From Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman:
In keeping with Commerce ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student families that a student who was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 was present on the campus of Commerce Elementary School on Thursday, August 20. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify the student.
Individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individual have been contacted. Those that were in close contact will remain off-campus for up to 14 days to ensure that they do not have the virus so that there will not be any further spread. We will keep apprised of further updates. While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual have reason to be concerned, we ask you to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection: A temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher when taken by mouth Sore throat New uncontrolled cough that cases difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, change in their cough from baseline) Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain or New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
If any member of the Commerce ISD school community begins experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We encourage anyone in the Commerce ISD school community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please notify our school by contacting the campus nurse or principal. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of everyone monitoring their health, and contacting their primary care physician if they believe they are developing symptoms. We all must continue to work together to ensure our community members remain safe and healthy.
Please know that Commerce ISD will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as needed.