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Academically, in-person learning will provide students with the same high-quality learning opportunities that Commerce ISD always strives to provide. Physically, students will notice various changes throughout their school day which are designed for their safety and the safety of our staff. Below you may read more on in person school plans for 2020-2021. Please note that this guidance is subject to change at the local, state or national level. We will update our plans accordingly and communicate with our families thoroughly.
Overview for In-Person Learning
Students will attend class in-person, using a hybrid model for at least the first two weeks of school, utilizing additional safety measures that align with state and federal guidelines and recommendations. Hybrid model details will be released after noon on Friday, July 31.
The in-person learning scenario will also include a blended instructional platform that involves the use of Google Classroom (3-12) and use of Class Dojo and paper packets (preK-2) for specific instructional areas. This will ensure that students are familiar with the virtual platform in the event we have to quickly switch to an all-virtual setting, asynchronous learning model, as a result of a short-term sporadic district closure.
Please note that in the event of a sporadic school closure, all affected students will move to online instruction, Digital Learning Model/Asynchronous learning. Key aspects of “Digital Learning Model/Asynchronous Learning” may include:
It is important to remember that the virus can be spread by infected people who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is asymptomatic (meaning feeling or demonstrating no symptoms), they can spread the virus to others who may become seriously or fatally ill, especially those over 65 or with pre-existing health conditions. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, CISD expects all employees, students and families to follow these health and safety practices.
Commerce ISD will offer ACE/BGC care after school as normal with proper social distancing and within all the guidelines and restrictions as prescribed by Commerce ISD, State and Local and the CDC.
ACE/BGC will provide programming for Commerce ISD students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.
ACE/BGC will provide programming for in-person and virtual if the CISD has to go into a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACE/BGC will provide transportation to eligible students. We are encouraging parents to pick-up their students to reduce possible virus exposure on buses.
ACE/BGC interest forms are being sent to parents via CISD ParentSquare notification system and through the communication applications at each campus. We highly recommend parents complete the interest Google Form to best inform ACE/BGC of the need for staffing and spacing within each campus.
ACE/BGC may have to initiate a ‘first come, first served’ enrollment due to limited staffing and/or availability of appropriate spacing for social distancing.
Registration links will be released the week of July 28 through August 3.
Special Education students who require special transportation will continue drop off procedures as determined by the ARD committee’s recommendations with safety and health procedures in place. The Campus will determine the specific drop off location/entrance for special transportation students.
Special Education students who require special transportation will continue dismissal procedures as determined by the ARD committee’s recommendations with safety and health procedures in place. The Campus will determine the specific dismissal location for special transportation students in conjunction with transportation.
Commerce ISD plans to utilize the school cafeteria for student meals. At some campuses meals will be taken to classrooms. NOTE: No Parents/visitors during lunch at least for the fall semester.
Commerce ISD will offer a meal program for online students in a grab-and-go service. Parents will Pre-Order meals the week before or no later than Friday Noon, to pick up on Monday mornings or Tuesday morning if school is not in session on a Monday. Pre-orders information:
Cafeteria staff will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
Classes will go to lunch on a staggered schedule to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria each period.
All cafeteria staff will be wearing masks and gloves while serving students.
Students will verbally provide the cafeteria staff their individual account number as part of the "no touch" lunch purchase process.
Seats, tables, door handles, and high-touch areas will be disinfected between service periods/use.
When possible, food items will be pre-packaged and boxed to minimize face-to-face contact in the cafeteria line.
For paid students that preorder is possible please make payments online through Skyward Family Access.
Per TEA Guidance
CAMPUS CLEANING PROTOCOLS
Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff.
ADDITIONAL CLEANING MEASURES FOR KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE
If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, electrostatic sprayers and aerosol disinfectant foggers will be used to fog and disinfect. Custodial staff, SSC, will fog and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, athletic spaces and all affected areas in the building.
COLLABORATIVE WORK & PROJECTS
In order to provide the safest environment possible in our common/collaborative spaces, while promoting disease prevention and mitigation, the following guidelines will be implemented:
Per TEA Guidance
Refer to Response to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus section regarding parent notification.
The Commerce ISD Human Resources Department, Health Services, and Local Health Authority will communicate directly with staff on what steps should be taken if an employee is impacted by COVID-19. This communication will include information related to leave, forms and reporting processes.
Commerce ISD will adhere to all HIPPA and FERPA laws regarding privacy.
Per TEA Guidance: Local Decision
Local Decision - If you choose online Asynchronous Learning, you may not participate in UIL or extracurricular activities
Practices and performances will be conducted following safety protocol provided by guidance from CISD, UIL and TEA. This will include COVID screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc.
CISD will have training about mitigating the spread of COVID.
On the first day of in-person, face-to-face instruction, CISD will instruct students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation and social distancing practices adopted by the district. Staff and students must cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with their elbow. Used tissues must be placed in the trash and hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used. This training will take place periodically throughout the school year with daily reminders from teachers and campus support team. Visuals, including posters, will be used throughout all buildings to provide reminders to students and staff on all health and safety protocols.
Teacher / Staff Training
CISD is developing the procedures for the first day of school to ensure students and staff safety. Some traditional practices of walking younger students to class may be impacted.
Both in-person and virtual learning experiences will provide the same expectations around coursework and grading. Further, all high school credit courses that count in GPA calculation and class rank will be used in that calculation.
The evaluation of student learning through grading and assessment will be revised for the 2020-2021 school year. The process for evaluation and grading will be similar to what they were during the 2019-2020 school year prior to the COVID-19 closure. Grades received in an Asynchronous Learning Model will follow the same grading guidelines as face-to-face instruction. Teachers and staff will receive additional support and guidance on effective grading practices to ensure that grades are valid and reliable for all students.
For next steps on confirmed cases see Response to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus section.
Per TEA Guidance
Required Actions if Individuals with Lab-Confirmed Cases Have Been in a School
Annual Meetings for the 2020-2021 school year will be completed by socially distanced Face to Face, video or teleconference by the campus 504 Coordinator; all required members will be in attendance.
Procedures for Attending a Virtual 504 meeting
The campus 504 Coordinator will inform parents when scheduling the meeting that the meetings will be held remotely rather than in person. When a virtual meeting is not an option, the campus administrator will be consulted.
Students who attended CISD for the 2019-2020 school year from the end of March until the last day of school, should have a Continuity Plan in place. These plans will continue to be reviewed at 504 meetings.
Adding an Individualized Continuity Plan
Please refer to the Evaluation section in the Special Education portion of the plan.
If campuses are closed, but continue to provide educational opportunities virtually to the general student population during the closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The school must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student's individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan which has been reasonably calculated to enable the student to make appropriate progress.
During sporadic school closures, educational opportunities/support will continue to be provided to general education and special education students virtually through virtual learning.
All Special Education services will be conducted with appropriate safety precautions as per district guidelines when on campus.
Legal requirements related to the legal timelines for initial and annual ARD meetings still apply whether we are conducting school in person or virtually.
The ARD committee will meet by video or teleconference for the 20/21 school year; all required members must be in attendance. When virtual is not an option, the campus administrator will be consulted.
Procedures for a Virtual ARD
Practices during periods of on campus learning:
Initial assessments, 3 year re-evaluations, and requests for additional assessment will continue to be completed within required timelines while students are on campus while taking safety precautions per district guidelines.
Practices during periods of virtual learning
Goals and objectives will continue to be updated every nine weeks, whether students are on campus or receiving virtual learning, this is in accordance with district policy by all providers including special education teachers, instructional and related service providers and itinerant staff. Updated progress reports may be emailed home to parents.
IMPACT TO IN-PERSON LEARNERS
In the event of a sporadic closure, all in-person students and educators will rapidly shift to online learning and teaching.
IMPACT TO ONLINE LEARNERS
If your child is already an "online learner" using Asynchronous Learning Model, CISD does not anticipate that your child's schedule or learning will be impacted by a sporadic closure due to COVID-19.
WILL CISD CLOSE AN ENTIRE CAMPUS DUE TO COVID-19? TEA is not recommending entire campus closures due to positive cases. Commerce ISD will await further guidance from the state and make local decisions about what is best for students and staff.
FIRST 3 WEEKS GRACE PERIOD
For the first three weeks of the school year, a grace period will be allowed for students to switch between online and in-person learning. This will allow students/families to switch if best for the student. A designated form, Commitment Form and Orientation Video is coming soon for this request, for online learning.
A Commitment form will be required if choosing on-line learning.
IN CASES OF CLOSE CONTACT
Throughout the year, students may receive remote instruction if their child has had close contact (defined below) with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed, or a confirmed negative test result. A commitment form does not need to be completed.
TEA DEFINITION OF CLOSE CONTACT
This website refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as: a being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield); or b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield; if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was infectious. Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.
Busing will be provided for students with no capacity limitations at this time.
3315 Washington St.
Commerce, Texas 75428
Mon - Thur: 8am - 4:15pm
Friday: 8am - 3:45pm
Sat - Sun: Closed
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