Wyoming’s schools will have until April 6 to develop a plan for the continued education of their students in the face of a new state order extending the closure of schools for two weeks, according to Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.
Balow, in a news release Friday, said each school district must have its “Adapted Learning Plan” approved by the state Department of Education by April 6 to continue receiving state funds.
Gov. Mark Gordon and Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s health officer, on Friday announced the state would extend until April 17 the orders closing the state’s schools. The orders had originally been set to end on April 3.
The state’s school districts have been working on plans to offer remote education to students online since the school closures began in mid-March. Balow praised the efforts by the districts to provide for their students.
“School doors may be closed to students, but Wyoming education is open for business,” Balow said. “The desire by teachers to connect with their students and provide learning opportunities has been inspiring. Teaching and learning while practicing social distancing is a new concept for many. Teachers, parents, and students all need support in order for it to be successful.”