Dr. Crespo Updates to the Community

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9-8-21

Dear LCSD1 Families,

As we have stated earlier, our goal is to stay in school for in-person learning. Most recently, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD) has shared a level of urgency regarding masks and the need to return to face coverings.

Laramie County remains in the high-risk, “red” category for community transmission based on the total new cases per 100,000 in the past week and the percentage of positive tests. Additionally, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is at capacity and is using other areas including the emergency room and pediatric floor to house COVID-19 patients.

Just as we have seen in the community, our district has experienced a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and an increase in student and staff quarantines. Since Aug. 18, almost 1,000 students and staff have been quarantined. Currently, more than 420 are in quarantine. Additionally, we have seen more than 180 positive cases since Aug. 18 and currently have more than 90 active positive cases.

Due to these factors, Laramie County School District 1 has issued an addendum to its Smart Start Plan. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9, the district will require all students and staff to wear a mask when they are unable to social distance by 6 feet. Mask free zones and mask breaks will be utilized in all classrooms.

Please help us follow the Big 4—If you feel sick or have symptoms stay home and contact your health care provider. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Social distance when possible. Wear face masks when you can’t social distance.

We understand that parents have choices and as a mom, I make them for my own children every day. We are asking you to help us keep your child in school, out of quarantine and connected to their teachers, friends and learning.

The mask protocol will continue as long as Laramie County remains in the High (Red) or Substantial (Orange) levels of community transmission, as designated through the CLCHD Transmission Risk Dashboard. Covid-19 County Guidance | City County Health (laramiecountycovid.com)

If Laramie County is in the Moderate (Yellow) or Low (Green) designation, universal mask wearing is recommended indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. This applies to everyone other than children under the age of two or with a medical exemption from a healthcare professional. When that occurs, another notice will be sent out engaging the recommended protocol.

Please note, because of recent changes in legislation, Wyoming school districts are faced with making health protocol decisions. The decision to wear masks is not taken lightly and is made following input from state and county health officials.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will send another update soon.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Margaret Crespo
Superintendent of Schools


9-8-21

Estimadas familias de LCSD1,

Como hemos dicho anteriormente, nuestra meta es permanecer en la escuela para el aprendizaje en persona. Más recientemente, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cheyenne-Laramie (CLCHD) ha compartido el nivel de urgencia con respecto a las máscaras y la necesidad de volver a cubrirse la cara.

El condado de Laramie permanece en la categoría "roja" de alto riesgo para la transmisión comunitaria según el total de nuevos casos por cada 100,000 en la semana pasada y el porcentaje de pruebas positivas. Además, el Centro Medico Regional Cheyenne está lleno y está utilizando otras áreas, incluyendo la sala de emergencias y el piso pediátrico, para albergar a los pacientes con COVID-19.

Tal como hemos visto en la comunidad, nuestro distrito ha experimentado un aumento en los casos positivos de COVID-19 y un aumento en las cuarentenas de estudiantes y personal. Desde el 18 de agosto, casi 1,000 estudiantes y personal han sido puestos en cuarentena. Actualmente, más de 420 están en cuarentena. Además, hemos visto más de 180 casos positivos desde el 18 de agosto y actualmente tenemos más de 90 casos positivos activos.

Debido a estos factores, el Distrito Escolar 1 del Condado de Laramie ha emitido un anexo a su Plan Comienzo Inteligente (Smart Start). A partir de mañana, jueves 9 de septiembre, el distrito requerirá que todos los estudiantes y el personal usen una máscara cuando no puedan mantener una distancia social de 6 pies. Se utilizarán zonas libres de mascarillas y descansos de las mascarillas en todos los salones de clases.

Ayúdenos a seguir los 4 grandes: si se siente enfermo o tiene síntomas, quédese en casa y comuníquese con su doctor. Lávese o desinfecte sus manos con frecuencia. Mantenga su distancia social cuando sea posible. Use máscaras faciales cuando no pueda distanciarse socialmente.

Entendemos que los padres tienen opciones y, como madre, las hago para mis propios hijos todos los días. Le pedimos que nos ayude a mantener a su hijo en la escuela, fuera de la cuarentena y conectado con sus maestros, amigos y aprendizaje.

El protocolo de la mascarilla continuará mientras el Condado de Laramie permanezca en nivel Alto (Rojo) o Sustancial (Naranja) de transmisión comunitaria, según lo designado a través del Panel de Riesgo de Transmisión CLCHD. Covid-19 County Guidance | City County Health (laramiecountycovid.com)

Si el condado de Laramie está en la designación Moderado (amarillo) o Bajo (verde), se recomienda el uso de una máscara universal en interiores y en entornos exteriores donde haya mucha gente. Esto se aplica a todas las personas que no sean niños menores de dos años o con una exención médica. Cuando eso ocurra, se enviará otro aviso con el protocolo recomendado.

Tenga en cuenta que, debido a los cambios recientes en la legislación, los distritos escolares de Wyoming se enfrentan a la toma de decisiones sobre el protocolo de salud. La decisión de usar máscaras no se toma a la ligera y se toma siguiendo las recomendaciones de los funcionarios de salud del estado y del condado.

Continuaremos monitoreando esta situación y pronto enviaremos otra actualización.

Atentamente,

Dra. Margaret Crespo
Superintendente de Escuelas


9-3-21

Dear LCSD1 Families,

As promised, I would like to provide you with a two-week update regarding our Smart Start Plan. Conditions are rapidly changing, and we continue to work with our health partners as we revisit our protocols.

The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department (CLCHD) has shared that Laramie County is currently in the high-risk, “red” category for community transmission. This designation is based on total new cases per 100,000 in the past week and the positive percentage of tests.  Laramie County Community Risk Level.

A recent update from CLCHD and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center indicates that the hospital is full and using other floors and units for COVID-19 patients. Regionally, hospitals are seeing similar numbers. From Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, we had 57 students and nine staff members test positive, resulting in 536 quarantines. We also know the Delta variant is more than two times as contagious as previous COVID-19 variants. If everyone is wearing a mask it limits quarantine.

Although we continue to encourage the practice of our “Big 4” to stay healthy and in school, these mitigation strategies will only work if they are followed. Due to the high level of transmission that we are experiencing in our community, families that do not want their child to be quarantined should have them wear a mask.  

Prevention is Key

We encourage families to continue to follow the “Big 4” tips for keeping us healthy.

1.       If you feel sick or have symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

2.       Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

3.       Social distance when possible.

4.       Face masks are highly recommended when you are indoors in common areas and cannot social distance.

As we approach the long holiday weekend there is also potential for increased exposure. Please wear a mask when you cannot social distance.

Our students are counting on us to provide a consistent, in-person education. Large-scale quarantines are disruptive to this process. Last year, we were able to stay in school for in-person learning using the “Big 4” health strategies and our Smart Start plan. We know these strategies work and encourage everyone to pull together for the health and safety of our community.

Information regarding active cases and quarantines in LCSD1 is available on our COVID-19 Dashboard, which we update every afternoon, Monday through Friday.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will update you in another two weeks, if not before.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Margaret Crespo
Superintendent of Schools


August 19, 2021

Dear LCSD1 Families,

We are very excited to welcome our students back to school on Monday, August 23rd. I want to express my sincere gratitude for your patience as we have worked closely with our health partners to finalize safety protocols for this year.

Last year’s Smart Start plan allowed us to remain open for in-person learning the entire school year. This plan has provided us a launch point for this year as we will use it as the backbone for this year’s plan. Additionally, we continue to seek guidance from our local health partners, so we have the most updated information as we work through this evolving situation.

At Laramie County School District 1 our goal is to stay in school with in-person learning as we know it is best for our students socially, emotionally, and academically.

There is currently not a state or county mask order. Therefore, we’ve established the following start of school protocols with guidance from our health officials.

We highly recommend that students wear masks when the following social distancing cannot be maintained—

1.       6 feet during athletics and activities. Masks will be recommended when 6-foot distance cannot be maintained, i.e., sitting on the bench.

2.       4 feet when students are seated in the lunchroom. While in transition to and from the lunch table, masks will be recommended.

3.       3 feet when students are in the classroom.

4.       Staff shall social distance 6 feet.

Masks will be required on district school buses per federal regulation. Athletic masking protocols will remain in place.

Bullying based on mask choice will not be tolerated and will be handled according to our discipline matrix.

Parents should monitor their students for symptoms and keep them home from school if they are sick. Other safety measures will include enhanced cleaning and hand washing/sanitizing. We will continue to provide coordinated vaccine opportunities for families that are interested.

These protocols are in place to limit the number of students who would be quarantined by the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department if an exposure were to occur. Although we are most familiar with COVID-19 quarantine, the health department would also use this practice if our community were to see an outbreak of measles or any other communicable disease.

Extensive quarantining in our schools would not only be devastating to the health and well-being of our students and families but to our community’s economy.

Parents who wish may also consider checking out Cheyenne Virtual School as an option.

Our role is to educate our children in a safe, nurturing environment with the goal of staying in school all year.

Since conditions are rapidly changing, based on guidance from our health partners, we will continue to reassess the situation and will provide biweekly updates.

For more information, please refer to the resources listed at the links below.

Wyoming Department of Health

County Transmission Indicators

Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department

Toolkit for K-12 Schools | COVID-19 | CDC

Children’s Hospital

American Academy of Pediatrics

How Dangerous is the Delta Variant for Kids?

How to Keep Your Child Safe from the Delta Variant

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Crespo
Superintendent of Schools


19 de agosto de 2021

Estimadas Familias LCSD1,

Estamos muy emocionados de dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes a la escuela el lunes, 23 de agosto.  Quiero expresar mi sincera gratitud por su paciencia, ya que hemos trabajado en colaboración con nuestros socios de salud para finalizarlos protocolos deseguridad para este año.

El plan Smart Start del año pasado nos permitió permanecer abiertos para el aprendizaje en persona durante todo el año escolar. Este plan nos ha proporcionado un punto de lanzamiento para este año, ya que lo usaremos como la columna vertebral para el plan de este año. Además, continuamos buscando orientación de nuestros socios de salud locales, por lo que tenemos la información más actualizada a medida que trabajamos a través de esta situación en evolución.

En el Distrito Escolar 1 del Condado de Laramie, nuestro objetivo es permanecer en la escuela con aprendizaje en persona, ya que sabemos que es lo mejor para nuestros estudiantes social, emocional y académicamente.

Actualmente no hay una orden de máscaras estatal o del condado. Hasta ahora, hemos establecido los siguientes protocolos de inicio de clases con la orientación de nuestros funcionarios de salud. 

Recomendamos encarecidamente que los estudiantes usen máscaras cuando no se pueda mantener el siguiente distanciamiento social:

1.       6 pies durante el atletismo y las actividades. Las máscaras se recomendarán cuando no se pueda mantener la distancia de 6 pies, es decir, sentarse en el banco.

2.       4 pies cuando los estudiantes están sentados en el comedor. Durante la transición hacia y desde la mesa del almuerzo, las máscaras serán recomendadas.

3.       3 pies cuando los estudiantes están en el aula.

4.       El personal deberá distancia social 6 pies.

Se requerirán máscaras en los autobuses escolares del distrito según la regulación federal. Los protocolos de enmascaramiento deportivo permanecerán en su lugar.

El acoso basado en la elección de la máscara no será tolerado y se manejará de acuerdo con nuestra matriz de disciplina.

Los padres deben monitorear a sus estudiantes para detectar síntomas y mantenerlos en casa fuera de la escuela si están enfermos. Otras medidas de seguridad incluirán una limpieza mejorada y el lavado/desinfección de manos.  Continuaremos brindando oportunidades coordinadas de vacunación para las familias que estén interesadas.

Estos protocolos están en su lugar para limitar el número de estudiantes que serían puestos en cuarentena por el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cheyenne-Laramie si se produjera una exposición. Aunque estamos más familiarizados con la cuarentena por COVID-19, el departamento de salud también usaría esta práctica si nuestra comunidad viera un brote de sarampión o cualquier otra enfermedad transmisible.

La cuarentena extensiva en nuestras escuelas no solo sería devastadora para la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y familias, sino también para la economía de nuestra comunidad.

Los padres que lo deseen también pueden considerar visitar la Escuela Virtual Cheyenne como una opción.

Nuestro papel es educar a nuestros hijos en un ambiente seguro y nutritivo con el objetivo de seguiren la escuela durante todo el año.

Dado que las condiciones están cambiando rápidamente, sobre la base de la orientación de nuestros socios de salud, continuaremos reevaluando la situación y proporcionaremos actualizaciones quincenales.

Para obtener más información, consulte los recursos que se enumeran en los enlaces a continuación.

Departamento de Salud de Wyoming

Indicadores de transmisión del condado

Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cheyenne-Laramie

Kit de herramientas para escuelas K-12 | | COVID-19 CDC

Hospital de Niños

Academia Americana de Pediatría

¿Qué tan peligrosa es la variante Delta para niños?

Cómo mantener a su hijo a salvo de la variante Delta

 

Sinceramente,

Dra. Margaret Crespo
Superintendente de Escuelas

 

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August 13, 2021

 

Dear LCSD1 Families,

An article in today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle incorrectly stated the Laramie County School District 1 has already made the decision to begin the school year without a mask requirement. We have NOT made this determination yet.

We continue to watch the status of COVID-19 in our community and work with our local health professionals and follow their guidance. The decision on masks will be announced on Friday, Aug. 20, based on the most current data. Our goal is to open school safely for in person learning and stay in school as we did last year using our Smart Start plan.

Thank you for your understanding. Please watch for our update next Friday.

Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Crespo

Superintendent of Schools


August 6, 2021

Dear LCSD1 Families,

During our Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, we shared that our goal is to stay in school with in-person learning this year.  We did an amazing job staying in school last year! We know that being in school is the best for our students academically, physically and emotionally.  As promised, we are sending a two-week update on our Smart Start Plan. We continue using what has worked, The BIG 4 partnered with the latest health guidelines to ensure our students and staff stay safe and in school.  

Through planning and commitment, we learned how to keep our schools open and safe. We also developed a solid working relationship with our local health partners including the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Wyoming Department of Health. As a collective group, we are taking many cues from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Last year’s key takeaways include that this is an evolving situation, guidelines can rapidly change, and that using multiple mitigation strategies like our BIG 4 keeps us in school. Our one constant is that we want to safely stay in school using in-person learning.

As of Now

·         LCSD1 developed a Smart Start Plan last year that allowed the district to remain open the entire school year for in-person learning. This did not happen for many districts across our region.

·         Wyoming Public Health Orders expired three days before the end of last school year. At that time, we highly recommended but did not require the use of masks. Cleaning and safety protocols remained in place.

·         Recommendations from our health partners will guide any updates to these procedures. As Governor Mark Gordon stated in his August 4, 2021 press release, “We need to follow and respect the science.” The county and state use three metrics to determine procedures.

o   Level of community transmission

o   Hospital rates

o   The number of cases per 100,000. Track this information at: CDC COVID Data Tracker

·         We will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with our public health partners. So that we have the most up-to-date information, our decision regarding mask wearing will be communicated to parents on Friday, Aug. 20.

·         According to the CDC, Laramie County is currently experiencing a high level of community transmission. The Wyoming Department of Health also provides a COVID-19 data tracker and transmission indicators including transmission during the past 14 days.  County Transmission Indicators are also available.

·         The CDC updated its guidance and has recommended universal masking by all individuals when they are indoors without social distancing.

·         If we do have to start school with masks, we will follow guidance from the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department and review the situation every two weeks. If masks are in use, we will work to minimize the amount of time they are worn by students. For example, they will only have to wear them when 3-foot distance indoors is not maintained.

Prevention is Key

We encourage families to continue to follow the “Big 4” tips for keeping us healthy.

1.       If you feel sick or have symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

2.       Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

3.       Socially distance by 3 feet when possible.

4.       Face masks are recommended when you are indoors in common areas and cannot socially distance by 3 feet.

*Stay current on immunizations. If you are eligible, consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine as it is just one more mitigation strategy.

Again, we all want our students to attend school in person and are working diligently on the plans to make sure we can do so safely. You can anticipate that we will send an update again on Friday, August 20th.

More information is also available at:  Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department,

 Children's Hospital, Toolkit for K-12 Schools | COVID-19 | CDC. , August 4th WDH: Dr. Harrist Statement

Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Crespo

Superintendent of Schools


July 23, 2021

Dear LCSD1 Families,

Following a year without Cheyenne Frontier Days, we hope you enjoy this year’s celebration and can take some time to relax before the start of school. We are excited to launch into the 2021-2022 school year and are gearing up for the first day of school on Monday, August 23.

Last year, due to our combined efforts, we were able to remain open for in-person learning for the entire school year. This year, our goal is the same—we want to ensure that we keep students in our buildings for in-person learning as we know it is better for them socially, emotionally and academically.

To ensure this happens, we encourage families to continue to follow the “Big 5” tips for keeping us healthy.

1.       If you feel sick or have symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

2.       Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

3.       Socially distance by 6 feet when possible.

4.       Face masks are recommended when you are indoors in common areas and cannot socially distance by 6 feet.

5.       Stay current on immunizations. If you are eligible, consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

To focus on our “Big 5” we will be hosting optional COVID-19 vaccine clinics for fall athletes and activities participants. These clinics are also open to all LCSD1 families and employees.

August 2 - Central High School 3-6PM

August 3 - East High School 3-6PM

August 4 South High School 3-6PM

Immunization clinics* will be held during registration from August 12-13th 7:30 AM-4PM

Carey Junior High

 Johnson Junior High

 McCormick Junior High

*Along with COVID-19, any vaccine that 11- and 12-year-old students are eligible for will be offered.

We all want our students to attend school in person and we are planning to open with the protocols we had in place on the last day of school. You can anticipate that we will send an update again on August 6th after our upcoming 125th Anniversary Cheyenne Frontier Days. Please practice our Big 5, so we can be in person.

For more information, visit Laramie County (laramiecountywy.gov), Home Page - Wyoming Department of Health or Toolkit for K-12 Schools | COVID-19 | CDC.

 Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Crespo
Superintendent of Schools

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