This past week, our state, city, and school district faced extreme weather challenges that have impacted everyone. Without a doubt, we are ready to return to warmer temperatures and regular school days.
Currently, the snow continues to melt and our major roadways are clearing up. I anticipate that neighborhood roads and our district parking lots will be safe for travel by Monday. However, I remain concerned about potential water line breaks that could occur as pipes thaw and having clean water and enough water pressure to operate our kitchens and restrooms. The current lack of water pressure, the need to boil water, and the scarcity of bottled water in our community, have made opening our buildings and beginning the week with in-person learning impossible.
Our maintenance team will continue working throughout the weekend clearing the remaining snow and monitoring our buildings for broken pipes. Likewise, the maintenance team with the City of Sherman will continue working heroically to address local water issues. The City has informed us that Sherman will likely remain under a boil notice until at least Monday evening.
Because of this, our school district will provide instruction on Monday and Tuesday, February 22-23 through all-district, asynchronous, distance learning. Our priority will be to resume in-person instruction as quickly as possible, pending the review of our thawing pipes, once water pressure has been sufficiently restored, and after there is no longer a requirement to boil water prior to consumption. A status update regarding when in-person instruction can resume will be communicated on Tuesday.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to welcoming our students back to school virtually on Monday.