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No 2020 Labor Day holiday for UW students, in revised schedule

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The University of Wyoming’s has announced that faculty, students, and staff will not receive a Labor Day holiday for 2020.

UW says in a written statement, released Friday, that a compressed academic schedule for the fall 2020 semester, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has necessitated the move. UW says that Labor Day, Sept. 7, will be used as an instructional day and not a paid holiday for employees.

“This is not an ideal situation for any of us, but we’re counting on everyone to flex the UW Cowboy spirit to have a successful semester during a difficult time,” UW’s new President Ed Seidel says. “I’m confident we’ll get through this together with some sacrifice on everyone’s part.”

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The change to UW’s employee holiday schedule and academic calendar is in place only for 2020.

The university says they will identify an alternative holiday later in the academic year.

“We recognize that this is not a welcomed change, but it is necessary for us to meet the required number of instructional days in the compressed fall semester,” Seidel says. “We also recognize that employees may have already made plans for the Labor Day weekend. The university encourages supervisors to be flexible with staff members who have plans that can’t be changed, and we will honor vacation requests for Sept. 7 where possible.”

Under the fall return plan approved by the UW Board of Trustees, the semester has been reduced by one week — with classes starting Aug. 24 and ending Dec. 4, and with final exams concluding Dec. 11.

In order to maintain a 15-week semester, the statement says that Sept. 7, Oct. 16, and Nov. 23-25 have been converted to instructional days.

“Courses will move to fully online instruction beginning Nov. 23,” UW Says. “Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission that would be caused by students leaving campus and then returning.”

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.