Big Horn County School District #2 recognizes the concerns of students, staff, parents, and community regarding the spread of COVID-19. We will use this page to provide the most recent decisions that impact our schools.
Decisions: Schools are faced with major decisions regarding COVID-19. To help make these decisions we take direction from state and county health officials as well as the Wyoming Department of Education. In light of the rapidly changing course of the virus, decisions will be made on an ongoing basis.
The following sections will be updated frequently; check back often for updates.
SCHOOL CLOSURE for STUDENTS
March 16 - May 28, 2020
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. Big Horn #2 strives to provide the most current information to the students, staff, parents, and community. Watch here for updates. The historic updates are saved at the bottom of this page for your reference.
LMS/LHS Sports Physicals for 2020-21 School Year
Attention Parents: North Big Horn Hospital will have a different process to do sports physicals for the upcoming school year due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Parents will need to make an appointment with a provider for the sports physicals along with any other vaccines students might need. If you have further questions you can contact the Big Horn County School Nurse through email: email@example.com or call the hospital at 548-5201.
Below you will find the physical form that parents should print off, complete, and bring it with you on the day of the appointment.
Wyoming Food Bank Distribution
We want to make you aware of a Mobile Pantry Drive-Up food distribution this Saturday, May 9, 2020 between Greybull and Basin at the following location:
Frontier Mini Storage - 500 US Hwy 20 S
Basin, Wyoming 82426
Directions to the Site: 5 miles south of Greybull or 2 miles north of Basin. Access will be coming in from Golf Course road and exiting to highway 16 and 20.
They will be distributing 400 boxes of food to give to families in need. If you are unable to make it yourself a proxy form needs to be completed and given to someone who can pick up a box for you. Here is the link for the proxy form. http://wyomingfoodbank.org/…/Proxy-Form-for-MP-drive-up-dis…
4/28/2020: SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE
Big Horn County School District #2 has extended the school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Education will continue in the home setting, as defined through the Adapted Learning Plan. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community continue to be of primary importance. Principals will make adjustments as approved by the county health official. We will keep you updated if anything changes.
4/16/2020: LHS Grading System: Update
An article in today's Lovell Chronicle reported that changes have been approved to Lovell High School's grading system. I would like to clarify the board's motion for approval. The Chronicle reported that the change to a "two-tier pass/fail grading system was approved." In actuality, the motion was to approve the temporary grading system with the full intent that the grading system may be adjusted as needed. The board is well aware of the ever-changing systems during this time of school closures. At the beginning of the closure, we had thought it would work to stick with our original grading system. However, it soon became apparent that this was not best for many students who do not have the opportunity, resources, and support to truly find success without being at school. We considered two other options. One was the Pass/Fail system. The other was a dual system that provided an option for both. At this point, LHS is seriously looking at the dual system because it benefits all students. Please be patient with us as we work through this decision. We will update you by the end of this week regarding the temporary grading system at LHS. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call me at 548-2259.
Nancy Cerroni, Interim Superintendent
Update 4/8/2020: A Message from State Superintendent Jillian Balow...
Although nothing definite has been said, Supt. Jillian Balow reached out to Wyoming students that "they may finish the remainder of the 2019-20 school year at home. We will keep you updated on this as we learn more. At this point, the schools are closed until April 30, 2020.
4/3/2020 Update: SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2020
Governor Gordon issued an order today that will extend the school closure through April 30, 2020. At Big Horn #2 we will carry on with the same type of learning plan that we have had in place for the past couple of weeks (see documents to the right for more information). In addition, the Governor has issued travel warnings. This is important information for anyone who was planning on out-of-state travel during Spring Break. Governor Gordon stated in the order: "Any individual coming or returning to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days." Spring Break is scheduled to being with full days off on April. 8-13. We urge you to follow the precautionary measures to keep your family safe.
School Closures Extended
The Governor and State Health Officer released a statement today that school closures would be extended until April 17, 2020. In the release, Governor Gordan said, "I understand the ongoing strain that these measures are having on businesses, workers and Wyoming communities. But it is imperative that our citizens respond to this public health crisis by staying home whenever possible and practicing proper social distancing when they must go out. This is how we can save lives and protect people’s health." State Health Officer, Dr. Harrist supported this statement by saying, "The best tool we have to reduce the potential burden on our healthcare system and save lives is for all of us to limit our contact with other people as much as possible."
The Big Horn County School District Admin Team will write an "Adapted Learning Plan" to define the processes we will use to continue school in a home-bound setting which will stay consistent with the practices we have been doing since the closure began on March 16.
3/26/20 - Closure Update: Here we are a little past the mid-point of our school closure due to COVID-19. This began on March 16 and was scheduled to end on April 3 with school resuming on April 6. So now, as we watch the numbers of cases in Wyoming increase on a daily basis, we will, in all likelihood, have to extend the closure. At this point we do not know the length of the extension. We will keep in close contact with our county health officer and the Wyoming Department of Education to make this decision. We know this is hard on everyone: teachers, students, and parents. The district places a high priority on keeping our students safe and healthy. Their well-being is our first and foremost concern. The Wyoming Department of Education has instructed all districts to plan for longer school closures. We are required to submit an educational plan to describe how we will be educating our students. We are well prepared for this plan as, from the start, we had made the commitment to provide education to all of our students. This remote system of education is new to all of us and we want to be partners with parents in the education of our students. Communication is a key factor in the success of the education system that we have had to adapt to due to the impact of COVID-19. The next part of this update will present effective communication methods that will help with building the partnership between home and school
Update 3/17/2020: The district worked hard yesterday to provide meals and education for our students. Here are some of the events of the day:
- Family Phone Call: Each family should have received a call to ask about internet accessibility and meal requests. Thanks to all the families who responded to the call with kindness and support. Please contact your child's school if you did not get a call or if you want to revise your meal request.
- Meal Delivery: The food service director and transportation director worked to develop a delivery route for meals. We will have four drop off points that will deliver at two different times.
- The delivery times are: Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 am and Lunch 11:00-12:00.
- Delivery Spots: Constitution Park, Sugar Factory Park, East Field, and Bryon bus drop-off.
- Education Plans: Each school made plans for educating the students. All students will have iPads and possibly other educational materials.
- Education Material Pick-Up: Arrangements are being made for parents/students to pick up iPads and other materials if provided. The details for this will be provided by the schools.
This is a very unique time in the history of our school and we do ask your patience as we implement this remote learning environment. We urge you to support your children in their continued education.
A parent letter will be coming to you through the USPS with an overview of the steps the schools are taking during this closure. A copy of the letter is shared below as well.
HISTORIC UPDATES: Check back here to read the past updates regarding Coronavirus COVID 19.
Update 3/19/2020: Right now the busiest place in the district is at the Lovell Elementary School lunchroom. Each morning the food service crew arrives early and begins preparing the meals, packing meals into vehicles, delivering across several locations, then starting over for the next day. A good program deserves a good name, so we have named the breakfast and lunch program "Catering for Kids." Catering is the business of providing food service at a remote site. What a great name! Check out each school's website to find out the pick-up/delivery schedule. All district students 18 and under are eligible to receive meals. Use the link below to sign up for meals if you wish to participate.
Click here to register for meals: BGH2 Meal Delivery
Update: March 15/20: A public health notice was issued on March 15, 2020 by the Big Horn County Health officer, to close schools under Title 35-1-240(a)(iv). Under this directive, Big Horn County School District will close school for students starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, and will remain closed until April 3, or until we receive further direction from the state or county health officials. Staff members will report to their respective buildings at their regular time on March 16, to receive further instruction. Watch for further updates and information on the district website: www.bgh2.org
School Status: COVID-19 brings the possibility of school closures. Here is the recent status for the three schools in our district.
- At this point, we will resume school for Lovell Elementary School, Lovell Middle School, and Lovell High School on Monday, March 16 as normal.
- Plans being developed in the case of school closure.
Activities: The District strives to provide the best information regarding student activities. Based on documents from the Wyoming High School Activities Association and the Wyoming Public Health Office, Big Horn County School District #2 will cancel or suspend participation in state events and extra-curricular activities. Practices will continue, but as of now the following events have been cancelled or suspended. The District/School calendars will be updated with this information as quickly as possible.
- State Events: The Wyoming High school Activities Association has suspended all extracurricular activities statewide, beginning Monday, March 16 through at least March 28, 2020. These include:
- March 12-14: State Speech and Debate
- March 12-14: 3A/4A State Basketball Tournament
- March 14: Middle School Conference Swim Meet at Worland
- March 19: Speech/Debate District National Qualifying Tournament
- March 25-27: FCCLA State Convention (Some events will be conducted through digital methods)
- April 15-18: 2020 Wyoming FFA Convention
- District/School Events: These are events for the upcoming week that have been cancelled or adjusted. Watch this site for updates about future events. As a general rule, all district/school events will be cancelled or suspended if spectators are involved.
- March 16 & March 19: Lovell Elementary 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Field Trips
- March 16: Strong Fathers/Strong Families Assembly
- March 17: K-12 Pops Concert
- March 18-20: Parent Teacher Conferences - We will not be having face-to-face PT Conferences. Teachers will be in their classrooms during the conference times. If there are any concerns, your child's teacher will contact you through phone, email or by other electronic means to schedule a time to discuss progress at school.
- March 21: FFA Labor Auction
- Community Recreation Events:
- March 14: USA Wrestling
- March 20-April 16: Junior League Basketball (includes all games and practices)
Travel: Big Horn #2 will follow guidelines provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to make decisions based on staff/student travel. If you have traveled or plan on traveling, refer to this site to determine attendance at school. Any student who faced COVID-19 exposure during travel and may be placed in a homebound education situation due to a school or self based quarantine will have their absences waived. Parents, please contact the school if you feel your student should be considered for homebound services. Use the link below to determine the risk factor for your travel destination either domestic or international.