ROCK SPRINGS — During an abbreviated teleconference board meeting last night, Sweetwater County School District #1 Superintendent Kelly McGovern said the possibility of conducting graduation ceremonies has not been ruled out just yet.
Students throughout the district and state have been quarantined from schools since Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued his first public gathering closure recommendations on March 15.
During the public comment portion of last night’s meeting, one parent asked if the schools would be closed permanently for the remainder of the school year.
McGovern said this is a different situation than say a “snow day” in the district where she makes the recommendation to the board of trustees. In this pandemic, there’s a twofold process that the district follows.
“That really begins with Governor Gordon and his recommendations. And the second part of that is what the State Department of Health and Dr. Harrist recommends for the safety and health of the state,” McGovern said.
She added the district will follow those guidelines as well as the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control to keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
According to McGovern, the plans for Graduation 2020 remain on track as set forth at the beginning of the school year. Graduation is still scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 7 PM at Tiger Stadium.
“But should anything change, we’ll make sure we notify our staff and parents as soon as possible,” McGovern told the board. “We know we’re in a difficult time right now, but we’re in a holding pattern, And with that, we keep (graduation) on schedule until we announce differently.”
Other Board News
- Students currently receiving counseling will be contacted by their service provider/counselor for one-on-one interaction.
- Parents witnessing their students suffering from social isolation can reach out to their school counselor for help.
- The Wyoming Department of Education has waived WY-TOPP and all assessment testing until next year.
- Board unanimously approved a one-time retention incentive for all eligible employees in the amount of $1,000 plus an additional amount for each year of service as noted by an employees’ most recent first day of work for their permanent position.