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PHOTOS: Smiles, hugs greet students at Lincoln Elementary as Casper schools open on Wednesday

Ronny Bay gives his son Steven Bay, 5, a kiss before Steven’s first day of kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County schools opened their doors to students and parents for the first day of the school year on Wednesday morning.

“We’re just really excited that we’re able to open our doors this year and have good parent contacts and communications,” said Lincoln Elementary School principal Phillip Hubert. “Just those face-to-face interactions are really valuable. We missed that a lot last year.”

A nervous Carlos Salas, 6, gets a gentle nudge from his mom, Diana Treto, during his first day of kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The schools opened with significantly fewer COVID-19 precautions. Masks are voluntary and parents are once again let into facilities.

“We’re optimistic that we can continue with a little bit more of that in-person interaction with parents this year.”

Art teacher Barbara Ray hugs each student as they head off to class during the first day of school at Lincoln Elementary on Wednesday in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students in the district will be sent home with tablets for virtual learning if students, classes or schools are forced to quarantine for COVID-19 exposure.

“Every student has technology available to them at home as well as here at school,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see the kids coming back and exciting to be here.”

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