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FCSD#25 awaits approval of their reopening plan

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Schools across the country are working out their reopening plans, and this district is putting its best foot forward to ensure the learning environment is safe when students return. Superintendent Dr. Joanne Andre-Flanagan said the district is taking into account opinions of community members, parents and school board members regarding reopening decisions.

Flanagan said, “We are working on our district-wide reopening plan with the intent to bring all of our kids back and social distance as much as possible, and minimize masking as much as possible. That’s what I feel like we’ve heard from community members, parents, and the school board. They really want to assure that we’re giving a high quality education, and so [they] feel it’s important to try to bring all of our kids back as much as possible, but also take care of the health related side.”

The plan is submitted to the Wyoming Department of Education, and will comply with State of Wyoming Health Orders. It includes many provisions for social distancing, increased sanitation, food service changes, and safety requirements for transportation. Each building is coming up with its own plan for reopening that they’ll be sharing with families for their input starting this week.

In regard to the building specific reopening plans, Flanagan emphasized it will include what the daily norms will be for students. She stated it will include, ”The day to day, how that will actually look in the building. So when we say we’re going to social distance, and mask when we can’t, what does that mean at Aspen? So if I’m sending a Kindergartner to Aspen Early Learning Center, what is that day going to look like? Or if we say we’re going to health screen all of our kids when they come in the building, at Rendezvous, what does that look like?”

Starting Monday August 3rd, some students will come back to school for compensatory education, and all the safety regulations will be in place.

“It gives us a chance to kind of roll out all of our new protocols and see how they work, and lets us work with some of our kiddos who really struggled when school was shut down last year, and had some significant loss of learning.”

Fremont County School District 25 hopes to hear this week from the state about approval of the reopening plan, which includes a virtual option for students who are not able to attend in person. For more information, visit www.fremont25.org.

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