MARCH 15 - Worland, Thermopolis classes canceled, Ten Sleep school in session Monday


March 12, 2020

Worland, Thermopolis schools will be closed to classes starting tomorrow, Monday, per Washakie County School District No. 1 Business Manager Jack Stott.

The decision comes after Governor Mark Gordon and State Superintendent Jillian Balow recommended schools close through April 3rd but left the decision to the local school districts.

The official statement from the district is as follows:

This evening we received notice that, “Governor Mark Gordon and State Superintendent Jillian Balow recommend that all schools remain closed to students through at least April 3.” You can read the full text of the press release at

In accordance with that recommendation, The Board and Administration of Washakie County School District No.1 has determined that the district will not conduct any classes effective tomorrow, Monday, 16 March 2020, until at least 3 April 2020.

All classes, activities, athletics, clubs and any other events in district facilities or on district property are cancelled until further notice.

All district staff will report to work tomorrow and engage in planning and preparation on how, “to operate in a way that mitigates community spread of COVID-19……” while helping our students to continue to learn at high levels. Details of that plan will be released as soon as they are available. We appreciate your cooperation as we navigate through these uncharted waters!

Ten Sleep School will be in session tomorrow, Monday March 16, per the Washakie County School District No. 2 Facebook Page. There will be a Special Called Board meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, in the school cafeteria to discuss possible closures.

Buses will run at normal times tomorrow.

Parents may choose to keep your children home on Monday if you wish. Students will not be penalized with an absence.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m. for Hot Springs County School District No. 1 students.

The following statement was posted on the Hot Springs County High School District No. 1 website.

Governor Mark Gordon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow have issued a press release this evening recommending that schools close through April 3rd due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After careful consideration of the recommendation, consultation with our county health official and state infectious disease official HSCSD #1 will be closed through at least April 3rd, at which time the pandemic situation will be reassessed.

Instruction will be provided to students during this time in a variety of ways from mail home packets, digital and hybrid digital formats. Each principal will be posting/all-call etc. to share with parents and students how students may continue with their learning during this difficult challenge.

TMS students will be able to pick up a chromebook for checkout tomorrow from 9 AM to 1 PM if they need a home device, and high school students will be able to retrieve their chromebook from school during those same hours. The elementary will be mailing work home for students to continue learning.

The District will continue communicating through the Facebook page, the all-call system, as well as via the district website at

Big Horn County School District No. 4 already had spring break scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. No word at this time if that will be extended.


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