By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Students in Shoshoni are now exempt from wearing masks while at school, Fremont County School District 24 announced Wednesday morning.
Beginning Wednesday, students were not required to wear a mask or face covering while in school, but were welcome continue wearing them if they wished to do so.
“Please respect those that continue to mask as they may have a family member they are trying to protect,” the district said in an announcement Wednesday.
There are three schools in Shoshoni: Shoshoni Elementary, Shoshoni Junior High and Shoshoni High School.
The Wyoming Department of Health granted the district an exception this week, but noted it could be revoked in the event that coronavirus infections trend upward.
Students will still be required to wear masks while on the school bus, though.
“Our buses must conform to national transportation standards and requirements. Transportation will still be required to conform to national requirements regarding COVID-19,” the district said.
The district added that if a student or teacher is diagnosed with the coronavirus, there could be extensive contact tracing.
“Do your due diligence, continue to stop the spread, stay home when you don’t feel well, allow our kids the opportunity to receive instruction in person, and take care of yourself,” the district said. “We have been granted an exception, please respect that it is an exception and can be revoked. We are still working through logistics.”
The district is following in the steps of many others across Wyoming that have received exemptions from mask usage, including Torrington, Cody and more.