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Wyoming cancels statewide student tests, March ACT suspended

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education says that Wyoming students will not take the statewide summative assesment, the WY-TOPP or the WY-ALT this spring amind COVID-19 coronavirus school closures.

The department says that the Superintendent Jillian Balow’s request for a waiver from federal assessment requirements was approved on March 20.

“As a result, Wyoming students will not take the summative statewide assessment, WY-TOPP, this spring,” the department says. “WY-ALT is also suspended. Any additional changes will be posted to the assessment calendar and also included in the weekly assessment newsletter.

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“March ACT testing has been canceled. At this time, the WDE recommends changing ACT assessment dates using the third option, April 21. The WDE also recommend administering the online version.”

The department is exploring options to address the testing changes surrounding the COVID-19 disruption. That includes:

-A voucher process to give students, schools, and districts an opportunity to leverage national testing dates should they not be able to use the state testing dates. The tests given on national testing dates will provide college-reportable scores for students.

-A new opportunity in May for state testing. ACT is looking into this option now but stated if it could be done it would have to be online testing.

-The possibility of testing in the fall.

“Districts can change their testing window by contacting Olivia Outlund, ACT Project Coordinator, and Jessica Steinbrenner, WDE Assessment Supervisor,” the department says. “For those students unable to access these state testing options, ACT will provide student vouchers for national testing dates. ACT has rescheduled the April 4 national testing date to June 13.”


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: covid@cnchd.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.


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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: covid@cnchd.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.