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NCSD to stop requiring students, staff to wear masks Friday

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District will no longer require students or staff to wear face masks in schools starting Friday.

NCSD said on Thursday that their request for a variance from statewide mandate requiring masks in schools was approved Wednesday.

“Starting May 14th, 2021, face coverings will be OPTIONAL for all NCSD students, staff, and school visitors while on school premises,” NCSD said. “Face Coverings MUST continue to be worn on public transportation, this includes all NCSD Transportation services – specifically, school buses/vehicles. This is a federal order and NCSD is required to follow this order. Each school will continue to have a face masking requirement in and around a designated Nursing station.” 

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“We understand some families may have questions or concerns regarding the safety and health of their child(ren). Please contact your child’s school, as soon as possible, if you have concerns regarding the approval of the exception request. Your child’s individual school will work directly with school families to identify needed accommodations and supports.”

NCSD said that isolation and quarantine requirements will still apply in cases of known COVID-19 impacts within schools.

“If students/staff are visiting another school, agency, or event outside of the district as part of NCSD operations (field trips, athletic or activity events, etc.) where masks are REQUIRED, they will be expected to follow the guidelines in place by that hosting agency or school district,” NCSD said.   “Bullying, intimidation, shaming, or harassment of any kind by any individual regarding a person’s choice to wear or not wear a face covering will NOT be tolerated. Please contact your child’s school, or your direct supervisor, to report such behavior.” 

“Face Coverings MUST continue to be worn on public transportation, this includes all NCSD Transportation services – specifically, school buses/vehicles. This is a federal order and NCSD is required to follow this order. Each school will continue to have a masking requirement in and around a designated Nursing station.”

NCSD said they will continue to work with the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the community in response to COVID-19.

“We appreciate your partnership and support as we work together to provide a high-quality learning environment for all students while maintaining our commitment to the safety and health of all students, staff, and the community,” the district said.