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Catellier dispels rumor that NCSD wants to bring back mask mandate


CASPER, Wyo. — Masks have been optional for Natrona County School District students and staff since the start of the 2021-2022 school year and will continue to be so, according NCSD Board of Trustees Chair Ray Catellier.

A citizen who spoke during the Board of Trustees’ Monday, October 11 said that a rumor had been going around that the school district has been considering some kind of changes to mask rules. He urged the trustees against implementing any requirement surrounding mask wearing.

At the end of the meeting, Catellier said that the rumor the citizen spoke of is just that — a rumor. He said that the Board of Trustees has had no recent discussion relating to mask policies.

Catellier said he thinks it is unlikely that the district will make masks mandatory.

“I don’t foresee that happening,” he said.

Catellier expressed cautious optimism COVID-19 cases will continue to trend downward.

NCSD reported 156 positive COVID-19 cases among students and 31 among staff in the two-week period from September 25 through October 8. In the prior two-week period, 153 students and 29 staff members had tested positive.

Student and staff quarantines due to possible exposure to COVID-19 were also down. There were 393 student and 28 staff quarantines from September 25 through October 8 compared with 540 student and 34 staff quarantines during the prior two-week period.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.