Laramie County School District 1 high schools will offer four classes per semester during the 2020-2021 school year.
The LCSD1 Board of Trustees approved the new schedule during a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11. The change was proposed by high school principals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditionally, students take eight classes per semester. With the new schedule they will be offered the same number of classes; however, they will take four classes first semester and four classes in the second semester.
Last spring, when school buildings were closed due to COVID-19, students and teachers voiced concerns about keeping up with eight online classes. If schools are forced to close again during the pandemic, the 4×4 schedule is designed to ease this situation.
In addition, with fewer classes, students and teachers will be exposed to fewer people each day. According to Laramie County health officials, this will help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.
The schedule will be in effect for one year only.