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I hope you and your family are healthy at this challenging time.  Now that spring break is over it is a good time to update parents/guardians on plans for continued education as we try to complete this school year.  This information will be accurate as of the writing of this letter.  Things have changed multiple times over the last three weeks.

 

The State of Wyoming has closed all schools until at least April 20; however, that may be extended, so the Department of Education has directed all school districts to develop an Adapted Learning Plan to deliver basic educational services remotely. This will involve multiple formats including emails, various software platforms, video conference and other means.  CCSD#2 is working to develop that plan and to provide multiple tools for students, families and teachers to put the plan into effect.  Teachers across the district are working this week to develop lessons to start next week for all students.  At this time, it is unclear how long we will use this Adapted Learning Plan but for the foreseeable future we will be utilizing this and it may be how the school year is completed based on guidance from state health and educational officials.

 

The district web page will be the most up to date source for information regarding school closure and guidance from state officials.  This is a fluid and ongoing situation so please be patient as we try to hit the ground running with a remote educational delivery program. Please feel free to contact us and we will try to answer your questions to the best of our knowledge, the best way is via school email.

 

Encampment School is offering free emergency meals to students and families in our community ages 18 & under. If your family needs meals during this time, please place your order for emergency meals online to help us ensure we know how many to prepare.

 

Please remember this is an ongoing and evolving situation and there will be issues to work through.  Stay safe and well as we work through this challenging time together.

Mike Erickson

UPDATES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSING STAFF

03/31/2020

 

With the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, national, state, and local authorities are finding it necessary to review, update and adjust procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of all. In response, our school district continues to exam our practices and will respond and adjust as needed during this time.

The CCSD #2 nursing staff will continue to bring updates to students and parents as necessary; please note the following items:

  • If your student has any medications on campus and you would like to have those at home; please contact your school secretary and we will facilitate pick-up for those.
  • For students with inhalers; please be aware that there is currently a nation-wide albuterol shortage (due to the effects of the pandemic). Please be proactive in checking expiration dates on your child’s inhaler and placing refill orders with plenty of excess time allowed.

Our school district has always observed guidelines for safe return to work or school following an illness; however, with the COVID-19 pandemic we are responding with heightened safety practices. Going forward our timelines for safe return following illness will include:

  • During normal times with minor illness; 24 hours symptom free before return to work or school
  • During times of severe illness outbreak such as widespread influenza or stomach virus; 48 hours symptom free before return to work or school
  • During times of declared medical pandemic; 72 hours symptom free before returning to work or school

*Please note: with our existing COVID-19 pandemic the 72 hour guideline will be in practice for all students and staff until further notice.  (Currently our district is observing online/distance learning procedures; however in the event our students return to on campus learning during this school year, then the 72 hour guideline will be in practice thru the end of May.)

 

*Keep a watch on the District website for current information and updates!

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Dr. Copeland will be posting all updates on the CCSD#2 website. Please go to their website for the latest information.

Due to the Coronavirus recommendations, all Carbon County School District #2 Schools will be closed beginning at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17th  through Friday April 17th - including the Central Office, to the General Public to limit exposure for our essential personnel who will be working during the closure period.  Please call or email for any help needed.  Deliveries will be allowed as possible during this time. 

February 29, 2020
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
A Parent Resource
A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future.
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
Specific Guidelines
Remain calm and reassuring.
• Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
• What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
• If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
• Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
• Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.
Make yourself available.
• Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
• It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them; make time for them.
• Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.
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Avoid excessive blaming.
• When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone.
• It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
• Bullying or negative comments made toward others should be stopped and reported to the school.
• Be aware of any comments that other adults are having around your family. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.
Monitor television viewing and social media.
• Limit television viewing or access to information on the Internet and through social media. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.
• Speak to your child about how many stories about COVID-19 on the Internet may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
• Talk to your child about factual information of this disease—this can help reduce anxiety.
• Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety—avoid this.
• Be aware that developmentally inappropriate information (i.e., information designed for adults) can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children.
• Engage your child in games or other interesting activities instead.
Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.
• Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
• Encourage your children to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.
Be honest and accurate.
• In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
• Don’t ignore their concerns, but rather explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with COVID-19.
• Children can be told this disease is thought to be spread between people who are in close contact with one another—when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• It is also thought it can be spread when you touch an infected surface or object, which is why it is so important to protect yourself.
• For additional factual information contact your school nurse, ask your doctor, or check the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html website.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19.
• The CDC believes these symptoms appear in a few days after being exposed to someone with the disease or as long as 14 days after exposure:
o Fever
o Cough
o Shortness for breath
• For some people the symptoms are like having a cold; for others they are quite severe or even life threatening. In either case it is important to check with your child’s healthcare provider (or yours) and follow instructions about staying home or away from public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus.
Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection.
• Encourage your child to practice every day good hygiene—simple steps to prevent spread of illness:
o Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds (singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star slowly takes about 20 seconds).
o Cover their mouths with a tissue when they sneeze or cough and throw away the tissue immediately, or sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow. Do not share food or drinks.
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o Practice giving fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes. Fewer germs are spread this way.
• Giving children guidance on what they can do to prevent infection gives them a greater sense of control over disease spread and will help to reduce their anxiety.
• Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly; this will help them develop a strong immune system to fight off illness.
Discuss new rules or practices at school.
• Many schools already enforce illness prevention habits, including frequent hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand cleansers.
• Your school nurse or principal will send information home about any new rules or practices.
• Be sure to discuss this with your child.
• Contact your school nurse with any specific questions.
Communicate with your school.
• Let your school know if your child is sick and keep them home. Your school may ask if your child has a fever or not. This information will help the school to know why your child was kept home. If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19, let the school know so they can communicate with and get guidance from local health authorities.
• Talk to your school nurse, school psychologist, school counselor, or school social worker if your child is having difficulties as a result of anxiety or stress related to COVID-19. They can give guidance and support to your child at school.
• Make sure to follow all instructions from your school.
Take Time to Talk
You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. However, don’t avoid giving them the information that health experts identify as critical to ensuring your children’s health. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions.
When sharing information, it is important make sure to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress, remind children that adults are working to address this concern, and give children actions they can take to protect themselves.
Information is rapidly changing about this new virus—to have the most correct information stay informed by accessing https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Keep Explanations Age Appropriate
• Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
• Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and
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community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
• Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children
• Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust.
• Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
• It is important that all students treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19.
• There are things you can do to stay health and avoid spreading the disease: o Avoid close contact with people who are sick. o Stay home when you are sick. o Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. o Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds). o If you don’t have soap, use hand sanitizer (60–95% alcohol based). o Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Additional Resources
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/SMA14-4886
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/sma14-4885
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About, https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf
For more information related to schools and physical and mental health, visit www.nasponline.org and www.nasn.org.
© 2020, National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-657-0270

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The Encampment K-12 School is a K-12 public education institution located in Encampment, Wyoming. It is part of Carbon County School District #2.

 

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The Town of Encampment and Town of Riverside are nestled in south-central Carbon County between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Range mountain ranges in the south central part of the state. Located forty miles south of Interstate 80 and 85 miles west of Laramie, the tiny town is home to 442 people. Grand Encampment, as it was originally known, served as an early day meeting place for Indians and trappers. Later tie cutters, miners and cattlemen came to the area. During the peak of the copper mining days the town boasted a smelter, the world's longest aerial tramway, and several thousand people. Smaller towns sprang up in several locations near the larger mines. When the copper mining boom ended just after the turn of the century, mines and towns were abandoned and the population of Encampment shrunk. Today Encampment is supported by the timber, ranching and recreation industries.

Carbon County is located in the south-central portion of Wyoming and is the third largest county in Wyoming. Its southern boundary is the Wyoming/Colorado border. The Continental Divide, which separates the eastern and western watersheds of North America, runs north and south through the county. The county is a study in contrasts - from snow-capped mountains and high plateaus in the south & north, to vast prairie lands in the east and the Red Desert basin in the west. Elevations range from 5,000 feet in the Red Desert to 12,006 feet in the Snowy Range.

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