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Wyoming receiving $32.56 million in school emergency relief funding


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow says in a Tuesday, July 28 memo that Wyoming is receiving $32.56 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR) funding.

This funding is provided through the federal CARES Act, according to the United States Department of Education. Wyoming school districts can apply for a share of the funding through the Wyoming Department of Education’s Grants Management System.

“These funds are available through September 30, 2022, Balow adds.

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The state has also received $803,305 earmarked for school districts under the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEERS) fund, which is also part of the federal CARES Act, the superintendent adds.

“The WDE will work with the Governor’s office to distribute these funds as well through the GMS system,” Balow states. “School districts will be
notified when the application process begins.”

Balow adds that the Wyoming Department of Education have requested $42.2 million in technology funding, $1.68 million in school nutrition funding and $7.26 million for personal protective equipment.

“The WDE has received preliminary approval for all of these requests,” Balow states. “All funds will be distributed pursuant to a signed Grant Agreement and must be expended by December 30, 2020. Further information on participating in this funding is forthcoming.”

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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.