Safety & Security
The safety and security of students, staff and visitors in the Commerce Independent School District is paramount. CISD strives to ensure a safe environment for employees to work and students to concentrate on learning, developing and achieving academic excellence.
- Students and staff are trained and practice Standard Response Protocol (SRP). SRP includes 4 specific actions that can be performed in the event of any threat or incident on or near campus: LOCKDOWN, LOCKOUT, EVACUATE, and SHELTER. These responses are taught and practiced regularly throughout the year in the form of drills. Additionally, all CISD staff undergo mandatory CRASE (Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event) training annually.
- Commerce ISD has a full-time Police Department. CISD PD Officers are present in our school buildings throughout the day, and provide security at after school functions.
- During the school day, visitor entry at all campuses is limited to the front/main entrance of the building. Visitors must buzz-in to enter our buildings. All exterior doors remain locked, and students and staff are instructed never to open a door to allow someone to enter.
- All campuses utilize the Raptor Visitor Management System, which requires all visitors with appropriate business to undergo screening prior to gaining access to the building.
- All staff and visitors must wear prominently displayed district-issued identification or visitor badges.
- Surveillance cameras monitor activity inside and outside all Commerce ISD buildings.
- Safety and security audits are performed at CISD schools throughout the year.
- CISD Police Department maintains a close working relationship with Commerce Police Department and the A&M Commerce UPD; and frequently works together with these departments to investigate potential concerns.
- CISD has additional measures and protocols in place to protect campuses that are only shared with specific personnel, and not made public for security reasons.
Any security measures and protocols, when observed diligently, help to maintain secure buildings and promote safety; however, the most valuable tool we have in protecting lives is the human element. CISD strongly urges families to remind their children how important it is to immediately report any safety concern, prohibited item, safety related threats or rumors, threatening online activity, and/or any suspicious behavior they observe.
Families with suggestions, questions, or concerns are encouraged to contact their campus principal.