School start delayed 1 week

A message from Superintendent Alderman...


CISD Tigers,


On Monday night, the Commerce ISD Board of Trustees approved a motion to move back the start of school for one week.  This will move the start of school from August 4th to August 11th.  This decision came with much discussion regarding the health and safety of our students and staff and with an understanding of the immense amount of training needed to have a successful start of the year.   Commerce ISD teachers need additional training in new health and safety procedures as well as additional training for the online learning that is now required by the state.  The delayed start will allow administrators and staff to focus on ensuring that new safety procedures, online educational systems and learning processes are implemented. The 2020-2021 school year will still end on June 4th.  The February intersession week of February 8th-12th has now become a regular school week.


Commerce ISD will also start school with a Hybrid Schedule on August 11th for at least the first two weeks of school.  A Hybrid Schedule has students coming to school two days a week and working at home the other three days.  To ensure the health and safety of our students, Commerce ISD will limit the number of students on campus for at least the first two weeks.  This allows administrators and staff to train students in the correct health and safety procedures, doubles the staff to student ratio on campus and, gives administrators time to address issues with the help of teaches and staff.


Each campus will be sending out information regarding the start of school on that campus.  Each one has different health and safety and scheduling needs due to both grade level configuration and the design of that campus.  Expect to hear from them in the next couple of days.  Our administrative teams have been working diligently to put together plans that meet the needs of their students and staff.


Please understand, we want to see our students back at school.  We also have to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our students as we start a school year unlike any other.  This will be an ongoing process.  The Governor, TEA Commissioner and Local Health Officials may all change what we are doing at this time.  The Commerce ISD School Board has already scheduled a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on August 5th to continue to make the best decisions for both the education and health and safety of students.


Thank you,


Charlie Alderman

Commerce ISD