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Superintendent Message

July 6, 2020

Zickefoose FamilyIn this message I will share a little of what is ahead of us in battling COVID 19 and a little about me and my family. I look forward to getting to know each of you and working with you to do the very best that we can for all of our students. Be looking for a back to school letter in the next week or so.

My first day on the job as the Superintendent of Fremont County School District #6 was met with a task that will be important to all of us. The Smart Start Guidance was released to paint a path to school reopening in the fall of 2020 amidst COVID 19. In the document are requirements, recommendations and considerations for implementation. The district will work diligently to address the guidance and tailor it to fit the needs of our students and community. Parents and guardians will play a huge role in the success of the restart by pre-screening your student or students before sending them to school. The list below was provided by the state and will continue to be refined by state health officials as well as local county public health officials as each and every county and school district in Wyoming addresses COVID 19 with their own unique and ever changing circumstances.

Does your student have any of the following symptoms:

  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • A fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
  • A sore throat
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies
  • Unusual fatigue

Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms?

Has your student been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?

The student must be excluded from school if the answer to any of the above questions is “yes.”

There will be much more to come on COVID 19 as the district works through the document. I do appreciate having a guiding document to work from as we all want our students back in school August 17, and we all want them safe.

Stephanie, my wife and best friend, and I have five kids from age 10 to 27. Allie, 27, is a UW grad and a Speech-Language Pathologist in New York; Parker, 21, is studying Construction Project Management at Northern Arizona University; Thane, 21, completed an AS at Gillette and is going to UW this fall to study all things earthy and animally; Tatum, 18, graduated with her AA from Gillette College before graduating from Campbell County High School and will be heading to UW this fall as well to study Natural Resources. Hirsch, 10, will be attending Wind River Elementary as a growing fifth grader. Aside from raising kids, I also enjoy the fall event of herding large game, graciously sending money to the Wyoming Game and Fish annually for this honor. There is something about a middle aged guy like myself walking through fields and timber with a longbow in hand that puts a smile on every critter encountered. If our paths cross this fall while I’m herding a smile is sufficient, laughter is not necessary.

Go enjoy that Wyoming summer day,

Troy L. Zickefoose, Superintendent

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