Media Coverage and Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing visitors in the classroom. This includes media. District administration will be reviewing protocols biweekly.

If you are interested in covering an event, Community Relations office staff will work with the school principal/staff to coordinate an alternate arrangement,

You can contact the Community Relations Office at 771-2192, 771-2238 or 771-2239.

Press Releases

a month ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carla Bankes, LCSD1 Nutrition Services Administrator
10-26-2021

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District sees milk shortages due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Along with other schools across the nation, Laramie County School District 1 is struggling to receive enough milk to provide for students at breakfast and lunch.

“This year, due to the effects of the pandemic, we are experiencing unprecedented supply-chain challenges,” said Carla Bankes, LCSD1’s Nutrition Services program administrator.

Bankes, said they are encouraging students to bring refillable water bottles. Bottle fillers are available at all schools.

Bankes explained her department has been able to ward off other pandemic-caused food shortages by purchasing larger quantities and using direct shipments.

However, since milk is a perishable item and the shortage is widespread, she said they do not have a ready solution.

“We continue to problem solve,” she said. “Whatever is served must align with the National Food Program. We have evaluated other options including bottled water, but there is also bottling shortage.”

Additionally, the shortages could impact schools at different times, causing some schools to have milk or other items when others do not.

“We ask parents and staff to be patient as we work through this nationwide shortage,” Bankes said. “With a little grace, we will navigate these issues just as we have done throughout the pandemic.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo, margaret.crespo@laramie1.org
10-22-2021

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Weekly COVID-19 Update

In coordination with the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD), Laramie County School District 1 has numerous safety protocols in place. However, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, exposure can happen.

From Friday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 21, the district was notified 35 students and seven staff members reported a positive COVID-19 test result.

These individuals were at the following locations—Administration Building, Afflerbach Elementary, Alta Vista Elementary, Anderson Elementary, Baggs Elementary, Carey Junior High, Cheyenne Virtual School, Clawson-Willadsen Elementary, Dildine Elementary, East High, Jessup Elementary, Johnson Junior High, McCormick Junior High, Meadowlark Elementary, Pioneer Park Elementary, Rossman Elementary, Saddle Ridge Elementary, South High, Transportation and Triumph High.

Those who had direct contact with any of the individuals who tested positive will be contacted and will receive guidance regarding next steps.

Students, parents and staff members are highly encouraged to wear face coverings. If individuals feel ill or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and contact a health care provider for assistance.

Due to privacy laws, we cannot release the identities of students or staff members.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo, margaret.crespo@laramie1.org
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10-15-2021

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Weekly COVID-19 Update

In coordination with the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD), Laramie County School District 1 has numerous safety protocols in place. However, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, exposure can happen.

From Friday, Oct. 8 through Thursday, Oct. 14, the district was notified 29 students and six staff members reported a positive COVID-19 test result.

These individuals were at the following locations—Arp Elementary, Carey Junior High, Central High, Cole Elementary, Deming/Miller Elementary, Dildine Elementary, East High, Fairview/Lebhart Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Gilchrist Elementary, Hebard Elementary, Hobbs Elementary, Jessup Elementary, Johnson Junior High, McCormick Junior High, Meadowlark Elementary, Prairie Wind Elementary, Saddle Ridge Elementary, South High and Triumph High.

Those who had direct contact with any of the individuals who tested positive will be contacted and will receive guidance regarding next steps.

Students, parents and staff members are highly encouraged to wear face coverings. If individuals feel ill or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and contact a health care provider for assistance.

Due to privacy laws, we cannot release the identities of students or staff members.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo, margaret.crespo@laramie1.org
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10-8-2021

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Weekly COVID-19 Update

In coordination with the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD), Laramie County School District 1 has numerous safety protocols in place. However, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, exposure can happen.

From Friday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 7, the district was notified 43 students and 14 staff members reported a positive COVID-19 test result.

These individuals were at the following locations—Anderson Elementary, Baggs Elementary, Bain Elementary, Carey Junior High, Central High, Cole Elementary, Deming/Miller Elementary, Dildine Elementary, East High, Educational Annex, Fairview/Lebhart Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Goins Elementary, Hebard Elementary, Hobbs Elementary, Jessup Elementary, Johnson Junior High, McCormick Junior High, Meadowlark Elementary, Pioneer Park Elementary, Prairie Wind Elementary, South High, Sunrise Elementary and Triumph High.

Those who had direct contact with any of the individuals who tested positive will be contacted and will receive guidance regarding next steps.

Students, parents and staff members are highly encouraged to wear face coverings. If individuals feel ill or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and contact a health care provider for assistance.

Due to privacy laws, we cannot release the identities of students or staff members.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mary Quast, Community Relations, mary.quast@laramie1.org
6-24-2021

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Mark your Calendar

Laramie County School District 1 stakeholders are encouraged to mark their calendars to attend the Board of Trustees meeting in person or virtually via livestream on Monday, July 12, at 6 p.m.

At this time, LCSD1’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margaret Crespo will release the details of her 100 Day Entry Plan.

Crespo will officially assume her position on Thursday, July 1.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting may watch the recording, which will be available on the district’s YouTube channel. In addition, details will be posted on the district website, www.laramie1.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Superintendent Dr. Boyd Brown, boyd.brown@laramie1.org
6-3-2021

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LCSD1 to hold in-person board meetings

Due to the removal of Public Health Orders on June 1, Laramie County School District 1 will be allowing stakeholders to attend board meetings in person, starting with the meeting on Monday, June 7.

Following guidance from our state health officers, the district recommends attendees wear face coverings; however, they are not required.

LCSD1 Board of Trustees meetings will still be accessible by Zoom and streamed on YouTube. The Zoom link is available on the district website, www.laramie1.org, under Board of Trustees.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carla Bankes, Carla.bankes@laramie1.org 
5-10-2021

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LCSD1 to continue feeding program through summer

Laramie County School District 1’s Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals for children ages 18 months to 18 years from Monday, June 21 through Friday, Aug. 13.

Each bag will contain a breakfast and a lunch. Nutrition Services will not serve meals on Monday, July 5.

Food bag pickup will be held from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following sites.

  •  McCormick Junior High—Bus loop on the East side of the building
  •  Arp Elementary—West side of the parent/staff parking lot
  •  South High—Northeast corner of parking lot
  •  Eastridge Facility—Back side of the building. Enter off Pershing

Summer school students at will be provided a breakfast and a lunch at the following locations,

  •  Afflerbach Elementary
  •  Baggs Elementary
  •  Davis Elementary
  •  Goins Elementary
  •  Meadowlark Elementary
  •  Prairie Wind Elementary
  •  South High
  •  Sunrise Elementary

Meals will be provided to Community Recreation and Events students at Romero Park and Pioneer Park Center, ASK students at Arp Elementary and students at Triumph High.

Summer Academy students will be provided breakfast and lunch at Arp Elementary, Cole Elementary, Fairview-Lebhart Elementary, Rossman Elementary and Saddle Ridge Elementary.

All meals served to enrolled students over the summer will be grab and go. Some of the meals will have a warm entrée. The Summer School/Academy sites will not be open to the public. Meals for the public will be provided at the mobile sites listed above.

Free meals for all students will continue next school year as the USDA has extended some waivers. To ensure continued funding for the Nutrition Services program, families should still fill out free and reduced meal applications.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:Mary Marchand, mary.marchand@laramie1.org
5-7-2021

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LCSD1 to offer summer music classes

Starting June 14 through July 22, Laramie County School District 1 will hold music lessons for students. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for half an hour.

Students going into fourth grade or older are encouraged to participate in classes for string instruments and students going into fifth grade or older may participate in band classes. Band and orchestra instrument classes are offered; however piano and guitar lessons are not being held.

Classes have limited space and students are encouraged to contact their school music teacher for an application. Instruments may be rented or bought through a local music dealer. Large instruments such as a cello or tuba may be available through the school.

Classes are $50 and parents are asked to make checks payable to LCSD1.

For more information, contact your school music teacher or Mary Marchand at mary.marchand@laramie1.org.

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CONTACT:Dawn Guffey, 771-2188
4-21-2021

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District to hold online household registration and address verification April 12-23

Families with students enrolled at Laramie County School District 1 schools will complete online household registration and address verification from April 12-23 using their Infinite Campus Portal account.

During this time, families must bring proof of address verification to their child’s school. Acceptable forms of verification include light/gas bills, lease agreements and mortgage contracts dated within 30 days of online household registration. Water, cable and phone bills will not be accepted.

Cheyenne Virtual School students registering for next year, will complete the online household registration and then will provide proof of address at Cheyenne Virtual School located at the Eastridge Facility, 1780 E. Pershing Blvd.

 

“It is very important for parents to complete the process by April 23,” said LCSD1 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Tracey Kinney. “After that time students may lose their seat at theirboundary area school.”

Parents/guardians with kindergarten students will attend Kindergarten Registration/Address Verification April 12-16. At this time, kindergarten students will be registered for school. Proof of address, birth certificate and current immunization records from your healthcare provider must be provided. Please contact your boundary area school for more information.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2021. If your child turns 5 years old between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, information about early entry may be obtained through your boundary area school principal.

In early June, parents/guardians who have completed registration and address verification, will receive notification of their child’s school placement for 2021–2022.

Throughout the summer, families new to the district will complete online household registration and address verification in person at any of the district’s secondary school campuses, except Triumph High School’s campus. In mid-August, this process will be completed at the student’s boundary area school. They must provide proof of address documents, a copy of the child’s (or children’s) birth certificate(s) and immunization records.

Boundary area schools can be found by entering the parent/guardian’s address on the district website: www.laramie1.org. Click on “About Us,” “Who We Are,” “School Maps and Boundaries.”

Returning elementary students that have moved during the summer have the option to attend school at the location verified in the spring for the upcoming school year (families must provide their own transportation) or may attend their new boundary area school.

Parents/guardians will receive elementary class list notifications in August.

For more information, contact Dawn Guffey, 771-2188. For online assistance, contact the service desk, 771-2242 or servicedesk@laramie1.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:LCSD1 Athletic/Activities Director Tom Seamans, tom.seamans@laramie1.org
3-5-2021

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East Regional Basketball Tournament slated to wrap up March 6

The East Regional Basketball Tournament is slated to wrap up Saturday, March 6 in Cheyenne. Although the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department has approved a variance allowing for greater attendance, tickets will remain limited and health guidelines will be in place.

Below is a list of game times.

Girls and Boys Basketball Games – Saturday, March 6, Storey Gymnasium, 2811 House Ave.

  • #2 Sheridan Girls v. #2 Central Girls will play at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Prior to the game, 200+ walk up tickets will be available for sale.
  • #2 Sheridan Boys v. #2 East Boys will play at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, 200+ walk up tickets will be available for sale.
  • #1 Thunder Basin Girls v. #1 East Girls will play at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, 200+ walk up tickets will be available for sale.
  •  #1 Thunder Basin Boys v. #1 Central Boys will play at 5 p.m. Prior to the game, 200+ walk up tickets will be available for sale.

Cost for walk up tickets is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Livestreaming for these events will be available through a one-month subscription fee of $10.99. To subscribe, visit the Wyoming High School Activities Association website, http://www.whsaa.org/ and click the NFHS Network logo on the bottom left-hand side of the homepage. Subscribers must cancel their subscription at the end of the month, or it will automatically renew.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:LCSD1 Athletic/Activities Director Tom Seamans, tom.seamans@laramie1.org
3-3-2021

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East Regional Basketball Tournament slated to begin March 4

The East Regional Basketball Tournament is slated to begin Thursday, March 4 in Cheyenne. Although the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department has approved a variance allowing for greater attendance, tickets will remain limited and health guidelines will be in place.

Below is a list of days and game times.

Girls Basketball Games – Thursday, March 4, Storey Gymnasium, 2811 House Ave.

East v. Laramie girls will play at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be 300+ walk up tickets available for sale in the Storey Gym Lobby.

South v. Central girls will play at 4 p.m. There will be 300+ walk up tickets available for sale in the Storey Gym Lobby.

The winner of games one and two will play at 7:30 p.m. The availability of walk up tickets is unknown.

Boys Basketball Games – Thursday, March 4, Central High School, 5500 Education Drive

Central v. South boys will play at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be 130 walk up tickets available for sale.

East v. Laramie boys will play at 4:30 p.m.  Prior to the game, there will be 150 walk up tickets available for sale.

The winner of games one and two will play at 7:30 p.m. The availability of walk up tickets is unknown.

Girls and Boys Basketball Games – Saturday, March 6, Storey Gymnasium, 2811 House Ave.
(Walk up ticket availability will be announced Friday, March 5)

#2 North Girls v. #2 South Girls will play at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Prior to the game, walk up tickets will be available for sale.

#2 North Boys v. #2 South Boys will play at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, walk up tickets will be available for sale.

#1 North Girls v. #1 South Girls will play at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, walk up tickets will be available for sale.

#1 North Boys v. #1 South Boys will play at 5 p.m. Prior to the game, walk up tickets will be available for sale.

Cost for walk up tickets is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Livestreaming for these events will be available through a one-month subscription fee of $10.99. To subscribe, visit the Wyoming High School Activities Association website, http://www.whsaa.org/ and click the NFHS Network logo on the bottom left-hand side of the homepage. Subscribers must cancel their subscription at the end of the month, or it will automatically renew.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:LCSD1 Athletic/Activities Director Tom Seamans, tom.seamans@laramie1.org
2-17-2021

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WHSAA offers monthly subscription for district sports live stream

According to the Wyoming High School Activities Association, all regional and state wrestling tournament matches, all regional and state tournament basketball games, and the state indoor track meet will be livestreamed for a one-month subscription fee of $10.99.

“Of course, we would rather have everyone in attendance at each of our events but know with the restrictions not everyone will be able to attend,” WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird said. “This will benefit out-of-state relatives who will also have the opportunity to view.”

Events to be streamed through the NFHS Network are listed below.

·         Regional wrestling, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20

·         Regional 1A/2A basketball, Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 27

·         Regional 3A/4A basketball, Thursday and Saturday, March 4 and 6

·         State swimming and diving, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 18-20 – 4A and 3A

·         State wrestling, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27 – All Matches

·         State indoor track, Boys – Saturday, Feb. 27; Girls – Saturday, March 6

·         State 1A/2A basketball, Wednesday-Saturday, March 3-6

·         State 3A/4A basketball, Wednesday-Saturday, March 10-13

To subscribe, visit the WHSAA website, http://www.whsaa.org/ and click the NFHS Network logo on the bottom left-hand side of the homepage. The subscription also allows viewers access to contests in all states that are members of the network. Subscribers must cancel their subscription at the end of the month, or it will automatically renew.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dave Bartlett, LCSD1 Assist. Superintendent of Support Operations, david.bartlett@laramie1.org
2-17-2021

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CLCHD allows for larger variance at high school wrestling and basketball games

The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department has approved a variance which will allow for greater attendance for high school regional basketball and wrestling competitions taking place at Central High, South High and Storey Gym.

This variance increases the maximum number of spectators to be allowed at regional events to 30% of maximum capacity.

“Our goal is to safely utilize Laramie County School District 1 facilities as host sites for regional basketball and wrestling competitions and allow the public access that would not have otherwise been available,” LCSD1 Assistant Superintendent of Support Operations Dave Bartlett said.

All activities will adhere to the guidelines prescribed by the National Federation of State High Schools, Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) Smart Start Guidelines for Fall Sports, the LCSD1 Winter Sports addendum as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), while maintaining alignment with existing state and local health orders.

With the variance, maximum gym seating capacity will be 432 at Central High, 341 at South High and 721 at Storey Gym. The lower bleachers on the north side of Storey Gym will be utilized to allow for maximizing social distancing.

Boys’ basketball games will be played at Central High on Thursday, March 4. Girls’ basketball games will be played at Storey Gym (hosted by East High School) on Thursday, March 4. Regional seeding games will be played at Storey Gym (hosted by South High School) on Saturday, March 6.

Regional wrestling will take place at Storey Gym (hosted by South High School) on Feb. 19.

As a WHSAA sponsored event, admission fees will be required. Players will have four pre-sale tickets available for family. Cheer (home and visitor) and pep band (home team only) will have two presale (basketball only) tickets for family. Remaining tickets will be offered for presale to the public. Walk-up spectators will be directed to a single point of sale and spectator numbers will be monitored.

Due to seating limitations, only home team pep bands will be allowed at Storey Gym for basketball events. Band members will count toward total spectator numbers.

Upon entering any LCSD1 building, spectators, event staff, coaches/sponsors and nonparticipating team personnel must properly wear masks (covering mouth and nose) at all times. Masks will be required for all attendees, even when they are social distancing. Mask wearing will be strictly enforced. No exceptions will be made.

No food or drink will be sold during basketball events. An isolated, designated area will be utilized for prepackaged concessions during regional wrestling. Food or drink will not be allowed in the spectator areas.

Social distancing protocols will be followed. In addition, stands and commonly touched surfaces will be frequently sanitized throughout the events. People who feel sick or are unable or unwilling to wear a mask should stay home.

Livestreaming for these events will be available through a one-month subscription fee of $10.99. To subscribe, visit the Wyoming High School Activities Association website, http://www.whsaa.org/ and click the NFHS Network logo on the bottom left-hand side of the homepage. Subscribers must cancel their subscription at the end of the month, or it will automatically renew.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Eric Jackson, Assistant Director of Instruction/School Improvement, 771-2187 or eric.jackson@laramie1.org
1-5-2021

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LCSD1 issues public notice about Wyoming kindergarten age requirement change

The State of Wyoming has changed entry age requirements for students entering kindergarten beginning with the 2021 school year.

Incoming kindergarten students must now be at least 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2021. If your child turns 5 years old between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, they may be eligible for kindergarten enrollment. 

This bill was passed during the 2020 session of the Wyoming Legislature. To view the full bill, visit https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2020/HB0174.

If parents or guardians have questions, they may contact their school’s principal, or the Laramie County School District 1 Department of Instruction at 771-2187.

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CONTACT: Mark Quinlivan, Social Studies Coordinator, 771-2215
1-4-2021

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District holds public review on social studies curriculum materials

Laramie County School District 1’s Social Studies Department is conducting a curriculum materials adoption. The public and district stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in the adoption process.

 Social studies materials for grades four, five and six, along with materials for AP Human Geography and AP World History-Modern, will be available to the public for a 45-day review and receipt of public comments. This will be held weekdays from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., through Feb. 12, 2021, in Room 210B in the District Administration Building, 2810 House Ave.

 The program will also be on review at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

 Upon completion of the review period, feedback will be collected and used when making a decision regarding the selection of a program to purchase.

 For more information about the materials, contact District Social Studies Coordinator Mark Quinlivan, 771-2215.

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CONTACT: Tiffany Rehbein, 771-2140
1-4-2021

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District holds public review on elementary core reading program

Laramie County School District 1’s English Language Arts Department is conducting an elementary-level curriculum materials adoption. The public and district stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in the adoption process.

 The “Wit and Wisdom” elementary core reading program will be available to the public for a 45-day review and receipt of public comments. This will be held weekdays from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., until
Jan. 22, 2021 outside Room 210, in the District Administration Building, 2810 House Ave.

 The program will also be on review at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

 Community members can find more information on materials out for review on the LCSD1 website under featured items or at the following link, Elementary Reading & Writing Program Adoption Information - Laramie County School District 1 (laramie1.org).

 For more information about the materials, contact district English Language Arts Coordinator Tiffany Rehbein, 771-2140.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:LCSD1 Athletic/Activities Director Tom Seamans, tom.seamans@laramie1.org
11-14-2020

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LCSD1 updates winter activity guidelines

In accordance with current Wyoming statewide public health orders and Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) considerations regarding school activities, Laramie County School District 1 has developed new guidelines for winter season activities.

Spectators will be limited to 100 or 25% of total capacity (whichever is less) at all indoor events. Participants will be allotted a specific number of tickets to claim for spectators of their choosing to attend events. General admission tickets will not be available to the public.

During basketball/wrestling home events, each home participant will be allotted two tickets; visiting participants will be allotted two tickets.

At swimming home events, each participant from the host school will be allotted two tickets per meet. Due to pool construction, East High will host some meets held at Central High and South High.

Indoor track meets will only take place in the Campbell County Recreation Center Field House in Gillette or the Natrona County High School Indoor Track Facility in Casper. No spectators will be allowed until the state meet.

Upon entering any LCSD1 building, spectators, event staff, coaches/sponsors and nonparticipating team personnel must properly wear masks (covering mouth and nose) at all times. Masks will be required for all attendees, even when they are social distancing. Mask wearing will be strictly enforced. No exceptions will be made. 

Livestreaming will be utilized whenever possible and made available for viewing. Events that take place in the main gyms of LCSD1 high schools will be live and recorded on the NFHS network. All events outside of the main high school gyms will be livestream only. People who feel sick or are unable or unwilling to wear a mask should stay home and watch via livestream.

Concessions will not be available at any event. Food or drink will not be allowed in the gym, swimming pool area, or auditorium for spectators. In addition, facilities will be cleared between each event to allow for sanitizing and provide time for the next group of spectators to enter.

“We would like to thank our community in advance for adhering to the spectator guidelines,” LCSD1 Athletic/Activities Director Tom Seamans said. “Your support will allow our students to finish their seasons and participate in culminating events.”

More information is available by contacting each school’s activities office or on the district website, www.laramie1.org under Featured Items.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Carla Bankes, carla.bankes@laramie1.org

11-6-2020

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Laramie County School District 1 offers free meals to all students through 2020-2021 school year

In response to a waiver released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Laramie County School District 1 will continue to provide free meals for students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade through the end of the school year.

Meal service will be provided for remote learners and students enrolled in Cheyenne Virtual School (CVS), Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at the back side of the Eastridge Facility Building, 1780 E. Pershing Blvd. Enter off Concord Avenue. Each bag will contain a breakfast and lunch and children do not need to be in the vehicle.

Meals will not be provided when school is not in session.

The program is designed to help families during the pandemic. It is fully funded by the USDA and will run through June 4, 2021. Meals are available for anyone 18 years old or younger.

Families with students who qualify for free and reduced meals are still encouraged to fill out free/reduced meal applications. In addition, all meal account outstanding balances should be paid in full.

For more information, call LCSD1’s Nutrition Services Department at 771-2440.

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CONTACT: Dave Bartlett, LCSD1 Assist. Superintendent of Support Operations, david.bartlett@laramie1.org

11-13-2020

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CLCHD to allow greater attendance at the football state championship

The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department has approved a variance which will allow for greater attendance at the high school state championship football game: East vs. Thunder Basin at Okie Blanchard Stadium.

This variance increases the maximum number of spectators allowed at home football games during the playoffs from 1,000 to 2,000 at the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.

“Our goal is to safely utilize Laramie County School District 1’s outdoor facilities as host sites for high school football playoff games and allow the public access that would not have otherwise been available,” LCSD1 Assistant Superintendent of Support Operations Dave Bartlett said.

All spectators will be required to wear face coverings throughout the event and tickets will be presold. Players will have five presale tickets available for family. Cheer and band will have two presale tickets available for family. Visitor and family presale tickets will be offered through Wednesday of game week and remaining tickets will be offered for presale to the public.

Tickets will be sold at East High School from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 12 in the East ticket booth at the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.

Tickets not used by Thunder Basin will be available for sale to walk up spectators who will be directed to a single point of sale away from the main entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. Spectator numbers will be monitored to ensure maximum capacity does not exceed 2,000.

Student, visitor and general spectator entrances and seating areas will be designated, and alternating rows of bleachers will remain empty.

Two separate concession stands will be open serving prepackaged items. Servers and cashiers will adhere to restaurant guidelines.

Social distancing protocols will be followed. In addition, stands and commonly touched surfaces will be frequently sanitized throughout the event.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Dave Bartlett, LCSD1 Assist. Superintendent of Support Operations, david.bartlett@laramie1.org
11-3-2020

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LCSD1 to allow more spectators at semi-final football game

The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department has approved a variance which will allow for greater attendance at the high school semi-final football game: East vs. Sheridan.

This variance increases the maximum number of spectators allowed at home football games during the playoffs from 1,000 to 2,000 at the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.

“Our goal is to safely utilize Laramie County School District 1’s outdoor facilities as host sites for high school football playoff games and allow the public access that would not have otherwise been available,” LCSD1 Assistant Superintendent of Support Operations Dave Bartlett said.

All spectators will be required to wear face coverings throughout the event and tickets will be presold. Players will have five presale tickets available for family. Cheer and band will have two presale tickets available for family. Visitor and family presale tickets will be offered through Wednesday of game week and remaining tickets will be offered for presale to the public.

Tickets will be sold at East High School from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5 in the East ticket booth at the Okie Blanchard Sports Complex.

Tickets not used by Sheridan will be available for sale to walk up spectators who will be directed to a single point of sale away from the main entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. Spectator numbers will be monitored to ensure maximum capacity does not exceed 2,000.

Student, visitor and general spectator entrances and seating areas will be designated, and alternating rows of bleachers will remain empty.

Two separate concession stands will be open serving prepackaged items. Servers and cashiers will adhere to restaurant guidelines.

Social distancing protocols will be followed. In addition, stands and commonly touched surfaces will be frequently sanitized throughout the event.

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CONTACT: Activity Director Tom Seamans, 771-2335

9-4-2020

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LCSD1 revises athletics, activities spectator guidelines

Spectators planning to attend events at Laramie County School District 1 facilities are required to sanitize their hands upon entry and wear face coverings until they are seated with family, when circulating within the site and/or when they are unable to social distance at least 6 feet away from others. Enhanced cleaning procedures will take place.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, seating at Laramie County School District 1 varsity athletic events will be capped and spectators will be limited to participants’ immediate family members. The following guidelines have been developed based on the Governor’s Health Orders, which include occupancy limitations.

Although the public will not be able to attend varsity events due to spectator limitations, they will be allowed to walk in to attend high school sub-varsity football games up to occupancy limits.

LCSD1 will be live streaming events and activities free to the public. Individuals who are health compromised or demonstrate any symptom associated with the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 screening process should stay home and watch the live stream of the game or event.

To access instructions on how to live stream these events, visit the district website, www.laramie1.org and click on the “Live Stream Sports and Activities” link under Featured Items on the homepage.

More details are available in the Athletics Activities Entry Plan, which is posted on the homepage of the district website under Featured Items, Schools Reopening Plans, which are updated frequently as conditions and parameters change.

High School Level

Varsity Football—

During standard games, each varsity football player will be issued a pass which will allow five spectators to attend. During cross-town games, players will receive four spectator tickets. Visiting teams will be allowed up to 100 spectator seats.

Visiting band will not travel. Band and cheer members will be issued a pass for two spectators during a home game.

When traveling to away games, each team will be issued 100 tickets, which the athletic director will distribute. The visiting band will not travel.

Each high school will determine how student tickets will be issued—300 during a standard game and 150 for a cross-town game. Unless they are part of a player’s family, junior high students will not be allowed at varsity events.

Volleyball—

Each player will be issued a pass for three spectators during a standard home game (sophomore, junior varsity and varsity combined). They will receive a pass for two spectators during a cross-town game. Visiting teams will be allowed up to 72 spectator seats.

Bands will not perform at volleyball events. Cheer members will be issued a pass for two spectators for a home game. Visitor cheer members will be issued a pass for two spectators for cross-town games.

When traveling to away games each team will receive 72 tickets, which will be distributed by the athletic director.

Each high school will determine how student tickets will be issued—30 student tickets will be available for a standard home game and 30 tickets per school will be issued for a cross-town game. Unless they are part of a player’s family, junior high students will not be allowed at varsity events.

Junior High School Level

Football—

Based on the seating capacity of the junior high stadiums and anticipated spectator numbers, no passes will be required unless the 250-spectator capacity is exceeded. The capacity will be increased to 1,000 if the game is held in a high school stadium.

Volleyball—

Each volleyball participant will be issued an event pass for two spectators to view the event in person. Out of town visiting teams will be allowed two spectators per participant.

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7-28-2020

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Wyoming Department of Education approves LCSD1 Re-entry plan

The Wyoming Department of Education has approved Laramie County School District 1’s re-entry plan.

LCSD1 plans to reopen schools with in-person instruction on Monday, Aug. 31 using the WDE’s recommended Smart Start framework.

The Smart Start reopening framework consists of three tiers, which will be in place depending on county and state 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 and Wyoming health officers,” 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 last 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.

Families that are not comfortable with in-person instruction may register for Cheyenne Virtual School. Detailed information about the school and how to register is available by clicking the virtual school box on the homepage of the district website, www.laramie1.org.

Also located on the homepage of the district website are links to the district’s re-opening plan and each school’s re-opening plan (located under Featured Items).

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8-12-2020

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LCSD1 Board of Trustees approves COVID-19 high school schedule

Laramie County School District 1 high schools will offer four classes per semester during the 2020-2021 school year.

The LCSD1 Board of Trustees approved the new schedule during a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11. The change was proposed by high school principals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traditionally, students take eight classes per semester. With the new schedule they will be offered the same number of classes; however, they will take four classes first semester and four classes in the second semester.

Last spring, when school buildings were closed due to COVID-19, students and teachers voiced concerns about keeping up with eight online classes. If schools are forced to close again during the pandemic, the 4x4 schedule is designed to ease this situation.

In addition, with fewer classes, students and teachers will be exposed to fewer people each day. According to Laramie County health officials, this will help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.

The schedule will be in effect for one year only.

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8-12-2020

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LCSD1 Board of Trustees votes to start school on Aug. 31

The Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees voted during a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to postpone the start of school until Monday, Aug. 31.

While school was slated to begin Monday, Aug. 24, the new start date was selected to allow teachers, students and parents additional preparation time.

With this change, June 3, 2021 will be a full day of school. Student/teacher contact days are exactly 175, which is required by Wyoming state statute.

According to a districtwide survey, 5,811 parents, students and staff members preferred to start school on Aug. 31, while 3,908 preferred to begin on the original start date.

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7-28-2020

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LCSD1 draft school reopening plan available online

Laramie County School District 1 has developed a draft plan for schools to reopen with in-person instruction using the Wyoming Department of Education’s recommended Smart Start framework.

The Board of Trustees will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, July 29, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss the draft plan. The meeting will be open to the public by Zoom at https://laramie1.zoom.us/j/96440152137 and will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

The Smart Start reopening 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 and Wyoming health officers,” 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.

Families that are not comfortable with in-person instruction may register for Cheyenne Virtual School. Detailed information about the school and how to register is available by clicking the virtual school box on the homepage of the district website, www.laramie1.org.

In addition, a link to the draft re-opening of schools plan is available on the homepage of the district website.

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CONTACT: Dawn Guffey, 771-2188

7-28-2020

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Address verification takes place Aug. 4-5

Families who are new to Laramie County School District 1 will complete online household registration and address verification at their student’s attendance-area school Aug. 4 and 5 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Families must provide proof of address documents, a copy of the child or children’s birth certificate(s) and immunization records.

Acceptable forms of address verification include light/gas bills and mortgage/lease agreements. Water, cable and phone bills will not be accepted.

Attendance-area schools can be found on the district website, href="http://www.laramie1.org">www.laramie1.org, click on “Families & Students,” “Find My Child’s School.”

Due to COVID-19, address verification for students who enrolled in the spring will be held Aug. 4 and 5. Parents are encouraged to email documentation to the school. Otherwise, they may attend address verification in person from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, including details about the district’s COVID-19 re-entry plan, visit the district website, www.laramie1.org.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 24.

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7-27-2020

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LCSD1 seeks public input on new school name

The Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees is seeking input on naming a new fifth- and sixth-grade elementary school, which will be constructed on property located at Carlson Street and Powderhouse Road.

The following guidelines have been established by the Board.

    1.   Names and geographical locations shall be related to Cheyenne or Laramie County.

    2.   Care should be taken to ensure names cannot be construed as discriminating or derogatory.

    3.   Schools shouldn’t be named after an individual.

    4.   The Board of Trustees will make the final decision concerning the name of the school.

To provide a school name suggestion, click the following link. https://fs10.formsite.com/laramie1/wrrzzfww7n/index.html

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CONTACT: Carla Bankes, Carla.bankes@laramie1.org

7-22-2020

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Laramie County School District Youth Feeding Program continues through Aug. 14

Laramie County School District 1’s youth feeding program will continue to serve students until August 14.

 The program provides breakfast/lunch combination bags Monday through Friday. In addition, produce bags are distributed along with meals on Wednesdays, and Friday bags include three breakfasts and three lunches.  

 People may pick up food bags Monday-Friday at a variety of sites, which have been approved by the Wyoming Department of Education and the USDA.

 Food bag pick up will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following locations.

1.       Afflerbach – parent pick up lane on the south side of the school

2.       Alta Vista – northeast parking lot at 17th Street and Logan Avenue

3.       Arp – parent pick up lane on the west side of the school

4.       Baggs – bus lane on the west side of the school

5.       Cole – south of the school in corner of O’Neil Avenue and Eighth Avenue

6.       Goins – parent pick up lane east of school

7.       Hebard – east of school on Pebrican Avenue

8.       Rossman – parent pick up lane on the east side of the school

9.       Sunrise – parent pick up lane on the west side of the school

10.   Anderson – end of the parent pickup lane on the south side of the school

11.   McCormick – bus lane on the east side of the school on Education Drive

12.   Pioneer Park – south of the school in the cul-de-sac at the end of Talbot Court

13.   Dildine – northwest side of school on Polk Avenue

14.   Henderson – northeast side of school on Kelley Drive

 Food bag pick up will be held from 11:30 a.m.-noon at the following locations.

1.       Fairview – north of school on 10th Street

2.       Johnson – bus lane on the southwest side of the school

 Food bag pick up will be held from 12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m. at the following locations.

1.       Lebhart – northeast of school on Hanson Street

2.       South – east parking lot

 Any youth, 18 years of age or younger, are eligible for food bags at any location. Pick up is being done using a walk-up or drive-through process. Students need not be present for parents/guardians to pick up the bags.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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CONTACT: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Boyd Brown, 771-2121
7-14-2020

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LCSD1 officials work on reopening plan

Officials at Laramie County School District 1 are developing a plan 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.”

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CONTACT: Dr. Tracey Kinney, LCSD1 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, 771-2188
7-14-2020

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LCSD1 surveys students and parents

Laramie County School District 1 is surveying parents and students about the COVID-19 closure that occurred last spring.

The survey, which will be open through Wednesday, July 22, is accessible by clicking the following link: https://fs10.formsite.com/laramie1/oqvtsa8uc1/index.html

By participating, parents/guardians and students will provide valuable feedback to help better support the learning experience in the event the district must respond to future health regulations.

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CONTACT: Lindsey Deselms, 771-2680
7-6-2020

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Central High student excels on Microsoft Word Exam

Recently, Central High freshman Bethanie Hackett received the highest score in Wyoming on a Certiport delivered Microsoft Word 2016 exam.

Because of the exceptionally high score Hackett received, she has been named Wyoming’s Champion.

Hackett has been invited to participate in Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship, where top students from around the United States will compete.

The next National Championship will be held in 2021 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida, June 21–23, 2021. Six different test categories will be available at that competition, and winners will be invited to represent the United States at the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 1–4, 2021.

Certiport is a certified exam provider, with authorized testing centers worldwide. Their certifications help high school students earn recognized credentials for job attainment and college and career success.

For more information, contact Lindsey DeSelms at 771-2680.

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CONTACT: Kim Parfitt, 771-2680
6-16-2020

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Central High students win first place in Wyoming competition

With their Analyzing Seasonal Deer Movement StoryMap, Central High students 12th grader Trevor Stephen and 11th grader Aidan Miller, won first place for the state of Wyoming in the ESRI ARcGIS Online Story Map Competition.

StoryMaps are part of the ArcGIS web-based software that allows researchers to narrate science issues through integration of text, data, maps and multimedia. The statewide contest is managed by Wyoming Game and Fish and WyoGeo.

First place state winners will move on to the national competition where the overall winner will be invited to attend the ESRI Education Summit as part of their national conference in San Diego, California later this year.

Second place winners were Natalie Saunders, Emma Morris and Aly Williams.

Third place winners were Katherine Etchepare, Jamie Kaste, Bridger Jardine and Jacob Geyer. 

The students were part of Kim Parfitt’s AP environmental science class that has worked with the Laramie County Conservation District, Muley Foundation, Wyoming Game and Fish and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to study the deer herd that calls Cheyenne home. 

For the past three years, Parfitt's classes have collected data via radio collared does in two deer herds, one north of the city and one in the middle of town.

“This project is a result of the willingness of professionals in state and county agencies to mentor our young adults interested in science and conservation,” Parfitt said.

Link to winning StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ivyrm

For more information contact Parfitt at 771-2680.