Worland News 8-28-18

Written by on August 28, 2018

An audio version of this news available here.

Washakie County School District #1 Trustees and Superintendent David Nicholas began a discussion on implementing an early release schedule as early as next school year.
The early release day would take place on Friday’s each week. Teachers and administrators in attendance at last night’s meeting expressed interest in the new scheduling as it would allow for more collaboration time, while still not interfering with the amount of student contact time they already have. The elementary schools mentioned they may benefit the most from the change as collaboration is a useful tool inside their buildings. Trustee member Dean DuPree did suggest that some teachers in the Middle School and High School may not have other teachers to collaborate with, as there may only be one instructor for a specific subject, he referenced his time at the High School as the only Chemistry and Physics teacher.
The board also discussed how many kids were already missing Friday’s through activities and sports, Athletic Director Mark Mortimer stated between 80 and 90 students miss Friday’s with a maximum estimate of about 100 being absent through school activities, and an additional 10-14 coaches accompany those students.
As well, a number of students and their parents throughout each building rely on the schools as a safe place or a place with supervison on school days. Cirriculum Director Jodi Rakness pointed out that the Learning Club deploys a plan to be open earlier and be a place kids can access on early release days.
Board President Don Bryant asked Mr. Nicholas to put a number of options together for the board to consider on the proposed Early Release schedule. More details will follow as the school board continues to meet throughout the remainder of this year.

Wyoming’s first reported West Nile virus case for 2018 involves a Fremont County adult, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals or other birds.
Quote, “Wyoming residents should remember to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” end quote, said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH.
Most people infected with WNV don’t have symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. A very small number develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease with symptoms such as severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.
Since WNV first appeared in Wyoming in 2002 the number of reported human cases has varied widely from year to year.

University of Wyoming officials say they expect more than 1,700 freshmen to attend classes this fall.
The Laramie Boomerang reports university spokesman Chad Baldwin made the estimate Friday, in addition to Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Kyle Moore predicting last month that the number would be 1,750.
That would be a 3 percent increase over fall 2017.
The university won’t be able to get a firm number on a freshman class size until classes are in full swing. Classes begin Wednesday.
The university is facing capacity issues in its dormitories after back-to-back years of strong enrollment numbers.

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