Schools closed through April 3
03/19/2020

Message from the Superintendent

 

Commerce ISD buildings and facilities will be closed from March 23 through April 3.  Communication regarding home instruction, food service and health will follow.

 

Commerce ISD Students, Parents and Community,

 

First, I want to thank everyone in our community for their support, offers to help and understanding.  Though this has been an extremely difficult situation for all of you, it has been inspiring to see how people in my hometown have pulled together.  This is truly an amazing place!  Thank you for the powerful sense of community you have given all of us.

 

Commerce ISD’s first responsibility is always  the safety of our students and staff.  Our second responsibility is the education of the students we serve.  The third responsibility for us is to support our parents and community.  We want our students in our school.  We believe that is the best place to support their educational growth and meet the needs of our community.

 

While we are in a situation requiring “social distancing,” we will continue to support our students’ educational growth.  However, we do not believe that distance learning meets all of the needs of our students.  Our teachers, staff and counselors impact our students emotionally, socially and mentally in ways that go beyond just instruction.  We believe that there are life-changing moments that happen in the school and classroom.  We cannot replicate that outside the school.  Also, many of our parents and guardians have been placed under an extreme hardship.  This unprecedented pandemic has affected their jobs, health and financial stability.

 

With that understanding, we do not make the decision to close our campuses lightly.  We are closing through April 3, 2020.  We will continue to reevaluate the situation and determine what we are doing after April 3. We are not going to make a long-term decision at this time, the situation has been ever changing.  On or before Wednesday, April 1, the district will decide for the following weeks.  Again, we want the students in our schools. 

 

Some of you may be wanting to make long term plans.  This is still possible.  The state has waived the in-school attendance requirement.  If you want to keep your child out of school or have to make plans for the long term, you are welcome to do so.  In fact, if you have the ability to keep your children at home, please continue to do so if we are able to reopen our buildings.  Please communicate with your child’s campus.  We will work to get all instructional materials to ensure your child gets that credit for this year.  We want to limit the impact of any hardship as much as possible.

 

The truth is, our teachers and staff already miss our students.  As much as we make an impact on them, they make an impact on us.  We are in education for a reason, we care about students.

 

Thank you for your time and understanding,

 

Charlie Alderman
Superintendent


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In partnership with families and community, CISD will provide all students an exemplary education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens. 

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