2020 Reopening Information Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the orders and exceptions for students and staff wearing a face covering?

The following orders are taken directly from the Wyoming Department of Health:

K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools may provide on-site instruction to students and allow other use of their facilities under the following conditions:

  • Groups of students and teachers shall be limited to 50 in each separate room; up to 250 people may be allowed in larger rooms (e.g., cafeterias, auditoriums) if six feet of separation between individuals can be strictly maintained;
  • Spacing of at least 6 feet between people shall be maintained whenever possible; face coverings shall be worn in situations where six feet of separation cannot be maintained;
  • Students, teachers, and school staff shall wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors where six feet of separation cannot be maintained. The following are excepted from the requirement to wear a face covering:
    • Children who are younger than three years of age;
    • Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, including an individual with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could cause harm or dangerously obstruct breathing; K-12 schools shall require documentation from the student's parent/guardian, or the student's medical provider, that the student meets this exception;
    • Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance;
    • Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing while communicating with others, or individuals who are communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, in which case it is recommended that a face shield or alternative protection such as a plexiglass barrier be used (a face shield is a personal protective equipment device which protects the person 's entire face from potentially infectious materials);
    • Individuals who have an Individualized Education Program (lEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. section 1414, or an accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. section 794, that would necessitate exempting the individual from wearing a face covering;
    • Children for whom a face covering may interfere with the ability to effectively participate in educational activities or may increase the risk of disease transmission because of increased hand to face contact; or
    • Individuals engaged in athletic activities.
  • Six foot spacing of students during transportation to and from the facility shall be maintained as much as practicable; face coverings shall be worn during transportation when six feet of separation cannot be maintained, with the exceptions listed in paragraph c above;
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What changes in transportation are anticipated?

  • Transportation after school for LMS and LVHS students participating in activities that utilize practice facilities at other sites has been provided in the past. In order to minimize spread of the virus FCSD #1 will not provide those services this fall. Parents and students will be responsible for obtaining transportation to offsite practice facilities until further notice.
  • Shuttles between buildings will not occur.
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What extra sanitation measures have been implemented?

  • Fremont County School District #1 has acquired 60 airPHX units for all of its educational facilities. These airPHX units utilize patented technology to kill bacteria and other germs in the air and on surfaces. With typical air pathogen reductions of greater than 90% and surface reductions of greater than 95%, airPHX will provide hospital grade disinfection to our facilities. The technology has been tested effective by an independent lab on numerous bacteria and viruses, including human coronavirus. By reducing pathogens and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wyoming Department of Health, FCSD #1, hopes to significantly reduce the likelihood that students, staff, faculty, and visitors will be infected while in our facilities.
  • Additional custodial staff has been hired to assist in increased sanitation efforts.
  • Fogging units and materials used to sanitize buildings can be found on the safety and security link under Departments on our home page.
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What will prompt schools to move from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3?

The district does not have a chart that can consider the multitude of scenarios that could take place but would like our stakeholders to know that this process will consider several factors. The factors listed below will be considered by FCSD #1 in partnership with local and state health officials when considering movement between tiers.

  • Community spread - the degree to which numbers are trending either upward or downward.
  • Total number of positive cases confirmed in a school.
  • Percentage of positive test results in the community.
  • Amount of contact between the person who tested positive and others in the school/community and when that contact occurred.
  • Possible connections between spread of COVID-19 with the school and larger community.

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How will staff address students that are in school who present symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

We put together a decision flowchart that will be used by our nurses to determine when a student will be required to go home.

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When can students or staff return to school after being sent home with symptoms or having acquired a positive test for COVID-19?

The district will use this decision guide and health department guidance in determining when a student or staff can return to school.

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