SCSD No. 1 Addresses New Health Orders; Masks Still Required

SCSD No. 1 Addresses New Health Orders; Masks Still Required

Sweetwater County School District No. 1 buses. SweetwaterNOW file photo

ROCK SPRINGS — With spring break coming to an end and school resuming Monday, March 22, Sweetwater County School District No.1 (SCSD No. 1) representatives sent out a message informing parents, students, staff, and community members that under current health orders masks are still required to be worn in school and on busses.

The informational message was sent on ParentSquare Sunday, March 21, from SCSD No. 1 Superintendent Kelly McGovern and Human Resources Director Nicole Bolton.

According to the statement, the new state health orders went into effect during spring break (March 16) and continue through Wednesday, March 31.

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“So, we have roughly eight school days with these orders and they may change again,” the letter states. “Things are looking up and continuing to improve.”

The message goes on to clarify some of the changes that have taken place since school was last in session.

Some changes include:

  • Elimination for face mask use when outdoors in a school setting
  • Elimination of restriction on outdoor events
  • Similar to before, face coverings (masks) are still required at all times during indoor school events and while riding District transportation, with exceptions such as when engaged in school athletic activities or performances
  • Indoor school events of more than 500 spectators in attendance must be held at no more than 50% of venue capacity
  • Many District staff are fully vaccinated or are participating in the shot sequence. 

Some districts have applied for a variance to the K-12 school health orders. If approved, this exception would no longer require wearing masks and following social distancing orders in schools.

“You may wonder about Sweetwater No. 1 applying for a variance to the K-12 school orders. Sweetwater No. 1 is not eligible to consider such a variance because Sweetwater County, as a whole County, does not fall into the green zone of COVID-19 outbreak metrics for at least two weeks,” the message states. “Our County is orange and red as of March 17.”

Click here to see a listing of all Wyoming districts, scroll to page 2. 
“When we learn the specific details of any new set of orders, if there are changes, we will continue to get updated school information to our families as soon as possible,” the message states. “Together, staff, students, and families have persevered and remained open for 3/4 of the school year. Let’s continue this success and drive it home for the remainder of the year.”


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, please call your primary care provider or seek medical attention.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t available.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

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