April 2, 2020
Columbus Public Schools will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, and we will continue with online/packet education through the end of the year. This closure came at the directive of Governor Ricketts to all schools in the state of Nebraska. This is in no way how we wanted this school year to end, but we know we are part of the solution to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
This directive from Governor Ricketts also mandates no extracurricular activities through May 31st. The 4th quarter is usually a time for several events that celebrate the entire school year. These end of the year events are a culmination of all the hard work our students have put in throughout the year. We understand that this is devastating to all who participate in everything from spring sports, to vocal and instrumental concerts, banquets, and other events that help us celebrate accomplishments.
Just because the schools are closed it does not mean school is cancelled. We must continue to engage in our lessons from your classroom teachers to improve on where you left off before Spring Break. I strongly encourage our seniors to finish strong. We plan on initiating a potential graduation ceremony depending on the recommendation from the Health Department, Governor, and other health officials. So finish what you started and get across the finish line.
This is a challenging time both in Columbus and across the state of Nebraska. We are confident we will get through this and thank students, parents, and the community for their support. We love and miss every student and wish we were together this spring. We are here for all of you and will do our best to serve you the remainder of the school year.
As always, “GO DISCOVERERS”
Dr. Troy Loeffelholz
Superintendent, Columbus Public Schools