CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During his April 28th press conference, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said that he was extending the health orders to keep schools closed throughout the state until May 15th, 2020.
Gordon added that there would be an exception for those students with”greatest needs.”
“I have provided greater flexibility in this order for school districts to work with their county health officers for possible exceptions to those closure orders to provide in-person instruction for students so long as proper social distancing, hygiene, and enhanced sanitation are practiced. Following guidelines from the CDC and the Wyoming Department of Health,” Gordon said.
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During a press briefing last week, Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow said that the existing orders allow for some “limited in-person instruction” between school staff and students for “students in the greatest need.”
Gordon went on to say that if any school district that wanted to seek a variance to the order must work with their county health officer and the Department of Education to develop a plan with clear protocols before they will be considered for bringing all students back into their buildings.
He stressed that these protocols would have to be approved and in place to be able to re-open school buildings either this spring, this summer, or next even next fall.
Governor Gordon noted that it was important to get working on those plans now because “Covid isn’t going away.”
“As I have said multiple times, we have to get our heads in the game and understand how we defeat this virus every day – one day at a time,” Gordon said.
Gordon added that he would to continue to make adjustments as conditions as conditions permit.
This article originally appeared on Cap City News. Used with permission.
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.