Laramie Middle School Held Record-Breaking Food Drive

LARAMIE, Wyo. (December 1, 2021) – During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Laramie Middle School (LMS) held a food drive to support families in the county who needed a little extra help during the holiday season. When the food drive was over, LMS totaled a school-record 1,052 items to donate.

“When there’s a need, we’re looking to help supply a lot of great food for the Thanksgiving push to help provide for as many families as possible in Albany County with the essentials,” said Travis Miller, the LMS student leadership advisor. “Our food drive doesn’t necessarily cover the turkey and things like that, but just tons of the non-perishables that help with that event is the goal.”

The LMS food drive was a two-pronged approach. On one side, the Student Leadership Team (SLT) spent Halloween night doing what they call “Trick-or-Can.”

“What they do is, on Halloween night, instead of trick-or-treating for candy, all 48 of my student leadership kids went trick-or-treating for canned goods,” Miller said. “They brought in over 500 cans just from trick-or-treating on Halloween night.”

Miller says the “Trick-or-Can” approach is a great way for student leaders to work on their public speaking skills while putting themselves out there in the community.

“That was pretty great to see,” Miller said. “It’s a great lesson for them. Obviously, it’s great for our community to see leaders, to see our LMS students out and about doing their thing. It’s a lesson in empathy and serving our community.”

After the “Trick-or-Can” night, the SLT brought in over 500 cans of food items. That number is also a new school record for LMS.

“That really set the tone,” Miller said. “When they came in, and normally it’s 200 or 300 cans, but they eclipsed 500 cans on just that alone this year. It was pretty phenomenal just to see how excited they were.”

As for the second prong, there was a school-wide food drive where each grade level competed with each other to see who could donate the most items. At the end of the drive, it was a close race that saw the sixth grade come out on top with 252 cans.

“The sixth grade actually won this year for the total number of cans they brought in, which is cool,” Miller said. “The eighth grade really pushed hard, and it’s a lot of the student government kids that are pushing hard. The sixth graders just rallied really, really well. Today’s actually their pizza party, so Domino’s will get delivered today for them.”

If anyone is still in the giving spirit, Miller says Laramie Interfaith and the Laramie Soup Kitchen are two great places to donate items, especially as it gets colder in Laramie.

“We definitely thank all our parents that supported their students to bring food in,” Miller said. “It doesn’t happen without our great families at the middle school doing their part, as well.”

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Steve Gosar Looking Forward to Serving on ACSD#1 Board of Trustees

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 22, 2021) – Last week, Steve Gosar was selected to fill the open vacancy on the Albany County School District #1 Board of Trustees left by Mark Bittner’s resignation. Gosar ran for the Board last November, and will now get his opportunity to serve on the Board he has been looking forward to joining.

“I’m excited,” Gosar said. “I know there’s going to be a steep learning curve trying to catch up to speed where all the other board members are at. I’m going to try to do my best to chip away as much as I possibly can and get up to speed. I can’t wait to get going. I think Mark did a fantastic job, and I have some big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to starting the process and getting up to speed as fast as I can.”

Gosar has plenty of experience serving on boards. During the interview on Nov. 16, Gosar said that he works on boards and charities here in Laramie. Serving the community is something that Gosar believes is important.

“I believe in the purpose and the cause and doing our part to help out and make our community better,” Gosar said.

On this Board, Gosar hopes to be known as someone who can always be reached and as someone who will listen. During the interview, Gosar stated he knows the time commitment this position requires, and he is ready to learn from his fellow board members and be a representative of the community.

“I hope they see that I’m very available to hear their input and to discuss their perspective,” Gosar said. “Hopefully they see this as an opportunity to have another resource and approachable person on the board they can reach out to and talk about their concerns.”

As a former Wyoming Cowboy basketball player, Gosar understands the importance of working as a team. Gosar said that he wants to bring whatever he can to the Board in order for it to put its best foot forward for the community.

“I’d say I’m a really good teammate,” Gosar said. “I love discussion. I think I’m very open to new ideas and to different perspectives. At the end of the day, this is one team. I think that we all bring different things to the table. It’s the cooperation amongst the team that makes the team stronger.”

And at the end of the day, Gosar knows what serving on this board is all about.

“I’m very passionate about education,” Gosar said. “It’s such a vital part for the next generation. I think it’s a big part of the well-being of a community. I’m just happy that I get a chance to serve and do my part to try to make it the best possible experience for the kids coming through the school system.”

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Steve Gosar Selected to Fill ACSD#1 Board of Trustees Vacancy

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 17, 2021) – At the November 16 Board of Trustees Special Called Meeting, the ACSD#1 Board voted to approve the addition of Steve Gosar to the Board of Trustees, filling the vacancy left by Mark Bittner. Bittner resigned on Oct. 31, citing health issues.

“I serve on a number of boards and charities here in town, and I love working with a group,” Gosar responded when asked why he wanted to join the board during the interview. “Like I said earlier, education is my passion. I think it’s a vital part of our community. It’s important for all of us to step up and take a tour, as well.”

Gosar was one of four candidates that was interviewed during last night’s forum. The four were selected from 16 letters of interest the Board received during the period between Bittner’s resignation and the Board of Trustees Regular Meeting on Nov. 10.

“I would like to thank all of you who were interviewed tonight,” said Chairman Janice Marshall. “I am so impressed with the quality of candidates we had. It was a very difficult decision for us to make. I appreciate your interest and all that each one of you would bring to the board.”

Gosar will serve until November 30, 2022. Gosar may run for school board during the 2022 election cycle. State Statute 21-3-108 states: A vacancy occurring for any cause upon the board of trustees of any school district shall be filled within thirty (30) days by action of the remaining members of the board. A person chosen to fill a vacancy shall serve until the next election of school district trustees. An election shall then be held to fill the unexpired term.

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U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services Issue Pfizer Vaccine Update

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 16, 2021) – Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. The Department of Education and the Department (DoE) of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have provided updated guidance and information to help families learn more.

Information about Pfizer’s new vaccination protocol for children can be found within the DHHS FAQ SHEET, including answers to questions such as, “How do we know the vaccines are safe for kids?,” and “How do the vaccines work?”

To keep students safe and in school, Albany County School District #1 encourages all its eligible staff, students, and families to get vaccinated as another layer of prevention against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vaccines are free to anyone, and vaccination locations can be found at THIS WEBSITE. More information about COVID-19 vaccines for teens and children can be found on the CDC website HERE.

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ACSD#1 Board of Trustees to Fill Vacancy on Nov. 16

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 16, 2021) – The Albany County School District #1 Board of Trustees has scheduled a special called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., for the purpose of filling a vacancy on the board. The vacancy was left by Mark Bittner, when he announced his resignation as of Oct. 31, due to health reasons.

The Board will interview four candidates to fill the vacancy: Mary Alice Bruce, Steve Gosar, Rachel LeBeau, and Jeff Suloff. Jennifer Hess was also selected as a finalist, but she removed herself from consideration.

The Nov. 16 meeting will be entirely virtual and will streamed live on the ACSD#1 YouTube channel.

State Statute 21-3-108 states: A vacancy occurring for any cause upon the board of trustees of any school district shall be filled within thirty (30) days by action of the remaining members of the board. A person chosen to fill a vacancy shall serve until the next election of school district trustees. An election shall then be held to fill the unexpired term.

The ACSD#1 Board of Trustees received 16 letters of interest before narrowing the field to five candidates during an executive session at the Nov. 10 Regular Meeting.

This seat will represent Area A which includes areas of the county inside Laramie city limits except for Cottonwood Estates and the Roach addition.

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ACSD#1 Board of Trustees Approves COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, Including Universal Masking in K-12 Facilities, Through Dec. 17

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 11, 2021) – At the November 10 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting, the board voted to approve the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, which includes universal masking in K-12 facilities, through Friday, Dec. 17.

This mask requirement is an extension of the requirement already in place in all K-12 facilities. The Dec. 17 deadline reflects the Friday that immediately precedes the scheduled Winter Break for all K-12 schools in the district.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The Board decided this recent development is a reason to push the district’s mask requirement to Dec. 17.

The Board determined that since the two-week Winter Break starts the Monday following Dec. 17, families that choose to vaccinate against COVID-19 will have until Monday, Jan. 3, to have their children fully vaccinated before school resumes.

The purpose of the mask requirement is to help ensure students remain in school by helping to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) quarantine guidelines state that if a person is not wearing a mask and tests positive for COVID-19, anyone in close contact with that person must also quarantine. Vaccinated individuals will not have to quarantine, but WDH guidelines recommend they monitor for symptoms and test 3-5 days after the last known exposure. More quarantine scenarios can be found in the Decision Guide on page 15 of the Operations Plan.

Close contact is defined by WDH as being within six feet of a COVID positive individual for 15 minutes or more, beginning 48 hours before the onset of symptoms of the positive person.

In addition to the Dec. 17 date, the Board will also revisit the mask requirement if one of two metrics are met. The first is if the county vaccination rate is at least 70%. The second is if the Wyoming Department of Health lists Albany County in its Yellow Zone (Moderate Transmission Level) for a continuous three-week period. Albany County is currently in the Orange Zone (Moderate-High Transmission Level). Either of these events would prompt the school board to consult with state and local health officials and consider relaxing the face mask requirement.

The WDH provides a weekly update on the transmission levels of COVID-19 in the state based on indicators developed by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. These color-coded levels are based on these specific indicators: 1) cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period, 2) the percent of positive cases over the previous 14-day period, and 3) the current number of active cases. During most of the summer, Albany County was in the Light Green Zone (Low Transmission Level). An analysis of the transmission level indicators is a significant factor for decision making.

The District will continue to practice social distancing as much as possible, utilize increased ventilation, and promote hand washing in schools to help stop the spread of the virus.

The District will be able to provide students with masks if they forget one, or if their mask gets dirty during the day.

The Operations Plan (linked above) includes options for Remote Learning for parents who do not wish to send their children to school in person.

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ACSD#1 Elementary Schools Heading to Cowgirl Basketball Game on Tuesday

LARAMIE, Wyo. (November 8, 2021) – Elementary schools in Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) will participate in Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball’s “Education Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Cowgirls are hosting CSU-Pueblo in their season-opener at 11 a.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

At the game, students will be grouped in the stands by school. Schools will social distance as much as possible at the game, and masks will be worn by students and staff.

Students will travel to the game in the mid-morning, and will return to school before the end of the school day. Therefore, students will eat lunch at the game, and are asked to bring a cold lunch to school. If students can not bring a cold lunch, please let their school know so they can provide a lunch.

Other school districts from around the state will also be attending the “Education Day” game.

If you have any further questions about the field trip to the game, please contact your student’s school.

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New Spring Creek Principal Amanda Barham is All About Celebrations and Service

LARAMIE, Wyo. (October 28, 2021) – This summer, Amanda Barham was named the newest principal of Spring Creek Elementary. The biggest thing she wants out of her first year is to celebrate with her students as much as possible.

“Our goal at Spring Creek is going to be for all students to show growth,” Barham said. “So, we are going to celebrate big changes in growth, and we are going to celebrate even the smallest growth. That’s what we’re here for. Yes, we want them to be proficient in WYTOPP. Yes, we want them to hit all of their benchmarks, but sometimes we have to stop and realize that even small steps of growth are more important than being proficient on those state assessments.”

The celebrations don’t stop with the students. Barham has been a teacher for 25 years, and has spent the last few as an administrator at Laramie Middle School. Barham knows how important the teachers are to the students’ success.

Barham wants the teachers at Spring Creek to feel that their accomplishments are also noticed, which is something she will carry over from her time at LMS.

“I learned the importance of celebrating staff,” Barham said of her tenure as an assistant principal at LMS. “When we all get together after a hard day’s work, and we can celebrate even the smallest stuff, it just makes an environment that we want to be at and that we are encouraged to just keep going and going, even when it gets hard.”

Those 25 years of teaching experience have shown that, yes, there can be hard times. But for Barham, it’s all worth it because she is in the business of helping kids.

“Really, working in education is all about the kids and providing them with opportunities to be successful based on who they are,” Barnham said.

Success in the classroom for the students starts at the top with the principal, and the principal’s philosophies can then come out in the teachers. That’s why Barham wants to be thought of as the type of leader who will do anything for her teachers.

“I definitely am a servant leader,” Barham said. “I want to do the things to help make your job easier. Sometimes, I think we ask more and more of teachers when there are things I can do to help them. I would never ask anyone in this building to do anything that I wouldn’t help them do.”

Barham doesn’t just talk about being the type of person to help the teachers in her building. When she was at LMS, Barham would come in early in order to get managerial tasks finished by 7 a.m. This allowed her to roam about the school and help students, have chats with staff, and make sure everyone had what they needed to be successful.

Barham’s 25 years in education have taken her from Casper to Laramie to Arkansas and back to Laramie. But one thing is clear about Barham no matter where she is teaching, the kids are the most important part of the job.

“I just want to try to get kids to love what they’re doing in school,” Barham said.

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Mark Bittner Resigns from ACSD#1 Board of Trustees

LARAMIE, Wyo. (October 27, 2021) – Due to personal health reasons, Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman Mark Bittner has decided to resign effective Sunday, Oct. 31. Bittner shared his decision in a letter to the Board of Trustees.

“This is something I don’t want to do, but it is simply something that I must do,” Bittner wrote. “Based on my current health condition, I don’t think that it would be wise for me to push forward on Board work. I do regret this because I think we have so much more to tackle as a Board, and I was very much looking forward to some of our discussions and policy work.”

Bittner spent the last five years representing Area A, which refers to the Laramie city limits, excluding Cottonwood Estates and Roach Addition. Bittner was chosen by his peers on the Board to serve as the Vice-Chairman of the Board.

“Thank you Mark for your leadership on the Board for the past five years,” said Board Chair Janice Marshall. “You brought valuable experiences and perspective. Your calm, caring spirit promoted a kind environment. I know that you have not made this decision lightly. Even though I will miss you, I respect your decision to put your health first. I am very grateful for your service to the community. I have learned so much from you and have enjoyed working together.”

According to state statute 21-3-108, a vacancy occurring for any cause upon the Board of Trustees of any school district shall be filled within thirty (30) days by action of the remaining members of the board. A person chosen to fill a vacancy shall serve until the next election of school district trustees. An election shall then be held to fill the unexpired term.

A search to replace Bittner will begin immediately by the ACSD#1 Board of Trustees. Anyone who resides in Area A, as outlined above, and is interested in applying for the open position can send a Letter of Interest to the board via email at boardofeducation@acsd1.org. The deadline for letters of interest is 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

“I thank Janice for her leadership, her patience, and her mentorship as I learned the ropes of the district,” Bittner added. “I also appreciate each and everyone one of you for the unique skills that you all bring to the table. And above all – thank you to Dr. Yennie for all the amazing, difficult, and important work that he has led the district with. There is no more important work than what all of you do to support the teachers and students of this district.”

The Board of Trustees will discuss how it plans to move forward in filling the vacancy on Nov. 3 during its previously scheduled board retreat.

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Weekly District Update - Oct. 18

ROCK RIVER SCHOOL

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for October 21 & 22. They will begin at 3:45pm and end at 7:00pm each day. Elementary teachers have been contacting parents for the past week, so if you haven’t already made an appointment with them, please feel free to reach out to them. For secondary students, we are asking parents to call the school and set an appointment with Tammie. She will arrange the schedule to best meet your needs. We only have a few students signed up for conferences in grades 7-12, so if you haven’t made your appointments, please call the school this week. 307-721-4265

Conferences can be held in person, via phone, or Zoom. Please indicate your preference when you call the office.

Spirit Week

October 18 – Hibernation Monday – wear your pajamas to school

October 19 – Timberline Tuesday – Hunter or cammo attire

October 20 – Favorite Flannel – Wear your favorite flannel

October 21 – Blue and White Day – Show your school spirit! Wear your favorite blue and white Longhorn gear!

Counselor’s Corner

If you need assistance for Christmas presents for the holidays this year, please contact our counselor Megan Plant (mplant@acsd1.org). We are teaming up with the Christmas for Kids program in Laramie this year. Also, if you are interested in food backpacks for your family or in need of winter coats, please let Ms. Plant know that as well. Stay warm this weekend!

LARAMIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Parent Teacher Conferences

It's a short week for students, but a full week for teachers and families as we prepare for fall conferences.  All families are encouraged to schedule a conference with all of their student's teachers.  Conferences  are Wednesday from 3:30-7:30 and Thursday from 8:00-7:00.  Families sign up for conferences using PTCFast.  Families can attend in person or over Zoom.  Please let us know when signing up if you are coming in person or via Zoom by putting either in 'in-person' or 'Zoom' after your last name.  For example, John Smith-Zoom.

In person attendees will be required to follow all current COVID guidelines and procedures which includes wearing a mask while inside.   We hope to see everyone in person or through Zoom during conferences.  Please contact the school if you need any assistance signing up. Due to conference students will be dismissed at 11:23 on Wednesday and there is no school for students on the 21st and 22nd.

Use This Link to Sign Up For Conferences

Use This Link to Access Teacher Zoom Links for Conferences

Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner.  I know many LMS students get excited about their costumes, trick-or-treating, and other Halloween activities.  Since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, we will not be allowing costumes at school.  Students should save their Halloween spirit for the 31st so they are ready to go.

INDIAN PAINTBRUSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

It's amazing how quickly the days and weeks continue to fly by. IPES students are continuing to demonstrate their knowledge in the classroom, and their GRIT-E-ness in and around the building. As a school, our GRIT-E buck collection is nearing the fourth bar on the GRIT-E Trough, which means a celebration might be coming soon. Our goal is to reach the fourth bar on the trough by Wednesday, October 20th. Our first IPES Great Hall will take place outdoors on Wednesday morning to provide an update about our GRIT-E buck collection and introduce our upcoming focus trait, GRATITUDE! Please make sure your student arrives on time that morning to ensure they can take part in the Great Hall!

Here are a few important reminders and updates:

If you haven't already done so, please sign up for a Parent teacher conference - **If your preference is a VIRTUAL conference, please add (Zoom) after your name when signing up.** Here is the PTC Fast link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Indian_Paintbrush

We respectfully ask that a mask be worn inside the building during conferences.

Wednesday, Oct. 20th - Half day for students, release at 11:30am. LUNCH WILL NOT BE SERVED THIS DAY, per Central Kitchen. Conferences begin at 3:00pm and conclude at 7:30pm

Thursday, Oct. 21st - Conferences begin at 8:00am and conclude at 7:00pm

Friday, Oct. 22nd - No School

Halloween

IPES will celebrate Halloween for the last hour of the school day. Students will participate in a school wide outdoor costume parade and return to classrooms for snacks and festivities. The IPES PTA has graciously offered to provide a snack and juice. Although IPES staff appreciate everyone's willingness to provide treats, we ask that students not bring any food items to school. Costumes must not cover the face, contain blood or paints, or be gory. Costume toy weapons need to stay home.

LINFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Parent Teacher Conferences

It is the time of year to schedule a parent/teacher conference. We will be holding conferences on Wednesday, October 20 from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Thursday, October 21 from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

This year our conferences will be in-person and will follow all ACSD1 COVID- 19 policies. However, you can request a Zoom or phone conference through your teacher, if you would prefer that option.

It is our goal at Linford to have a conference with 100% of our families. In order to achieve this goal we ask for your support in scheduling a conference with your teacher(s).

We are using an online scheduling site to schedule our conferences. Please use the link below to access the scheduling website. If you need assistance, please call Linford. Thank you and we will see you soon!

LINK: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Linford_Elementary_School

Halloween Information

This year classrooms will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 29th.

We will conduct our annual costume parade beginning at approximately 8:15 on the 29th. Families are invited to watch from the playground.

Please watch for specific information related to parties coming soon from your teacher.

Students should wear their costume to school on October 29th. We ask that costumes be school appropriate. This means students should avoid bringing bloody/gory masks, any item that simulates a weapon, or clothing that would violate the ACSD1 dress code policy. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

SPRING CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Parent Teacher Conferences

It is not too late to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference. Please contact Jerri as soon as possible to schedule. The main doors to the building will be open for conferences. As a reminder, the district mandate asks for visitors to wear a mask in our building. Conferences are Oct. 20-21

Halloween

Spring Creek will celebrate Halloween on October 29. Students will come to school in their bootiful costume and our parade will begin a t8:15. To allow parents to attend our spooktacular parade, the students will be parading outside beginning with the kindergarten class heading east to create a full circle around our building. Individual classes will line up to view the parade and await their turn to join the line. Individual classroom parties will occur throughout the day, please check with your teacher for detailed information. Students will change out of their costumes before lunch, please send a change of clothes with your student.

ACSD#1 Board of Trustees Approves COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, Including Universal Masking in K-12 Facilities, Through Nov. 12

LARAMIE, Wyo. (October 14, 2021) – At the October 13 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting, the board voted to approve the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, which includes universal masking in K-12 facilities, through Friday, Nov. 12.

This mask requirement is an extension of the requirement already in place in all K-12 facilities. The Nov. 12 deadline reflects the first Friday that follows the next Board of Trustees Regular Meeting. That meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 10, where the board can vote on whether to continue the mitigation plan or not.

The purpose of the mask requirement is to help ensure students remain in school by helping to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) quarantine guidelines state that if a person is not wearing a mask and tests positive for COVID-19, anyone in close contact with that person must also quarantine. Vaccinated individuals will not have to quarantine, but WDH guidelines recommend they monitor for symptoms and test 3-5 days after the last known exposure. More quarantine scenarios can be found in the Decision Guide on page 15 of the Operations Plan.

Close contact is defined by WDH as being within six feet of a COVID positive individual for 15 minutes or more, beginning 48 hours before the onset of symptoms of the positive person.

In addition to the Nov. 12 date, the Board will also revisit the mask requirement if one of two metrics are met. The first is if the county vaccination rate is at least 70%. The second is if the Wyoming Department of Health lists Albany County in its Yellow Zone (Moderate Transmission Level) for a continuous three-week period. Albany County is currently in the Orange Zone (Moderate-High Transmission Level). Either of these events would prompt the school board to consult with state and local health officials and consider relaxing the face mask requirement.

The WDH provides a weekly update on the transmission levels of COVID-19 in the state based on indicators developed by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. These color-coded levels are based on these specific indicators: 1) cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period, 2) the percent of positive cases over the previous 14-day period, and 3) the current number of active cases. During most of the summer, Albany County was in the Light Green Zone (Low Transmission Level). An analysis of the transmission level indicators is a significant factor for decision making.

The District will continue to practice social distancing as much as possible, utilize increased ventilation, and promote hand washing in schools to help stop the spread of the virus.

The District will be able to provide students with masks if they forget one, or if their mask gets dirty during the day.

The Operations Plan (linked above) includes options for Remote Learning for parents who do not wish to send their children to school in person.

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Oct. 13 Public Comment Update

To ensure that important school district business be conducted efficiently while respecting the viewpoint of community stakeholders, public comment for the Oct. 13 Board of Trustees meeting has been limited to 15 people. As has been the practice, each speaker will be limited to three (3) minutes.

As a reminder, there will be no tolerance for profanity or personal attacks. Anyone violating these rules or going over their allotted time will be cut off as we strive to maintain a professional and orderly meeting. We thank you for understanding and for your interest in sharing public comment with the board.