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Laramie County School District #1 votes on 4 x 4 schedule and school start date

The LCSD #1 Board of Trustees voted on a couple of issues regarding school in Laramie County on Monday, August 11, 2020.
The LCSD #1 Board of Trustees voted on a couple of issues regarding school in Laramie County on Monday, August 11, 2020.(Grace Foulk / KGWN)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 6:06 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Laramie County School District #1 Board of Trustees voted to start school on August 31, 2020. This means that the district will meet the state requirements for instructional days. After a survey was sent to families and staff in the district, the majority of voters favored an August 31, 2020 start date. That’s according to information shared at the August 11, 2020 meeting. With this start date, the school year will only be extended if there are snow days during the year.

The District’s Board of Trustees also voted to move high school classes to a 4 x 4 schedule. In the meeting, trustees said this schedule would only happen for the 2020-2021 school year. The change is because of the pandemic. Supporters of the change said that it will limit how much contact students have with each other. Supporters also said if a school has to close down, students and teachers will have less to manage with fewer classes in a semester. According to survey results shared in the meeting, Staff and Parents favored the 4 x 4 schedule, but Students favored sticking with the normal block schedule that they have used in the past. One of the trustees who didn’t vote for the 4 x 4 schedule said that students will still come in contact with other students in the hallways and felt optimistic that schools wouldn’t have to close.

You can watch the full board meeting here.

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