different way. Our team members are working in their traditional roles, or they have stepped up to do whatever is needed to ensure our students' needs are met," Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Hicks explained. "Our board of trustees felt it was important to remove the worry of receiving compensation from our employees so they may continue to focus on serving our students and families."

    The resolution also states the maximum duration for continued payment is through June 30, 2020, unless the board takes action to authorize payment for a more extended time.

     

    Staff at Jefferson Elementary met parents this morning to pass out printed lessons

    Jefferson

    Teachers have been working and sending students supportive messages.

    Teacher inspiration

    Wakefield Elementary teachers added a festive costume as they served meals and printed lessons.

    Crutchfield

    Elizabeth Enriquez is a Sherman ISD Custodian at Crutchfield Elementary. Since the school closure, she has served as a translator and food server to ensure all needs are met at the campus.

    Custodian


  • Sunday, March 22, 2020

    Our curriculum and instruction team and campus instructional staff have created a new website to support at-home learning. The Sherman ISD Distance Learning Website is NOW available online for all SISD students and will include lessons and parent and student resources for at-home instruction. The website contains both online and non-digital student and parent resources for extended learning at home. If you have any questions regarding distance learning, please email distancelearning@shermanISD.net.

     To access the Sherman ISD Distance Learning website click the button below or click here:

    Distance Learning

     

    Domingo 22 de marzo de 2020

     

    Nuestro plan de estudios y equipo de instrucción y el personal de instrucción de la escuela han creado un nuevo sitio web para apoyar el aprendizaje en el hogar. El sitio web de educación a distancia de Sherman ISD está AHORA disponible en línea para todos los estudiantes de SISD e incluirá lecciones y recursos para padres y estudiantes para la instrucción en el hogar. El sitio web contiene recursos en línea y no digitales para estudiantes y padres para un aprendizaje extendido en el hogar. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre la educación a distancia, envíe un correo electrónico a distancelearning@shermanISD.net.

     

    Para acceder al sitio web de Sherman ISD Distance Learning, haga clic en el botón a continuación:

    Educacion

     


  • Friday, March 20, 2020

    Sherman ISD Families:

    As we end our first week of school closure, we thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. We know that news of Sherman ISD’s school closures poses real challenges and we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

    Our district is working diligently to continue the learning process and provide daily meals to our students. Please review the information located in the document below.

If you are having trouble viewing the document, you may download the document.

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:15pm

    Sherman ISD Launches Free Grab and Go Meal Program

    Although COVID-19 has halted school within Sherman ISD, it has not stopped the district from providing a nutritional breakfast and lunch for students. Today the district launched its free Grab and Go curbside meal food service program and served more than 1,050 meals to SISD students. The district will continue the curbside meal program all week and will make plans to expand the food site locations next week.

     

    Food Service

    Food Service

     

    Sherman ISD Teachers Make Phone Calls to Check on Students 

    Sherman ISD teachers spent their day reaching out to parents and students by phone. Teachers throughout the district made phone calls to connect with students and provide parents with an update on district information. Teachers also used the time to express how much they miss seeing their students in person. Teachers that were unable to connect with a parent left a voice message for parents with instructions for them to visit www.shermanisd.net/COVID19 for district updates and to submit questions for more information regarding Sherman ISD and COVID-19.

    Phone Call

     

     


  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:30pm

    Sherman ISD to Remain Closed Through Friday, April 3, 2020

    Bearcat Families,

    In the interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and our larger community, Sherman ISD schools and offices will remain closed through Friday, April 3. Our district leadership will continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 daily and will communicate any update on our reopening directly to parents and on our district website.

    Decisions to close our schools are made after very careful consideration. In the case of COVID-19, we have remained in constant contact with the Center for Disease Control, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Grayson County health officials, the Texas Education Agency, and area school district leaders. Since my last video update yesterday, we have also reviewed additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and President Trump.

    Based on the recommendations and information from all of these sources, I believe that extending our closure is the best course of action to keep our students and staff healthy. While it is my goal to return students to school as quickly as possible, extending our closure for two additional weeks provides families a greater degree of consistency for planning. It will also give our district team time to mobilize and execute our plan for distance learning.

    Sherman ISD staff are using this week to develop and implement a district-wide learning plan. Our curriculum and instruction team and campus instructional staff are all directly involved in creating engaging lessons to ensure that our students continue to receive instruction during our school closure. Information regarding our distance learning plan will be sent directly to parents and made available on our district website by Monday, March 23. Additionally, teachers have been calling each family this week to determine student needs and their access to technology. Our plan is to deploy district technology and instructional materials, as well as expand our food program, counseling services, and other support as needed. Please remain in contact by monitoring updates on our website, or by submitting questions at www.shermanisd.net/COVID19.

    Thank you for responding to this COVID-19 challenge with understanding and cooperation. Know that our school district team is working with a can-do spirit, and we will continue to serve our students and community.

     

    Thank you,

    David Hicks

    Sherman ISD Superintendent

     

    Martes 17 de marzo de 2020 4:30pm

    Familias de Bearcat,

    En interés de la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, el personal y nuestra comunidad en general, las escuelas y oficinas de Sherman ISD permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes 3 de abril. Nuestro liderazgo del distrito continuará evaluando el impacto de COVID-19 diariamente y se comunicará cualquier actualización sobre nuestra reapertura directamente a los padres y en nuestro sitio web del distrito.

    Las decisiones de cerrar nuestras escuelas se toman después de una cuidadosa consideración. En el caso de COVID-19, hemos permanecido en contacto constante con el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas, los funcionarios de salud del Condado de Grayson, la Agencia de Educación de Texas y los líderes del distrito escolar del área. Desde mi última actualización de video ayer, también hemos revisado la orientación adicional de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y el presidente Trump.

    Basado en las recomendaciones e información de todas estas fuentes, creo que extender nuestro cierre es el mejor curso de acción para mantener saludables a nuestros estudiantes y al personal. Si bien mi objetivo es regresar a los estudiantes a la escuela lo más rápido posible, extender nuestro cierre por dos semanas adicionales brinda a las familias un mayor grado de consistencia para la planificación. También le dará tiempo a nuestro equipo del distrito para movilizar y ejecutar nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia.

    El personal de Sherman ISD está utilizando esta semana para desarrollar e implementar un plan de aprendizaje en todo el distrito. Nuestro plan de estudios y equipo de instrucción y el personal de instrucción del campus están directamente involucrados en la creación de lecciones atractivas para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes continúen recibiendo instrucción durante el cierre de nuestra escuela. La información sobre nuestro plan de educación a distancia se enviará directamente a los padres y estará disponible en el sitio web de nuestro distrito antes del lunes 23 de marzo. Además, los maestros han estado llamando a cada familia esta semana para determinar las necesidades de los estudiantes y su acceso a la tecnología. Nuestro plan es implementar tecnología del distrito y materiales de instrucción, así como también expandir nuestro programa de alimentos, servicios de asesoramiento y otro tipo de apoyo según sea necesario. Permanezca en contacto monitoreando las actualizaciones en nuestro sitio web o enviando preguntas a www.shermanisd.net/COVID19.

    Gracias por responder a este desafío COVID-19 con comprensión y cooperación. Sepa que nuestro equipo del distrito escolar está trabajando con un espíritu de poder y continuaremos sirviendo a nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad.

    Gracias,

    David Hicks

    Sherman ISD Superintendente

     

     

     


  • Monday, March 16, 2020 7:45pm

    The following video message is from Sherman ISD Superintendent Dr. David Hicks.

  • Sherman ISD’s Current Plan

    Our plan moving forward is to continue to monitor the general health of our community and follow the guidance from our governing agencies and health professionals. Teacher teams are designing paper-based and online lessons for use next week, and we are working with Grayson College and the College Board on guidance for students in dual credit and advanced placement courses. More information for these students will be posted as soon as possible on our website.

     

    Free Student Meals

    Sherman ISD will offer a Grab and Go style breakfast and lunch via curbside service at Piner Middle School and Neblett Elementary. Breakfast will be served on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am-10 am and lunch from 12 pm to 2 pm at the campuses mentioned above. Parents will be able to drive through the student drop off area at either school to pick up a sacked meal. All meals will be handed to individuals in their vehicles from a Sherman ISD Food Service employee. For more information, click here.

     

    Student Learning During School Closure & Resources

    Students should continue reading for pleasure daily and complete any previously assigned work. Below you will find several educational links to general activities that are fun for students and will help them continue learning:

    • Adventures in Familyhood
      • Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.
    • Farm Food 360
      • Immerse yourself in Canadian farm food and tours.
    •  Funbrain
      • Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving, and literacy.
    • Seussville
      • These activities, crafts, and printables provide hours of Seussian ideas to engage your child in playful learning. Add a snack based on favorite books or characters from our tasty recipes or search our themes for a curated collection of all of the above. So, team up with your kid and get creative…there is fun to be done!
    • Kids National Geographics
      • National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 132 years through groundbreaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world. Our yellow border serves as a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. Places only National Geographic can take you.

     

    Sherman ISD Teacher Outreach

    This week, our teachers will make personal calls to each family to check on needs, confirm contact information, and verify the methods we are using to communicate while our schools are closed. Watch for these calls as they may come from non-school district phone numbers. We are also asking all parents to visit our website and complete a short questionnaire, so we can best serve you and continue to make strong decisions that are right for our community.

     

    SISD COVID-19 Question Submission Form

    As we navigate through this evolving COVID-19 situation, we understand that questions may arise. Feel free to submit your question through our SISD COVID-19 Question Submission Form, and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner. We will be compiling a list of frequently asked questions and will place them on our website at www.ShermanISD.net/COVID19. This questionnaire form is monitored daily by the SISD Communications Department.

     

    Student Items Left Inside Campus Buildings

    In preparation for possible extended closure, if there are critically important materials such as musical instruments, coats, medicine, or textbooks that students need to retrieve from campuses, principals will work with individual families to make arrangements. Please submit a request to access your student’s campus through the SISD COVID-19 Question Submission form.

     

     


  • Monday, March 16, 2020 2:30pm

     

    As we navigate through this evolving COVID-19 situation, we understand that questions may arise. Feel free to submit your question(s) through this form and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner. We will be compiling a list of frequently asked questions and will place them on this web page. This survey is monitored daily by the SISD Communications Department.

    Please click here or the image below to access the question submission form.

    COVID19 Questions


  • Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:30pm

    Reminder


  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:30pm

     

    Sherman ISD Will Serve Free Meals During School Closure

    All Sherman ISD schools and district offices will remain closed March 16-20. Due to the closure, on Wednesday, March 18, Sherman ISD will begin providing free curbside meals to all students until the end of the week.

    The district will offer a Grab and Go style breakfast and lunch via curbside service at Piner Middle School and Neblett Elementary. Breakfast will be served on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am-10 am and lunch from 12 pm to 2 pm
    at the campuses mentioned above. Parents will be able to drive through the student drop off area at either school to pick up a sacked meal. All meals will be handed to individuals in their vehicles from a Sherman ISD Food Service employee.

    “Our food service staff is preparing to make this as convenient as possible for our families while maintaining the highest level of sanitation standards,” Sherman ISD Food Service Direct Mandy Stephens explained. “Our goal is to ensure our students are taken care of, and that includes during times of unscheduled school closures. Our job during this evolving situation is to make every effort to provide our students with nutritional meals.”

    All students, 18 or under, are eligible for a free meal. Students must be present to receive a meal, and meals are not available for adults. For additional updates on our food service schedule during district closure, please visit our website at www.ShermanISD.net/COVID19

     

    Sherman ISD Food Service Lunch Schedule Wednesday, March 18-Friday, March 20, 2020

     

    Neblett Elementary

    1505 East Gallagher Rd.

    Sherman, TX 75090

    Breakfast-8am-10am

    Lunch-12pm-2pm

     

    Piner Middle School

    402 West Pecan

    Sherman, TX 75092

    Breakfast-8am-10am

    Lunch-12pm-2pm 


  • Friday, March 13, 2020 4:45pm

     

    Dear Sherman ISD Families,

    Since my letter last night, our district leadership team has continued to diligently monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 situation in our state. Throughout the morning, we have remained in constant contact with our local and state health officials and the Governor’s office. We have also been in touch with our neighboring districts. 

    Sherman ISD will remain closed through Friday, March 20, 2020. All district offices and facilities will remain closed, and all athletic and extracurricular events for next week will be postponed. During this time, I encourage students to read daily and complete any assignments that were made before the break. Students will have access to a free grab and go breakfast and lunch via curbside service at Piner Middle School and Neblett Elementary beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20. Breakfast will be available for pick up on those days from 8 am to 10 am, and lunch will be available for pick up from 12 pm to 2 pm. 

    We will continue to communicate updated information directly with our parents via email, and updates will be posted on our website, www.ShermanISD.net/COVID19, as well.

    Thank you,

    David Hicks

    Superintendent


  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:30pm

     

    Dear Sherman ISD Families,

     

    Over the past weeks, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking additional steps to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and visitors. We have been in constant communication with neighboring school districts. We are aware that several districts in neighboring counties have decided to extend their spring break for an additional week based on locally unique factors, including guidance from their county health officials.

    As of this evening, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grayson County. We are still planning to welcome students on Tuesday, March 17. We will continue to refer to the information provided by national and state officials from several entities and local officials from the Grayson County Health Department to make the appropriate decisions for our district. We will continue to monitor and evaluate this fluid situation prior to reopening school on Tuesday, March 17, and will communicate via our webpage, and by automated text and email in the event the situation changes. 

    The health department continues to recommend that local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against COVID-19 as we take to prevent the spread of other diseases like colds or the flu: 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Remember, Sherman ISD’s fever policy states that a child with a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit must remain out of school until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    During the week of spring break, our custodial staff thoroughly disinfected each campus with hospital-grade products and made it a priority to focus on door handles, tops of desks, water fountains, and all significant touchpoints to minimize the spread of infectious illnesses. Our custodians will continue to disinfect daily. Foam soap dispensers are also located in all restrooms, and 700 hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout all campuses to ensure staff and students can easily access hand sanitizer as needed. 

    As we prepare to return from spring break, it is an appropriate time to review the protocols and policies we have in place to ensure students and staff members do not attend school or work when they have a fever or become ill during the school day. To review the Sherman ISD Health Services Guidelines, please click here. Campus nurses remain the best point of contact for health-related questions.

    Additionally, we are asking anyone that may have traveled out of the country during spring break to adhere to the CDC travel restriction information. Staff and students returning from countries identified on the CDC’s travel warnings should notify their campus nurse on Monday, March 16, and self-quarantine at home for a period of 14 days to monitor symptoms. Click here to review the CDC travel restriction information. Please notify your campus nurse on Monday if these restrictions apply to your family. 

    Although no other actions are recommended in Grayson County at this time, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 and follow any future recommendations from our health officials. Coaches, team sponsors, and program directors will notify students and parents directly if events are postponed or canceled. We will also continue to provide informational updates directly to our parents via email and on our Sherman ISD Health Service COVID-19 update page.

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    David Hicks

    Superintendent


  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:00pm

    As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grayson County and we are still on schedule to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Health officials continue to recommend that local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against Coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other diseases like colds or the flu: 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Remember, Sherman ISD’s fever policy states that a child with a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit must remain out of school until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

    During this week of spring break, our custodial staff thoroughly disinfected each campus with hospital-grade products to minimize the spread of infectious illnesses. Our custodians will continue to disinfect daily. Foam soap dispensers are located in all restrooms and 700 hand sanitizer stations, dispersed throughout all campuses, ensure staff and students can easily access hand sanitizer as needed. 

    As we prepare to return from spring break, it is an appropriate time to review the protocols and policies we have in place to ensure students and staff members do not attend school or work when they have a fever or become ill during the school day. To review the Sherman ISD Health Services Guidelines, please click here. Campus nurses remain the best point of contact for health related questions.

    The following are important links from the CDC:

    • Click here to visit the CDC checklist for parents.
    • Click here for steps to prevent the illness.
    • Click here for information on how to protect yourself and your family.




  • Friday, February 28, 2020 Update

    Sherman ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The district is aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

     While we continue to work closely with the Grayson County Health Department and receive updates from federal health authorities, as of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Grayson County, and no additional precautions have been advised for Sherman ISD at this time.  

     State medical experts indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu. Families may visit the CDC website for more information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, including how it spreads, prevention, and treatment and symptoms.

    The Grayson County Health Department is closely monitoring all developments, and we are in direct contact with our public health officials in Grayson County. Please be assured that Sherman ISD will stay in communication with our local partners and stand ready to take all appropriate measures. 

    As always, our campus custodial staff is ensuring all bathrooms are clean, and that foam soap is available. Our custodians will continue to disinfect campuses daily with hospital-grade products to minimize the spread of any infectious illnesses. Additionally, our district has more than 700 hand sanitizer stations dispersed throughout each school to ensure staff and students can easily access hand sanitizer as needed. 

    While we are still learning about this newly-emerged virus, based on the current information we have, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other diseases, like colds or the flu:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Remember, Sherman ISD’s fever policy states that a child with a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit must remain out of school until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

    Please help us protect our students, staff, and the whole community by using these simple methods of preventing the spread of all diseases. Our staff will also be encouraging the use of these methods at school. Thank you for your support of our district, our students, and our staff.

    Should you have any further questions, please contact your school nurse or visit our Sherman ISD Health Services page.