Sweetwater 311

Public Information Site for Sweetwater County, WY

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March 17, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

Sweetwater County School District Number One will continue to base decisions with
the health and well-being of our students, employees and community as our highest
priority. We will practice social distancing as our staff works to ensure services are provided to
our students during this unprecedented time. It is through difficult times that we rally and find
strength in one another. Let this be an opportunity to show that no act of kindness goes

Our District leadership team met virtually to outline the educational process for March 23 - 27,
2020 and March 30 - April 3, 2020. The following plans are in place:

Nutrition Services

Free meals through Nutrition Services will be available both weeks for all students and any
individual under the age of 19, enrolled student or not. All individuals under the age of 19 are
eligible to eat for free. This opportunity also includes children that are not school age (i.e. 3 year
olds, toddlers, etc.). Breakfast and lunch opportunities will be available at the same time,
Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the following sites:

● Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery, 800 Thompson Street

● SCM Parish Center Parking Lot, 633 Bridger Avenue

● Imperial Apartments, Imperial Drive

● Kum & Go (right-hand side), 9th Street

● Tegler & Associates (across from Grubb’s Drive-In), 1125 Pilot Butte Avenue

● Desert View Elementary School Parking Lot, 1900 Desert Boulevard

● Gateway Trailer Park (the dirt lot), 222 Gateway Boulevard

● Rock Springs High School (garage doors on James Drive), 1375 James Drive

● Overland Elementary School Parking Lot, 3400 Foothill Boulevard

● Winterhawk and Raindance mailboxes

● Volcic Mobile Home Park (by the mailboxes), 166 Foothill Boulevard

● Purple Sage Mobile Home Park (by the mailboxes), 45 Purple Sage Road

● Superior - Berta and Main, Superior, WY

● Point of Rocks (Conoco Station), Point of Rocks,WY

● Farson-Eden School parking lot, Highway 28 Farson, WY

● Desert School (Wamsutter) parking lot, 235 Bugas, Wamsutter, WY

Families will need to practice social distancing when buses arrive for deliveries. Children do not
need to be present and breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up by parents/guardians.

The District Information Technology (IT) Department will be distributing devices to students in
grades K - 6. Kindergarten - 3rd grade will receive iPads from their classroom, and grades 4 - 6
will receive their laptops. Included with this technology will be a letter with directions for care,
filtering, cleaning, connecting to wireless, and login information. The IT Go-Bag will also
contain a Badge that can be scanned with the iPad or laptop camera to log students into relevant
educational sites. A charger will also be included in the bag. There will be ample technical
support available to our students, staff, and families. Information for that may be found at:
http://www.sweetwater1.org/groups/4798/information_technology/technology_support. Live
Chat support with our IT team may be initiated here: https://tawk.to/scsd1.it. This support will be
available during regular school hours for each of our school sites beginning March 23, 2020 from
8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Families will be able to pick up their IT Go-Bags at your child’s school from
9:00 - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to pick up your technology and curriculum. Do
not exit your vehicle. The equipment will be brought to your car by District staff.

Students in grades 7 - 12 have individual laptops already provided to them. If your student did
not bring their device home over the spring break, please call the school on Monday, March 23
and let the office staff know. Families will be able to pick up their student laptop at your child’s
school from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Similar to above, please do not
exit your vehicle. The equipment will be brought to your car by District staff. Note, we will be
limited on office staff as we are trying to have staff work from home when possible. Junior and
high school students will have access to coursework via Canvas, Google Classroom, Unified
Classroom, etc. This is already a part of their routine, so it should be a little more seamless.
Additionally, teachers will be using other technology to support two-way interactions between
students and teachers.

Students and parents are not allowed in the schools during the closure. This is for safety reasons
as we continue to practice social distancing. Please help us by supporting this expectation as we
know it is important for your student to stay in contact with their teachers and be transparent.

The nurses will be available at the schools from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23 and
Tuesday March 24 to provide parents their child’s medications. Please call the school if you
need alternative arrangements and when you will be arriving so they can be taken out to you.
The nurses will also be available during the closure by ParentSquare if you have questions and
concerns you need to inquire about.

Sweetwater #1 is using this opportunity to sanitize and disinfect all of our buildings and buses
with approved COVID-19 fighting products. This sanitizing process includes every aspect of the
school such as the cafeteria, classrooms, doorknobs, desks, restrooms, and buses.
Instructional needs during this time

Thank you for your patience while the District received confirmation on a waiver from the
Wyoming Department of Education. This waiver reduces the number of required instructional
calendar days that the District is closing school. In essence, the school closure dates from March
23, 2020 – April 3, 2020 do not need to be made up. However, in the best interests of our
students, the District will be providing online learning so students receive instruction during this
time. By expanding online education, the District will be prepared in the event school closures
would need to continue after April 3.

On Monday, March 23, families can expect a communication from their student’s school
Principal. You will have most likely received information from them already.
In general, here is what you can expect for the weeks of March 23-27, 2020 and March 30 -
April 3, 2020.

Monday, March 23, 2020
● Meal service begins for all students and any individual under the age of 19.
● Certified and classified staff report to their home school.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
● Technology for students in grades K - 12 will be distributed.

Wednesday, March 25 - April 3, 2020
● Online instruction begins. Families and students will receive information from their
   child’s teachers. This will be content that your student really needs to know for the next
   couple of weeks. Please be patient. For some, this is a new format. Take time to learn the
   platform and how things work. Keep the communication going with teachers. Utilize the
   Tech support. We can do this!

● Principals will be available from 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. to help and answer questions. They can
    be contacted through ParentSquare or by the email addresses provided on the website at
    http://www.sweetwater1.org/leadership_team and scrolling down.

● All of our teachers will have specific availability hours Monday through Friday between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. that will be communicated from the school.

As mentioned earlier, we are trying to keep District staff healthy too and follow the Centers For
Disease Control Guidelines. Staff are encouraged to work or engage in school from home
whenever possible. The District will be sending information on how to contact your teachers. It
is the same format used during our last parent-teacher conferences.

Students receiving services under IDEA or Section 504
All students will receive equal access to the educational opportunities and services provided by
the District. Students receiving services under IDEA will have IEP meetings as scheduled.
Parents and staff can attend via phone and will be contacted by the District as needed. Parents
should feel welcome to contact their child’s teacher of record with any questions.

All extracurricular activities and events (i.e. Bingo for Books, prom, sports, the school play)
have been suspended at this time. Teams and clubs will not hold any practices or meetings
during this time. This includes all community activities housed in the District’s buildings, after
hours. No field trips will occur during this time of closure. As the District receives more
information on closures, and if we are able to reschedule postponed events we will share them
with the community.

We are so very grateful for the outstanding leadership in this District and community. As we all
navigate these uncertain and stressful days, we could not be more grateful for our District Staff,
parents, and community members working around the clock to provide timely communications
and support. The District has received great questions and understands the impact closing
schools has on a community. We would especially thank All West Communications for the
support and services during this time.

Our District team is dedicated to ensuring our students are safe and have outstanding educational
opportunities at home. It will certainly not be the same without the energy of the students and
staff in the buildings, but we are confident that together, as a team, we will figure it out. Thank
you for being patient with us as we make these decisions and know that we are all doing our best,
cognizant of all the impact each decision has on our students, families and community. Times
like this bring us together and we want you to know that your trust in our school District means a
lot to each of us. We are united in service to your students first and foremost.

We will continue to base our decisions with the health and well-being of our students, employees
and community as our highest priority. Sweetwater #1 is a place for all of us.


Kelly McGovern, Superintendent of Schools

Carol Jelaco, Chairman of the Board

Stephanie Thompson, Vice Chairman

Max Mickelson, Clerk

George Reedy, Trustee

Matt Jackman, Treasurer

Lenny Hay, Trustee

John Bettolo, Trustee