CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District shared some details on Tuesday of what schools may look like during the fall 2020-2021 semester.
“The first day of school for Natrona County is September 2nd, 2020,” NCSD said. “We want to ensure we are providing as many known details as possible so our school families can make informed decisions as they look toward the Fall semester.”
The district is preparing a “Smart Start Reopening Plan” as required by the Wyoming Department of Education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“The intent of Natrona County School District’s (NCSD) Smart Start Reopening Plan is to open schools, keep them open, and provide a high-quality learning environment for all students to progress in their learning while maintaining our commitment to the safety and health of all students, staff, and the community,” the district says.
NCSD plan to offer two choices for students this fall. First, they could choose to come back to schools for in-person instruction. Second, NCSD plan to give students the option of enrolling in the Natrona County Virtual Learning Program, where they would take courses entirely online.
“The Natrona County School District will open schools this fall. Proactive and precautionary safety measures will continue to be followed to ensure safe and healthy environments for all,” the district said. “The NCSD Smart Start Plan implements the proactive safety measures identified in the governor’s statewide public health orders.”
NCSD shared the following regarding the in-person instruction option:
-In alignment with the statewide public health orders, the NCSD will provide face coverings for students, however, students may bring their own as well. Currently, the Governor’s order, which runs through July 31st, 2020, requires face coverings to be worn during in-person instruction, and on NCSD transportation, when social distancing cannot be maintained. NCSD will continue to align with the Governor’s health orders.
-Social distancing of 6’ or more whenever possible
-Face coverings are required of all students and staff when social distancing cannot be maintained
-Good hygiene (wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t possible, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth)
-Stay home if you are ill or develop symptoms consistent with COVID (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, etc.)
-Cleaning and disinfecting facilities frequently, specifically high touched surfaces; face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained).NCSD
“NCSD is committed to offering a virtual learning option for any student who is unable to return to in-person instruction for the academic year,” the district added.
NCSD provided the following details about the Natrona County’s Virtual Learning Program:
-Established in 2014
-Offers students the opportunity to take core classes and limited elective classes to meet grade-level standards and progress toward graduation
-Grades K- 12
-This is different from the adapted learning environment that was deployed for all students due to COVID-19 at the end of the Spring last year.
The district also shared the following graphic with details about the virtual option:
“Parents and guardians, please check your email or visit the NCSD Website, for more information on how to enroll in Natrona County Virtual Learning Program,” NCSD added. “In the case of COVID-19 within a classroom or school, NCSD will ensure we are prepared to effectively and efficiently transfer instruction, as applicable, for identified settings based on the guidance of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.”
“Every effort will be made to keep schools open while ensuring the safety of all students, staff, and school families. If an outbreak occurs, schools could be closed by state or local public health officers’ directive or order for a 2-5 day period (or longer if conditions warrant) to conduct contact tracing and allow NCSD to disinfect the facility.”