CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County School District Superintenden-elect Mike Jennings said on Monday, June 8 that while the district is planning to possibly welcome students back to school this fall, the district is also preparing to keep virtual learning models in place.
District officials have been working with Casper-Natrona County Health Department officials toward a safe way to both welcome students back to schools for in-building instruction this summer and fall and also to allow athletics to resume.
Jennings said during the NCSD Board of Trustees’ Monday work session that the district fully expects that some students will test positive for COVID-19 if students and staff return to schools. Planning for that eventuality is key, he said.
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“What happens if we have a COVID case in a classroom?” Jennings asked. “And we will.”
While NCSD sees re-opening school as a top priority, another goal is to minimize disruptions to student learning. For that reason, Jennings said the district will plan to offer virtual learning options even if buildings are re-opened.
He said virtual learning options will be not only for students who become sick, but for parents and guardians who do not wish to send their students to school.
Jennings said the virtual learning plan will need to be flexible as the number of students who demand such instruction could vary.
NCSD is still awaiting further guidance from the Wyoming Department of Education as well as health officials before their plans can be finalized. Jennings said a document outlining the work the district has been working on toward a re-opening plan will be available in several weeks.