Riverton Schools to Open August 24th – With Masks

Riverton Schools Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Andre-Flanagan appeared on the Wind River Radio Network's Let's Talk Fremont program on Tuesday.. Wyotoday.com photo by Ernie Over

Riverton Schools Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Andre-Flanagan said this week that school in Riverton will begin with face-to-face instruction on August 24th. She also noted on the Wind River Radio Network’s Let’s Talk Fremont Program that students will be screened before boarding a bus and for each student entering a school building.

Andre-Flanagan said the district will have in place automated temperature scanners, which would give results in seconds and allow an orderly entry into buildings. Any student with a temperature at 100 or higher and/or exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms would be sent home.

Masks would be required of students during crossing times in the hallways and in the restrooms, where social distancing is not possible.

She also noted that the district’s new Spur Academy, which will feature virtual delivery of subjects, will be ready to go this fall. The virtual academy will provide all subjects that are needed for graduation, plus some electives, but not all of the class offerings available to students in the buildings.

“We’ll have school, but it will look different this year,” she said. Andre-Flanagan said district staff and teachers have been working on the back to school plans all spring and summer. The Superintendent said she’d have the plans out for our patrons to review on the district’s websites as they are finalized and as soon as the state signs off on the district’s return to school plans.