NCSD COVID-19 COMMUNICATION UPDATE

November 10th, 2020

The Natrona County School District is committed to continuing to provide an exceptional education for all students while ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all. We wanted to take a moment to share information about a couple of recently asked questions regarding COVID-19 impacts within NCSD. 

The priority question we want to address is, “are schools going to close?” 

At this time, there has been no determination or active discussion of closing NCSD schools. We are committed to continuing to provide in-person instruction for students. 

 NCSD has not received information from our county health officials or the Casper-Natrona County Health Department of identified spread or an outbreak within the school environment. However, we are seeing an increase in students and staff members in quarantine or isolation. This directly reflects what is occurring within our community. 

 As outlined within the NCSD Smart Start Reopening Plan there are varying levels of tiered instruction that may be implemented, as needed, to support the educational environment. NCSD will continue to monitor, with the information provided to us by county health officials, the impacts of COVID-19 within the district. If it is reported to us by CNCHD or county health officials there is documented spread or outbreak within a classroom, athletic team or activity group, program, school, or district facility the district will take the necessary steps to continue to ensure student and staff safety. This may mean a partial or brief closure of a classroom, event, school, or other district-related programs. 

 We will continue to follow state health orders within all district facilities which include social distancing, wearing face coverings when unable to socially distance, proper handwashing hygiene, as well as students, staff, and school visitors staying home when sick. The number of students on quarantine or isolation utilizing remote learning, combined with the number of staff members on quarantine and isolation, is placing additional stress on all district operations.

 Our teachers, staff, students, Board of Trustees, healthcare workers, and community members are working harder than ever to navigate and overcome the challenges placed upon us due to this global pandemic. We are continuously grateful for all of our dedicated staff members who continue to go above and beyond to make sure education continues in Natrona County. We appreciate our community members for their assistance in helping us keep schools open by following the COVID-19 guidelines as provided by health officials. 

Another question received is regarding the transition from daily updates of student and staff known COVID-19 positives to a weekly provided update. The intention is and continues to be, to provide transparent and accurate information with our stakeholders on our COVID-19 Community Dashboard.

As reported by our community health officials and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 impacts within the community. Understandably so, this has meant a lengthier amount of time in health officials processing information and in reporting student and staff positives to the Natrona County School District. Over the course of the past few weeks, information was not always able to be reported to NCSD daily and at times the information was reported in a batch format or delayed. We want to ensure we are providing accurate information and consistent updates with all stakeholders. We share our sincere appreciation for the dedicated work of all healthcare personnel and the continued supportive partnership we have with the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and local health officials. We will continue to evaluate our communication platforms and if changes present themselves which allow for the continuation of accurate daily updates we may reevaluate our communication approach to meet the needs of stakeholders. 

We appreciate your partnership and support as we work together to provide a high-quality learning environment for all students while maintaining our commitment to the safety and health of all students, staff, and the community. We continue to welcome and appreciate all feedback received. Questions and feedback can be sent to communications@myncsd.org, we will continue to monitor frequently asked questions and work to provide timely updates and information.

 
 

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