The Cody School District is adjusting to meet the needs of its students as the state order shuttering schools continues to be extended.
Monday nutrition staff handed out two weeks of food to families in need, and Monday morning teachers checked in with students online for a new phase of online learning in the district.
The district’s adapted learning plan was approved by the state Thursday along with plans from all the other Wyoming districts.
Not everything can be altered quite as much.
“We are planning to keep the budget process on track; the same timeline as past fiscal years,” interim superintendent Peg Monteith said. “The dates for preliminary and final budgets are set by state statute. At this point, we have had no guidance from the state to suggest that this will change.”
Tuesday night’s video conference board meeting includes previously scheduled topics such as a review of the school’s CKA concealed carry policy, an update on staffing needs and the new transportation complex.
The budget discussion is still to come.
Monteith said she anticipate final fiscal calculations and funding information from the Wyoming Department of Education at the end of April.
The schedule is for the preliminary budget completed in May. May through June, the budget is considered and reviewed by the board, with the public hearing scheduled the third Wednesday in July.
At this point classes wouldn’t likely resume until May at the earliest due to the governor’s latest public health order extension through April 30, but teachers are now prepared to go even longer if needed.
“As the State Superintendent, I can proudly say that education in Wyoming is prepared to move forward no matter the circumstances,” Balow said. “As of Thursday, all 48 school districts have Adapted Learning Plans for the continued instruction of all students. The process to build and approve these plans was iterative and involved multiple reviews by districts and the Wyoming Department of Education. I have personally read every plan and communicated individually with every superintendent in the state.
“I have extended maximum flexibility to school districts in addressing the needs of all students. They also can – and will be – modified as long as the closure exists. My office and I will continue to provide guidance, technical assistance and support.”