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PHOTOS: Some NCSD students in classrooms for first time since March for summer school

(Park Elementary School, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Summer school is underway in the Natrona County School District. The district and Park Elementary School shared a glimpse of students’ return to the classroom for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today was a great day to be a Park Ranger,” Park Elementary School said on Facebook. “We welcomed back students for the first time in nearly 5 months for Summer School.”

“Special thanks to our Summer School Staff: Mrs. Yurko, Mrs. Stoneking, Mrs. Oyloe, Mrs. Price, Mrs. Cecil, Doña Lupe & Maestra Garcia and to our partners at Cottonwood Elementary for being our gracious hosts.”

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Students wear face coverings in classrooms when six feet of distance can’t be maintained. Wyoming’s statewide public health orders require the use of face coverings in schools when this distance can’t be ensured. (Park Elementary School, Facebook)

NCSD also expressed excitement about students coming back for summer school.

“We’ve missed the joyful laughter filling the hallways and excitement of learning,” the district said. “We are dedicated to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff, and school families while ensuring educational excellence continues in Natrona County.”

NCSD has also released guidance related to their “Smart Start Reopening Plan” as summer school gets underway and the district prepared for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

When students can be spaced further apart, they can take off their face coverings. (Park Elementary School, Facebook)

“The intent of NCSD’s 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 is implementing the following health and safety practices during the summer school program:

  • Students and staff must stay home if they are sick. 
  • Restrictions on group sizes remain in place.
  • Social distancing of at least 6ft or greater will remain in effect.
    • If unable to social distance, protective gear – such as face coverings will be required to be worn. 
    • Specifically, students utilizing NCSD Bus Transportation to and from school will be required to socially distance and wear a face covering while on the bus. 
  • Hand washing stations, or hand sanitizer, will be readily available. 
  • Facilities will be disinfected by supervising staff members between each session and follow NCSD Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol for Flu and Virus Outbreaks.  
  • Students and staff will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms are present, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. 
  • Access to buildings will continue to be controlled and monitored.

“Protocols identified for the return of summer school learning and summer athletics and activities may be revised in accordance with all directives or orders of the Governor of the State of Wyoming and/or the Casper-Natrona County Health Department as restrictions ease or tighten during this time,” NCSD says.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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:

  • 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.