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Gov. Kelly Announces School Closure
Gov. Kelly Announces School Closure
Darrel Kohlman
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

Nemaha Central Family and Community

Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all normal school operations will change significantly for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  We understand this will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. This will require flexibility from everyone in order to make this successful.

We will continue to educate our student population; however, we know this will look different. We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing needs of our students and provide breakfast and lunch for our students. The week of March 23 to 27 will be used for the USD 115 staff to plan and to determine how this will look in our district.  Therefore, there will be no classes for students during the week of March 23 to 27.

Our staff and board of education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect next school year, and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available.

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority.  We plan to keep everyone informed through emails, social media, and our school website/mobile app with regular updates.

As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to. 

Please be mindful of the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue).

  • Please keep sick children at home.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Follow additional guidance from these sources:

We don’t have all of the answers, but we will find a way to navigate through this.  As of today’s date, there are not any confirmed cases in Nemaha County. We are fortunate that we live in such a supportive community, and we will continue to keep you informed on this situation.

Mr. Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Jason Hammes,  USD 115 Board President

Dr. Amy Beck, NCEMS Principal

Mr. Ben Scism, NCHS Principal

Mrs. Shana Steinlage, Special Education Director