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COVID and Back to School

How schools are preparing for kids return
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 7:05 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As back to school approaches, parents and students wonder what this school year will look like.

But as Covid-Delta numbers continue to rise, Laramie County School District 1 focus is on health, education and what really matters, the kids.

Commended last year by the Wyoming Department of Education for their thorough strategies, the Smart Start plan helped keep Laramie County schools stay open.

They will continue this protocol and will be communicating with parents with updates every two weeks.

Practicing their “Big 4,” of hand washing and sanitizing, staying home when sick, social distancing, and masking up when in close proximity.

“This is not a field trip this is a journey, and as we go through the next few month, we’ll have to work together, because the out put or outcome of this is quarantining.”

Quarantining means homeschooling for students or teachers for 7 to 10 days, impacting the community, parent’s work and the economy.

“Certainly, we know that the best place for our kids is in school. Physically, academically and emotionally is in that social experience. And although we would try and minimize how often students have to be in masks, because we know that’s not really helpful, we want to make sure we’re keeping them safe.”

LCSD-1 will also make vaccine clinics available, with immunizations for students and staff, middle school, and high school athletes.

“We have to start thinking about CoVid as we do our other communicable diseases, we notify families when there’s an outbreak of pertussis or chickpox...its part of the process the health department would have and vaccines are just part of that.”

This year, A.R.P. and C.A.R.E.S Act funds were also used to provide better tech- resources and broadband for students and staff.

This will be used in a larger hybrid plan, if needed, to accommodate teachers or students, whether at home or in school.

“We’ve been able to provide IPads for students and systems for WiFi access, working with some of our partners to enhance that...Then we’re working on what that looks like. Many of our staff have owls in their classes which allow for that virtual experience.”

Crespo emphasizes we should all be focusing on community and family.

“We’re kind of all in this together, and one of the things I’ve always appreciated about Wyoming and the Governor mentioned is, how we really all take care of each other here. I would love to see that continue as we open school. “

Laramie County School District -1 schools will be starting on Aug. 23.

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