By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Cheyenne elementary school is shifting to online-only classes for at least a week due to a spike in coronavirus cases among its teachers.
Laramie County School District No. 1 announced Thursday evening that five of Fairview Elementary’s six teachers are either in isolation or quarantine due to Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department orders.
The elementary school will shift to online classes at least through next week to keep students from being exposed. This decision was made in part due to a lack of substitutes available for face-to-face learning.
All 105 students (none of whom have tested positive for the virus) will be issued appropriate tools in order to continue classes online next week.
Officials will decide next week about whether or not the school will resume in-person classes or if there will be a hybrid of online and in-person learning.
This is the first example of a school in Wyoming shutting down to the coronavirus for the fall semester. All state schools were closed in March due to the virus, but school districts created their own adapted learning plans in case coronavirus cases spiked and caused them to shut down again.