The North Bend Eagle


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NBC done for the year

by Nathan Arneal
Posted 4/3/20

On April 1, Gov. Pete Ricketts directed Nebraska schools to operate without students in their buildings through May 31 to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

With North Bend Central graduation scheduled for May 17 and the last day of school for non-seniors on May 20, the order all but guarantees that NBC students will not return to regular classes this school year.

“I don’t foresee a scenario where we would hold school in June or July, as we are holding school right now,” NBC superintendent Dan Endorf told the Eagle.

North Bend schools and students are continuing their educations online, as detailed in the April 1 Eagle, and that looks like the way the 2019-2020 school year will end for NBC. The spring sports season has also been canceled for the remainder of the school year, the NSAA announced April 2.

“We will do our best to hold a graduation ceremony at a time in the future that presents itself as a safe atmosphere to hold such an important event,” Endorf said.

NBC first called off classes on March 15, with Monday March 16 being the first day of classes missed. Classes resumed online two days later, March 18.

At first, the suspension of in-person classes was supposed to be for two weeks. On March 24, just over halfway into that two-week period, the suspension was extended to “indefinite” at the recommendation of health officials.

The next day, March 25, Dodge and Saunders counties were included on a list of seven counties to be subject to the Department of Health and Human Service’s Directed Health Measure, which banned gatherings of 10 or more people under penalty of law.

On April 1, 15 more were added to the list of counties subject to the Directed Health Measure, bring the total to 56 counties. At that time, the governor also directed schools to stay closed until May 31.



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