LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 21, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) will continue to use recommended mitigation strategies in its schools, including the use of face coverings, until transmission levels in the county are lowered.

The guidelines ACSD#1 has been using are from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and include three metrics which assess the degree of community transmission. The WDH website includes cases per 100,000 population and percentage of test positivity over a two-week period as Transmission Indicators. You can find the latest County Metrics here.

The WDH updates the information weekly, but ACSD#1 monitors cases daily and consults with the County Health Officer, Dr. Jean Allais, regularly. Dr. Allais’ recent recommendation is that there is an increase in community transmission, and the schools should continue to follow the current state health orders. State Health orders are updated every two weeks.

ACSD#1 is aware that other school districts have requested waivers from the state health orders, and the state health officer as approved some and denied others. ACSD#1 Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yennie anticipates that when Albany County is tracking in the Lowest Transmission Level (Dark Green), the district will consider requesting a waiver if state health orders still require face coverings in schools.

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