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Commerce ISD's online learning plan follows the same scope and sequence as students in the classroom through an Asynchronous Learning Model. Teachers will provide instruction, learning resources, and support with a mix of pre-recorded videos on real-time lessons. All activities have been designed to meet the needs of the student in the online environment through the use of instructional best practices designed for virtual learning. Students enrolled in the CISD virtual learning program will experience similar learning experiences consistent with their grade-level peers attending in-person classes.
Students will receive data driven instruction, personalized enrichment and intervention when needed. Teachers may host a Zoom or Google Meet to allow for students to show their face on the screen to engage with teachers virtually and will be expected to participate in district/state assessments to document student learning and growth as required by the state.
For younger students, parents/guardians are required to be heavily invested in facilitating daily learning.
A video of a parent orientation will be available from CISD Technology after committing to a Virtual Online Learning to allow support to parents to know what is expected.
A commitment form will be expected to be completed for each child by 8 a.m., August 4.
Please note that the requirements for student engagement with their teacher is much higher than the requirements students/families experienced during the spring of 2020 during our short-term Distance Learning Model. In order to provide students who are in the Asynchronous Learning Model a comparable experience to what students in a face-to-face environment are receiving, the amount of time and number of assignments will be significantly increased for the 2020-2021 school year. The 2020-2021 virtual learning program is a highly structured and equally rigorous learning environment designed to mirror the learning and growth experienced by students in face to face learning.
Remote Synchronous Instruction
Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. Students are expected to show their face on the screen and be actively engaged in learning with their teacher. Commerce WILL NOT be using this learning model because everyone at their household does not have Internet connectivity.
Remote Asynchronous Instruction
Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. The student is required to be engaged daily with work and the teacher is required to give feedback. Commerce ISD will be using this model.
Per TEA Guidance
The following are some of the ways our CISD Counseling Department will meet student, staff, and needs. Services provided will vary depending on the assigned campus/age group of students.
Counselors may virtually deliver developmentally appropriate social-emotional lessons on topics such as:
Counselors may address the following immediate concerns of all students.
Our CISD Counselors adhere to the American School Counselor Association’s Ethical Standards for School Counseling, and these standards help guide us during school closures.
Final decisions regarding course offerings for virtual instruction will be made based on the number of students who enroll in this option. Some elective courses for students who select virtual learning may require the student to complete a required assignment or project at the campus if the course requires assignments that cannot be reasonably completed remotely, e.g., welding, a/v production, etc. We are working to finalize which elective courses will require in-person assignments and communicate those as needed.
Texas A&M University- Commerce has informed us the structure of dual credit classes will be online. More information forthcoming from the University.
Each campus will follow the guidelines listed below on how services will be conducted and what materials and/or resources will be needed during periods of online learning.
Safety Procedures during On-Campus Dyslexia Instruction
All Dyslexia services will be conducted with appropriate safety precautions as per district guidelines when on campus.
In the case of a school closure, the ESL Department will provide a continuation of services in the following areas:
ESL Teachers will support students and classroom teachers by following guidance from TEA, district administrators, and campus administrators concerning ESL student services. Services may include parent phone calls, lesson planning, virtual lessons, reading groups, finding ELPS/ESL resources, etc… as needed to support students in mastering academic skills and language acquisition.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS
Initial Identification - The LPAC attempts to complete the English learner identification process within the four calendar weeks requirement, as feasible, and documents in the student’s permanent record the reasons for which the timeline was extended.
CISD will have training about mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
On the first day of school, either online or in-person, 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
Both in-person and Asynchronous Learning Model 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.
PreK-2nd Grade: Class Dojo
3-12th Grade: Google Classroom
In-person learning will include a blended instructional platform that involves the use of Class DOJO (PK-2) and Google Classroom (Grade 3-12) for specific instructional areas.
This will ensure that students are familiar with these learning management systems in the event we have to quickly switch to an Asynchronous Learning Model for all students as a result of a short-term sporadic district closure.
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:
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.
In order to provide as much support to families as possible, CISD has provided a video orientation for those parents who have chosen Asynchronous Learning Model. An introduction to the learning platform (Google Classroom or Class Dojo), daily schedule, attendance and participation requirements, lesson plans, and grading practices will be reviewed. This is a support session for families choosing online learning.
Sample Asynchronous Learning Model Lesson Plans
To help illustrate what online school will look like in 2020-2021, our educators have developed the attached drafted online daily plan. Online learning will align with in-person learning and in our hybrid model.
Sample First Grade Daily Plan - coming
Sample 5th Grade Daily Plan -coming
Sample 9th Grade Daily Plan - coming
Annual Meetings for the 2020-2021 school year will be completed by social distance guidelines for 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 (e.g., virtual learning), 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 ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNER MODEL
If your child is already an "online learner", CISD does not anticipate that your child's schedule or learning will be impacted by a sporadic closure due to COVID-19.
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.
Switching to Asynchronous Digital Learning Model 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.
Commerce ISD will provide devices and possible internet connectivity solutions to support identified students. Please contact your campus principal for more information.
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3315 Washington St.
Commerce, Texas 75428
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Friday: 8am - 3:45pm
Sat - Sun: Closed
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