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Casper College commits to in-person fall classes; face coverings required


CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College’s re-opening plan during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic includes a commitment to “fully opening in the fall 2020 semester for instruction, activities, housing, and other programs hosted by and at the college.”

The college plans to provide instruction in-person with safety restrictions in place. Face coverings will be required in classrooms and the college encourages the use of face coverings anytime that six feet of distance can’t be maintained between people on the campus.

The college highlights important aspects of the re-opening plan as follows:

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-Avoid congregating in groups. Always maintain a minimum of 6 feet between each other. In situations where this is not possible face coverings will be required.

-Face coverings are highly encouraged and are required when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained between individuals, including while using college vehicles with more than one occupant.

-Face coverings will be required while in individual classrooms.

-No indoor gathering of more than 50 people is allowed.

-No outdoor gathering of more than 250 people is allowed.

-Employees and students must wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided to all departments and all student classrooms.

-The college will provide cloth face coverings to employees, and disposable face coverings will be available for students and visitors.

-Employees and students are to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

-All employees and students are expected to monitor their health daily for symptoms before arriving on campus.

-All facility cleaning procedures will follow the CDC guidelines.

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“While we know there will be varying guidance and restrictions regarding group size, social distancing, and other measures, we seek to provide our students and community with the best possible experience while at Casper College,” CC adds. “As we have all experienced, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to remain flexible in terms of our responses given the individual circumstances of communities, colleges, businesses, individuals, etc.”

This plan provides overall guidance based on current circumstances, but as we have seen, guidance can change quickly. Casper College will adhere to these guidelines and will make any necessary changes based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the State of Wyoming Department of Health, the National Junior College Athletic Association, and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.”

Casper College’s full re-opening plan is available online.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.