LCSD1 hopeful to remain in-person, amid quarantining several students and staff
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Students in Laramie County have been in school for nearly a week, but administrators are encouraged by the participation of students and faculty to fight Covid by wearing masks, social distancing and vaccinating amid spike in cases.
Laramie County School District implemented a Covid Response Plan from the classroom level to the district level. Administration has been encouraging students to use the 4 + 1 tips: hand hygiene, social distancing, mask-wearing and the plus-one encourages students twelve and older to get vaccinated.
While masks are only required on school transportation and within certain existing protocols, the school is strongly recommending students wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
“I want them to learn; and if that means that we strongly recommend, it is no different than what we have been doing for years, especially in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When the weather turns bad, we strongly recommend you wear some boots, a coat, a hat and some mittens, so you don’t get hypothermia, so you don’t get pneumonia. Those sorts of things that our weather brings about - this is just another challenge we have to face,” said Jim Fraley, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
According the last update on the LCSD1 website, there are currently 500 total quarantined within the district, and 100 total positive cases. Several students and some staff are under quarantine, following response protocol. Fraley said the schools and district are contact-tracing and implementing strict sanitization following positive cases.
Fraley said the district is offering monetary incentives to faculty for vaccinations. Amid the growing cases, Fraley said remaining in-person is of the highest priority.
“We have a goal to be in-person. When we started the school year, we made it; we are in-person. We also have a goal to maintain that. The good news is, we have done this before. We have mitigated those strategies that were presented to us last year and we were able to keep our doors open all year in that in-person learning,” said Fraley.
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