By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Cheyenne’s school district, Laramie County School District No. 1, has dropped its mask order in the final days of the school year.
The district announced the change Wednesday morning, noting that it would take effect June 1 and the last day of school is June 3. However, face coverings will still be strongly recommended for students and staff.
Students will still be required to wear masks while on school buses.
The district will keep these orders in place until the state’s mask requirements expire, expected at the end of the month
Cheyenne school officials are following in the steps taken by many school districts across the state which have obtained a variance from state mask requirements in the final days of the school year.
The requirement for students to continue using masks is the last of the public health orders still in place from the coronavirus pandemic. An order limiting the number of people allowed to attend indoor events and a requirement for mask use on college campuses has already been lifted.
Effective Monday, the University of Wyoming is only recommending masks and distancing for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, continuing UW’s transition to a traditional fall 2021 semester.
Around 28% of Wyoming residents are fully vaccinated, according to Wyoming Department of Health data. A recent report showed that Wyoming had one of the highest concentrations of coronavirus skeptics in the nation.
The Pfizer vaccine was recently made available to children between the ages of 12 to 15, in addition to anyone over 16. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for adults 18 and over.