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LCSD #1 issues letter to parents on decision to make masks optional in schools

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Dr. Margaret Crespo, Superintendent of Schools for Laramie County School District #1 issued a letter to parents of students addressing the recent changes to the district’s Smart Start Plan – which includes the decision to make masks optional in schools.

“Some of you may support masks and more stringent health protocols while others may support loosening the protocol. Please know we are trying to meet everyone’s perspective,” Crespo wrote in the letter to the community.

During a January 10th meeting that ran nearly five hours, the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees voted to make masks optional in the district’s schools beginning Jan. 24.

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“COVID is here to stay, and we have to learn to live with it like we’ve learned to live with influenza and other types of viruses and diseases,” Assistant Treasurer Christy Klaassen, who voted yes on making masks optional, said at the meeting. 

The full letter to the district community from LCSD #1 Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo is as follows:

Dear Laramie County School District 1 Families,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Laramie County School District 1 has been to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff and keep school open for in-person learning.

We recognize that it has been a long two years! We are so grateful for our families and students who have worked with us every step of the way. Thank you for your partnership as we navigate through this ever-changing situation.

The availability of a COVID-19 vaccination for children and adults is helping to change our response to the pandemic. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided updated health guidelines on Jan. 6, 2022.

Due to these factors, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, the LCSD1 Board of Trustees approved an addendum to our Smart Start Plan. Some of these changes went into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, while the remainder will start on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

Details regarding the revisions are available at the following link: Smart Start Addendum 1-10-22. We understand many of you have varying perspectives regarding these changes. Some of you may support masks and more stringent health protocol while others may support loosening the protocol. Please know we are trying to meet everyone’s perspective. As we navigate this situation, we will continue to follow our regular illness guidelines and update based on the latest suggestions from the CDC and Wyoming Department of Health.

Additionally, we will continue to follow our Big 4: Stay home if you are sick. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently. Masks are highly recommended (beginning Jan. 24, 2022.) Socially distance by 6 feet if and when you can.

We recognize this transition will provide us with opportunities and challenges. Working together we can help our students succeed socially, emotionally and academically.

Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Crespo
Superintendent of Schools


The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.