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CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District has prepared 2021-2022 “Starting of School Guidelines” which will be discussed during the Board of Trustees’s Monday, August 9 work session.

Unless local, state or federal health orders require, the district says that face coverings will be optional for all students and staff. Federal executive orders currently require face coverings be worn on all school buses.

“[S]tudents/staff will not be bullied or shamed for wearing a face covering or not wearing a face covering,” NCSD says.

Students and staff who are ill will be asked to stay home and consult with healthcare providers. NCSD will be encouraging hand washing and will provide sanitizer stations in schools.

NCSD notes that the Casper-Natrona County Health Department “has the authority to place students or staff in isolation or quarantine based on contact tracing.”

Social distancing of three feet will be encouraged when possible based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.

“Areas will be made available for students who choose to social distance before school, during lunches, and after school,” NCSD says.

The district will provide personal protective equipment upon request. NCSD will follow cleaning, disinfection and sanitizing protocols.

“Food Services will be provided as usual including self-service bars,” NCSD says. “Athletics and activities will operate with no restrictions.”

The school district will provide wireless internet service through the mobile network operator Kajeet if needed by students. Technology devices will be provided to students.

“Teachers must have prepared lessons in the learning management system in case there is a need to transition to a Classroom-Based Virtual Environment (CBVE),” the district adds. “NCSD will continue to utilize remote learning for students.”

“Natrona County Virtual Program continues to be an enrollment option for students (semester transitions based on availability).”

The district says that it will provide updates regarding COVID-19 guidelines and orders as the year progresses.

“Information will be communicated via direct Parent News email, Admin/Staff News, NCSD Website, Social Media, and shared via community news agencies,” the district says.

NCSD will report new student and staff absences related to COVID-19 quarantines and isolations on a bi-weekly basis. That will be reported based on parent/guardian reports or by individuals employees.

“If you have any questions or comments please email NCSD Public Relations
(communications@myncsd.org),” the district adds.

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