COVID-19 “Rapid Results” Tests

Dear Superintendents,

Earlier this week President Trump announced the impending availability of millions of COVID-19 “rapid result” testsHere is a recent article from the Wall Street Journal. In a phone call with other state superintendents, USED Deputy Secretary Mick Zais and Brigadier General David J. Sanford, United States Air Force, who currently serves as Deputy Director for the White House COVID Response Supply Chain Task Force, provided critical information about how K-12 students will be prioritized in the testing initiative. The tests will be made available to students and staff at public and private K-12 schools, with priority going to states with both high COVID rates and large numbers of students receiving in-person or hybrid instruction. There are many unanswered questions at this point but I will update you along the way.

Rural CTE Opportunity

Secretary DeVos announced a new challenge to advance high-quality technology instruction in rural communities. The Rural Tech Project, with a total cash prize of $600,000, invites high schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop competency-based distance learning programs that enable students to master skills at their own pace. This is a great fit for many Wyoming schools!

Memos to be released on Monday, August 31:

  • 2020-137:    DRIVE: Developing Rewarding Integrated Vocational Experiences: A Paraprofessional Training
  • 2020-138:    Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference
  • 2020-139:    Hathaway Technical Assistance
  • 2020-140:    New CTE Teacher Orientation
  • 2020-141:     Guidance for Temporary School Closures