Sherman’s and Denison’s school districts had an unscheduled five-day weekend courtesy of the winter ice storm that made roads nearly impassable and closed most areas businesses, school districts, and non-emergency city government offices.

Sherman’s and Denison’s school districts had an unscheduled five-day weekend courtesy of the winter ice storm that made roads nearly impassable and closed most areas businesses, school districts, and non-emergency city government offices.


"We have two bad weather days scheduled into the calendar that we normally do every year, and those are May 23 and May 27," Sherman ISD Director of Communications April Patterson said. "There would have been a five-day weekend, but now that we’ve taken those weather days, we’ll be going to school those days."


Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott said that his district won’t be able to make up for all of the school days lost to the ice storm.


Scott said that "the state requires that school districts set aside two weather days each year," and the district used both of those allotted days to give students and faculty the day off during the height of icy road conditions and freezing weather Friday and Monday.


"Most likely what we’ll do is apply to the state to give us a waiver, because there’s not any way we can really make the days up," the superintendent said.


Scott said the ice storm has been the worst severe event the district has weathered in "at least five or six years," and he said "it’s been maybe seven or eight years since we’ve missed more than two days."


The Yellow Jackets head administrator said one of the storm’s biggest impacts on the district’s plans was an unexpected delay in the construction of the new Munson Stadium. "We’re right in the middle of construction, and we have a timeline," Scott said. "We’re losing work days. We’ve already lost three days and it puts us in a bind."


Scott said the inclement weather "does also create a hardship on the district, and especially on families that work outside the home and have to find babysitters."


The DISD superintendent said that despite the unexpected icy vacation of sorts, "we’re just kinda getting cabin fever. We’re ready to get the kids back in school, but we’ve got to wait to see what the roads are like and if it’s safe for our buses to go out on those country roads."


On Tuesday morning, Scott said it was "too early to make that call." The icy conditions are tentatively expected to slightly improve throughout Texoma as a warm front slowly moves in beginning Tuesday. However at around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sherman ISD and Denison ISD announced that the districts would cancel classes on Wednesday.