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Amid COVID-19 cancellations, NCSD still considering options for graduation

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. —  In the wake of a recent round of event cancellations, including the announcement by the Wyoming High School Athletics Association suspending spring sports, Natrona County School District officials are still considering options for graduation.

“We are continuing to work on identifying what’s next for graduation ceremonies at NCSD. We understand the incredible significance of these ceremonies to our students and families,” said district spokesperson Tanya Southerland, during a public briefing on Tuesday. “A decision on ceremonies will be made with the first priority of student and community safety. However, we want to ensure that any decision made is well-informed with the most up-to-date information from our County Health Department. We will provide information as soon as possible in order for students and families to plan accordingly.”

The statement from the school district came with a round of cancellations for other events. Southerland says that the following events have been cancelled or postponed.

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  • The Wyoming Reads celebration, originally scheduled on May 12, 2020 has been canceled. The District is working with founder and organizer John Jorgensen, and the Wyoming Reads committee, to identify a date next year to reschedule.
  • The Academic Awards Banquet scheduled for April 26, 2020 has been postponed. The Academic Awards Committee has made a tentative plan to reschedule the Awards Banquet for July 12th, 2020. .
  • The Wyoming High School Athletics and Activities Association has canceled all spring sports.

“The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority,” Southerland said. “We appreciate the patience and support of our community as we all work together to keep our community safe.”

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.