NCSD Information and Updates as Related to Coronavirus

NCSD Updated 3-14-2020 (3:45 pm)

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. 

The state of Wyoming did not have an identified positive case of Coronavirus prior to Wednesday, March 4, 2020. At this time, March 14th, 2020 the Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) has not identified a positive case of Coronavirus in Natrona County. 

If your child is experiencing a fever of 99.5 degrees or higher, cough, or shortness of breath, or any other related symptoms, they are not to come to school. If they do come to school, staff will immediately contact parents/guardians to come to pick them up and it will be requested they contact their primary care provider or the Casper-Natrona County Public Health hotline at 577-9892.

In partnership with Casper-Natrona County Public Health and under the request of Dr. Ghazi Ghanem and Dr. Mark Dowell, the Natrona County Health Officers, the Natrona County School District will be proactively monitoring known NCSD student and staff groups who have traveled within the past 7 days out of state, additionally, we will be monitoring students and staff who fall into the preventative monitoring categories below. 

This is a preventative measure and does not replace the direct guidance, advice, or relationship with an individual’s primary care physician. This does not include testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Once again, if your child is experiencing a fever of 99.5 degrees or greater, cough, shortness of breath, or other illness symptoms, please keep them home and contact your primary care provider or the Casper-Natrona County Public Health hotline at 577-9892.

NCSD designated school personnel will be monitoring students and staff who fall into the following categories: 

Preventative Monitoring Categories: 

  • If students or staff have traveled out of state or to an area impacted with the Coronavirus within the past 7 days, please communicate that information to your school nurse or school administrator.  
  • If you have a direct family member who is exhibiting symptoms such as a fever of 99.5 or higher, shortness of breath, or cough, please communicate that to your school nurse or school administrator. It is requested they contact their primary care provider or the Casper-Natrona County Public Health hotline at 577-9892.

Preventative Measures:

  • If a student or staff member falls into the above listed Preventative Monitoring Categories, NCSD designated school personnel will begin conducting the below precautionary and preventive daily measures: 
    • Daily Fever checks for 99.5 or higher for 2 weeks following travel or potential exposure.
    • If students present with, shortness of breath or cough, they will be sent home from school and it will be requested they contact their primary care provider or the Casper-Natrona County Public Health hotline at 577-9892.
    • Students and staff members who fall into any of the above preventative monitoring categories will be monitored by NCSD designated school personnel for 2 weeks following their travel or potential exposure. 

At this time, the Casper-Natrona County Public Health Department, the Wyoming Department of Health, and other expert health and education agencies have not made a recommendation for NCSD schools to close.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, with frequent information and updates, we will continue to implement precautionary safety measures while working with, and taking guidance from, local, state, and federal health and education officials.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department has set up a hotline for individuals to call for questions on Coronavirus, to receive more information, or if they have symptoms and do not have a primary care provider. This line is currently operating Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. CNCHD is asking the public who may be experiencing symptoms, to please call your primary care provider first. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can call the hotline at 577-9892.

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts as related to the Coronavirus. 


NCSD Updated 3-14-2020 (1:59 pm)

The Natrona County School District is following Governor Gordon’s recommendation to limit gatherings and events of more than 250 persons.

We understand and appreciate recent community questions regarding student population numbers at schools being higher than 250.

The guidance received was specifically directed towards large, public gatherings with various unknown attendee factors. Within daily school operations, we are able to limit unknown visitors into the school environment. 

Additionally, all Principals are proactively working within their buildings to ensure there will not be a gathering of students in contained or combined spaces that include more than 250 students. 

This includes situations such as, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Lunches in contained areas – schools are separating lunch areas as needed
  • Before/After-School Receiving Areas- schools are separating congregating spaces
  • Events/gatherings
  • Etc. 

At this time, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, the Wyoming Department of Health, and other expert health and education agencies have not made a recommendation for NCSD schools to close.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, with frequent information and updates, we will continue to implement precautionary safety measures while working with, and taking guidance from, local, state, and federal health and education officials.

We understand the impact these recent cancellation decisions have on our students, parents, school families, and community. First and foremost, we want to congratulate all the students, staff, and their families and support teams who have worked so hard in earning and celebrating these major accomplishments and successes as related to athletics, activities, and academic events.  Understandably, this was not how you envisioned your season or event ending. 
We commend, and thank you, for your patience and understanding in knowing that student, staff, and community safety is the highest priority for us all. Be proud of your incredible accomplishments and hard work, it is well deserved. We celebrate and congratulate you each on your hard work and success. 
As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. We will work diligently to keep you informed and updated. 


NCSD Updated 3-13-2020 (4:49 pm)

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. 

We are working in direct collaboration with the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department, Wyoming Department of Health, Natrona County Emergency Management Office, Wyoming Department of Education, and other various local, state, and federal agencies to monitor information as related to the Coronavirus.

At this time, the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department has stated there have been no indications of a coronavirus outbreak in Natrona County. Click here for updates from the CDC on COVID-19 in the U.S.

The Natrona County School District is implementing the following precautionary safety measures: 

  • In accordance with Governor Gordon’s request, NCSD gatherings/events of 250 attendees or more will be canceled. This action will remain in place until removed by the Governor’s office.
  • All NCSD Student/Staff travel will be suspended through April 5th. 
    • This includes in-district, in-state, and out-of-state travel for trips, field trips, professional development travel, conferences, etc. All NCSD travel will be suspended through April 5th. 
  • The Wyoming Athletics and Activities Association has suspended all high-school activities and athletic events through March 28th.
    • School athletic and activity practices will occur as scheduled. 
  • All NCSD Facility Usage by external agencies will be canceled through April 12th, 2020.
  • All NCSD schools, buildings, and busses are following designated cleaning and disinfecting procedures and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended guidelines as related to Coronavirus.
    • NCSD is disinfecting all touch surfaces daily in all schools, buildings, and busses until further notice. We are utilizing CDC approved cleaning and disinfecting agents to kill the Coronavirus-19 on surfaces.
  • As related to school closures: daily school operations will continue as normal with the noted exceptions above. We will continue to consult with local/state/federal authorities for guidance and recommendations as related to school operations.
  • This information is subject to change based on any new guidance or information received in coordination with local, state, and federal authorities. 

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts for any potential additional school-related impacts as related to the Coronavirus.

For more information on the Coronavirus please visit the below websites:

Casper-Natrona County Health Department 

Centers for Disease and Control

Wyoming Department of Health

NCSD Updates and Information


NCSD Updated 3-13-2020 (10:00 am)

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. 

All NCSD schools, buildings, and busses are following the designated cleaning and disinfecting procedures and Centers for Disease Control recommended guidelines as related to Coronavirus.  
NCSD is disinfecting all touch surfaces daily in all schools, buildings, and busses until further notice. We are utilizing CDC approved cleaning and disinfecting agents in buildings with known allergies that are documented by a health care official in a 504 health plan. All NCSD utilized cleaning agents are approved by the CDC to kill the Coronavirus-19 on surfaces.
Natrona County School District is working in direct collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health, Casper Natrona County Public Health Department, the Natrona County Emergency Management Office, the Wyoming Department of Education, and other appropriate agencies to monitor information as related to the Coronavirus. 

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts, for any potential school-related impacts (field trips, school operations, activities & athletics) as related to the Coronavirus.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION – https://natronaschools.org/ncsd-information-and-updates-as-related-to-coronavirus/


NCSD Updated 3-12-2020 (5:20 pm)

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. We understand our stakeholders may have questions and concerns as related to this matter. 

At this time, the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department has stated there have been no indications of a coronavirus outbreak in Natrona County. Click here for updates from the CDC on COVID-19 in the U.S.

School operations will continue as normal based on guidance from the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department and Dr. Dowell, Natrona County Health Officer. 

Please see the below information from the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department: 

  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and  mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions
  • Frequent and adequate handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty

If you feel you are sick:

  • Call your primary care provider prior to visiting the office
    • If you do not have a primary care provider you may call the Casper-Natrona County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 307-577-9892
  • DO NOT self-report to the Emergency Room
    • If you are experiencing difficulty breathing please call 911
  • Testing will be determined based on symptoms, recent travel, and other factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in compliance with national and state guidelines.

This is an evolving situation and we will continue to work with the Wyoming Department of Health, Casper Natrona County Public Health Department, the Natrona County Emergency Management Office, the Wyoming Department of Education, and other appropriate agencies to monitor and adjust as related to the Coronavirus. 

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts, for any potential school-related impacts (field trips, school operations, activities & athletics) as related to the Coronavirus.



NCSD Updated 3-12-2020 (10:59 am) 

Natrona County School District is working in direct collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health, Casper Natrona County Public Health Department, the Natrona County Emergency Management Office, the Wyoming Department of Education, and other appropriate agencies to monitor information as related to the Coronavirus. 

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts, for any potential school-related impacts (field trips, school operations, activities & athletics) as related to the Coronavirus.

At this time, the Casper Natrona County Public Health Department has stated there have been no indications of a coronavirus outbreak in Natrona County. Click here for updates from the CDC on COVID-19 in the U.S.

We will continue to provide updates to all stakeholders as they become available. 

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION FROM EXPERT AGENCIES: https://natronaschools.org/information-and-resources-on-coronavirus/


NCSD Updated 3-12-2020 at 10:20 a.m.

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Natrona County School District is continuing to do all we can to ensure safe and healthy environments for students, staff, and school visitors. 

NCSD employs regular and consistent daily cleaning and disinfecting measures for flu and virus outbreaks. Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a daily broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools and busses. 

On, March 11th, 2020 NCSD received updated information from the Natrona County Health Department with recommendations regarding additional precautionary cleaning and disinfectant measures as related to the Coronavirus. 

In response to the Coronavirus, we have taken additional precautionary safety and cleaning measures.

NCSD will immediately start disinfecting all touch surfaces daily in all buildings and school busses until further notice. NCSD has provided additional staffing resources to assist in this direction.  

Maintenance and custodial teams are receiving ongoing and enhanced cleaning protocol information. 

Natrona County School District is working in direct collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health, Casper Natrona County Public Health Department, the Natrona County Emergency Management Office, the Wyoming Department of Education, and other appropriate agencies to monitor information as related to the Coronavirus. 

The safety of our students, staff, and school families remains our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation while working directly with the appropriate public health officials and experts, for any potential school-related impacts (field trips, school operations, activities & athletics) as related to the Coronavirus.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION FROM EXPERT AGENCIES: https://natronaschools.org/information-and-resources-on-coronavirus/

 
 

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