Smart Start schools reopening guidance has been released.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow released the Smart Start guidance document Wednesday at a joint press conference with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The guidance provides requirements, recommendations, and considerations based on three tiers of possible reopening and operating scenarios schools may face this fall. Ultimately, conditions and expectations surrounding re-openings will depend—not on statewide mandate—but on local control.

In an effort to understand the full scope of its meaning and impact for Wyoming educators, WEA staff and governance are diligently working to review this document. WEA will be working with leadership in locals across the state to ensure educator voice is considered in reopening plans in every district in Wyoming.

Please continue to monitor communications from WEA, as we navigate this unprecedented situation and strive to protect the health and safety or Wyoming students educators, and all education employees and the fiscal stability of the Wyoming education system. WEA will be providing members with guidance and resources addressing re-openings in the weeks and months to come.

 

  • The Smart Start guidance document is available for review here.   

  • Governor Gordon and Superintendent Balow's joint press conference is available for viewing here


Please note: WEA will be working in concert with local leadership. If you have particular concerns regarding health, safety, or occupational responsibility as it relates to school re-openings please reach out to your local president or regional UniServ Director

Initial Guidance for Reopening Schools:

"All Hands on Deck"

Local leaders across Wyoming are working with members to identify and prioritize materials and protocols to maximize the health and safety of students and educators when in-person schooling begins in many districts, this fall. This document, created by the National Education Association, is a great resource to serve as a reference for identifying issues and solutions. 

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In these trying and uncertain times, your Association is here for you. 

Learn more about taking care of your students, yourself, your colleagues and our future. Plus, learn more about what WEA/NEA is doing to support educators, students and schools. 

Explore these COVID-19 Resources from WEA. 

Wyoming schools are closed, but WEA is still hard at work for members across the state. The entire WEA staff remains available to you and is continuing to work fulltime, remotely.

 

WEA is working with local leaders to gather information and advocate for the protection of vulnerable students and educators, maintain equitable student access to learning materials and resources, and meals, and ensure that educators are kept financially whole throughout the duration of school closures. ​

Our Coronavirus resources will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Related questions may be directed to WEA's Communications Director, Amanda Turner at aturner@wyoea.org. 

If you have a safety or other workplace concern, UniServ Directors are still available to assist members. Regional UniServ contact information is listed under the 'Contact' tab on this website. 

Resources for NEA Members

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Check out NEA's newly-developed micro-credential courses on COVID-19. Earn a micro-credential in social distancing, distances learning or COVID-19 best practices for ESP. 

NEA members enjoy complimentary access to Community Online Academy. Every Thursday, a "Kid Track" and an "Adult Track" run, teaching everything from Python coding and robotics, to leadership development, workout classes, and more. Participants can join in live classes from industry-leading experts.

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The Professional Growth Continuum is NEA's answer to providing the best professional development opportunities for ESP. 

WEA wants to celebrate you! Please share with us your stories of the innovation and dedication being demonstrated by Wyoming educators in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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