Syracuse schools shut down due to COVID-19

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

There has been a lot of information and decisions relating to COVID-19 in recent days.  Following recent meetings with leaders from the Department of Education, The Governor’s office and representatives from the University of Nebraska Medical center, we have been provided with some guidance on appropriate steps to take during this extraordinary time.  Schools across the state are taking different approaches on how to mitigate the spread of the virus and making decisions on what is best for their local communities.

We have been informed by Governor Ricketts to prepare for the likelihood of a closure of up to 6 – 8 week.  With that in mind, we feel it is in the best interest of our students, their parents and our school community to close school this week, March 16 -20.   Certified staff will report to school on Monday and Tuesday to prepare continuing learning opportunities for the possibility of a long-term closure. 

All school activities and the use of school facilities by outside groups will be suspended during this time as well.

At the end of the week, we will assess the current community health situation and determine the readiness to return to school.  We will continue to work with state officials to ensure we are providing updated information to our families and staff.

This decision, while not easy, is being made in the best interest of our students, staff and community, whose safety is our top priority.