COVID cases emerge at Fremont County schools; parents advised to keep sick kiddos home

(Fremont County, WY) – As the beginning of the school year for Fremont County School Districts (FCSD) makes way, administration reminds parents to keep their sick kids home as COVID case numbers rise.

FCSD #25 Riverton Middle School posted the following message on their school Facebook page:

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“We want our kids here, we want them participating, and we want them healthy and safe. In order for this to happen, we need your help. If your student is sick, if you suspect a person in your household has developed COVID, or if a close friend of your student is symptomatic/sick, please have your child stay home. Your child will be able to access content through Google Classroom and have direct contact with teachers to email with them if they stay home. We can check out Chromebooks if needed as well.”

The post goes on to state, “To date, we have several students unfortunately quarantined due to either close contacts to a positive or they themselves are positive. We can’t emphasize enough that we want our kids here, but it will take all of us to make that happen. Please be aware of symptoms and keep them home if symptomatic.”

The FCSD #25 district website now also has a frequently updated document with current COVID case information.

According to this document, there are currently 16 active student cases and 10 active staff cases, with 106 students and six staff members in quarantine. Riverton Middle School has the highest numbers, with 9 active student cases and 30 in quarantine.

FCSD #1 Lander schools are also providing up to date COVID information on their district website. This info includes:

  • Campus Health Summary – New confirmed positive cases of employees and students, current active cases, and the percentage of active cases amongst students and staff. The summary will be updated every Monday and Thursday afternoon.
  • COVID-19 Decision Guide – This Decision Guide, based on Wyoming Department of Health guidance, provides a guideline for stakeholders to use when symptoms of COVID-19 are present, Isolation procedures for those tested, and quarantine guidelines.
  • Protocol for positive COVID-19 case – Established protocol the district will use after we have been notified of a positive COVID-19 case.

According to the updated document, as of August 30th, there are currently seven confirmed cases, six of which are students, and one staff member.

As neighboring school districts like Hot Springs County have temporarily switched to virtual instruction completely due to COVID concerns, (with hopes to resume in-person by September 13th), FCSD #1 currently offers no virtual instruction.

A clarification post on the Lander Schools Facebook page states: “The district received several inquiries regarding a radio advertisement offering a virtual option for Fremont County students. This ad was run by FCSD #14 – which is located in Ethete, WY – and not FCSD#1. The two districts share the same 332 phone prefix which may have led to some confusion for radio listeners. We are not offering a virtual option this year; instead we are committed to using our resources to offer high-quality, in-person instruction to our students.”

As of this writing, no other school districts are providing public COVID case numbers.

For specific FCSD COVID protocol information, click here.

Any further questions should be fielded to the specific school’s District Office.

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