Lcsd1 school district reopening plan for the fall

CONTACT: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Boyd Brown, 771-2121

Officials at Laramie County School District 1 are developing aplan for schools to reopen with in-person instruction on Monday, Aug. 24 using the Wyoming Department of Education’s recommended Smart Start framework.

The framework consists of three tiers, which will be in place depending on county health guidelines. According to LCSD1 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Boyd Brown, the goal is to open school using Tier I guidelines, which would mean schools are open to students with new health precautions, social distancing and mask use when social distancing is not possible.

“LCSD1 is committed to following the Smart Start framework provided by the Wyoming Department of Education and recommendations from our Laramie County health officer,” Brown said. 

According to the framework, Tier II would be a combination of in-person instruction with possible intermittent closures and quarantining of students and staff. Tier III is the full closure of school, similar to what occurred in March. Depending on where the community stands with COVID-19, the district will be poised to pivot into each of the tiers depending on need.

In addition, the district is in the process of developing a virtual K-12 school for parents who do not feel comfortable having their students return for in-person instruction. Detailed information and registration procedures will be provided at the beginning of August.

Brown explained each nuance of this plan is being developed and will be submitted to the WDE at the beginning of August. Once approved by WDE and county health officials, the plan will be released. 

In June, the district surveyed parents/guardians to get their feedback prior to developing the plan.

“We are working to create and implement a plan which best suits the needs of our students, staff and families,” Brown said. “This is a challenging time, but our goal is to make it happen while keeping safety and health in mind.”