During his Wednesday (4/15/20) press conference, the Governor reinforced his message for all Wyomingites to stay home and practice social distancing. I was not anticipating any further directions regarding extending school closures, but the Governor did mention that any measures to relax restrictions in the future will be based on specific metrics.  I suspect we will hear something in the next 7 – 10 days regarding an additional health order that would close schools beyond April 30th.

I have been adamant that we keep our employees safe by limiting movement in our buildings and working remotely.  We implemented “staying home” and “working remotely” early so that the school district could contribute significantly to flattening the curve and slowing the spread.  I believe that our efforts made a difference to the low incident of coronavirus in our county, but we are entering the next two weeks that many projections indicate an increasing spread of coronavirus in Wyoming and our community.  Please continue to be diligent with stay home directives and limit your trips for groceries and other essential appointments.  We can continue to slow the spread, stay healthy, and protect others in our community.

Ceremonies and Celebrations (Prom and High School Graduations)

The Governor has not issued an extension to his current health order, but I do not see a scenario that would permit large groups of people to gather for events during the month of May. Specifically, ACSD#1 high schools will not have proms or high school graduations in a customary fashion on their regularly scheduled dates . In addition, the University of Wyoming has closed all facilities, so the Arena Auditorium is not available in May or for the foreseeable future.

We do have a committee planning alternative celebrations and/or delaying ceremonies and events until later in the summer. We will survey parents and seniors in the next few days to define choices and express preferences about alternative celebrations or postponing events.  You can share your perspective by clicking HERE.  The school board will make a decision about these important events at their regularly scheduled board meeting on May 13, 2020.