CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During his live press briefing on Tuesday, July 15th, 2020, Governor Mark Gordon offered a brief update on the outlook for schools around Wyoming reopening in August.
Gordon said that that the Wyoming Department of Education has been working with their taskforce to develop the “Smart Start” guidance framework which requires school officials to submit their operation plans by August 3rd.
He added that due to Wyoming demographics it would be important for decisions to be informed by what would be effective for each local community.
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“This is no simple matter,” Gordon acknowledged. “It is easy enough to say that we are going to do X or Y but when you look at the differences between communities and you look at the differences between student populations, it really makes sense that we have local plans.”
When looking forward to what the upcoming fall would look like for schools around Wyoming, Governor Gordon said that things remained unclear.
He added that the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Wyoming has caused officials to “pause” moving to pare down the current statewide health restrictions.
Gordon said the one thing that is certain was that the virus will still be impacting the citizens and students of Wyoming during the upcoming months.
On the subject of students wearing masks to school, Gordon said that they will “Probably have a place in schools re-opening.”
“Masks will help those schools stay open. Masks will help our kids get back to those classrooms where they need to be. And masks will help them get back to their education – we won’t lose any more of that precious time.”
Gordon concluded his remarks on schools by saying “We want our students to be safe. We want our citizens to be safe.”
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.