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Important Information about the Coronavirus

March 26, 2020 UPDATE

Video update from JCC Superintendent Dr. Boldt (3/26/2020)

March 25, 2020 ESU 4 School Districts Update

To Families in ESU 4 School Districts:

Based on recommendations from the Southeast District Health Department and the Nebraska Commissioner of Education, public and private schools within Educational Service Unit 4 are extending their closure date through May 1, 2020, with the possiblity of closing for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each school will continue to provide educational learning opportunities for their students according to their own school plan.

This decision has been made with the highest level of seriousness. We acknowledge the challenge this places on our families, and each school will be engaging their families to help address their needs. A decision of this magnitude would not be made if we didn't feel that it was absolutely necessary to help ensure the general welfare and safety of our community at large.


ESU 4 Superintendents and School Leaders

Auburn Public Schools, Educational Service Unit 4, Falls City Public Schools, Falls City Sacred Heart Schools, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, Johnson County Central Public Schools, Lewiston Consolidated Schools, NCECMBVI, Loudres Central Catholic School, Nebraska City, Nebraska City Public Schools, Palmyra-Bennet Public Schools, Pawnee City Public Schools, Southeast District Health Department, St. Andrew Elementary School, Sterling Public Schools, Syracuse Public Schools


PDFs of Announcements:

ESU 4 Announcement 3-25-2020 (PDF)
Southeast District Health Department Announcement 3-25-2020 (PDF)

March 18, 2020 Food Service

Johnson County Central is working to provide food for all JCC while the school is closed. This food service will be FREE for all JCC students ages 0-18. This will include a brown bag lunch and a cold breakfast for the next morning.

Parents/guardians please fill out our Google Form to help us prepare the correct amount of food. The form will include one week's worth of days -- you can mark which days you are requesting food. 

Curbside pick-up windows will be available 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at both the Cook and Tecumseh Sites. Parents: please stay in your vehicles while the food is delivered to your in the car. 

You can also request food to be delivered directly to your home if you are unable to drive to a pick-up location. 

Google Form to Request Food Service

Curbside Pick-Up Locations:
Cook: 407 N 1st St, Cook, NE 68329
Tecumseh: 358 N 6th St, Tecumseh, NE 68329
Hours: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 


Cook Site: Curbside Pick-Up Map


Tecumseh Site: Curbside Pick-Up Map

March 17, 2020 UPDATE #2

3:30 PM -- We are still working on the details, but starting next week, JCC will be able to provide a food service program while the school is closed. 

This food service will be FREE for all JCC students ages 0-18. This will include a cold breakfast and a brown bag lunch.

Please hold any questions as we will be sharing more information as it becomes available. The plan (as of now) is to start on Monday, March 23rd.

March 17, 2020 UPDATE

Video update from JCC Superintendent Dr. Boldt (3/17/2020)

JCC will now be closed starting Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd. Classes are tentatively set to resume on April 6th.

In light of new information we have received concerning efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we have made the decision to close school beginning tomorrow.  Therefore, there will be no school for students beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3.  At that time, the situation will be re-assessed to determine further actions.  We will be providing more information regarding how the school will continue student education, work with our community to address our overall response, and continue to nurture the welfare of our staff and students as we continue to advance through this unprecedented event.  As in all of our planning, the Southeast District Health Department will be our primary resource to help guide us.

March 16, 2020 UPDATE #2

JCC & St. Andrew's will be closed: Thursday, March 19th through Friday, April 3rd. Classes are tentatively set to resume on April 6th.

Due to rising concerns over the spread of Coronavirus, and recommendations from the Southeast Nebraska District Health Department, Johnson County Central Schools and St. Andrew Catholic School will be closed from Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3 with classes set to resume on April 6.  At that time we will re-evaluate the situation to consider further closure.  Therefore, the Junior/Senior Prom has tentatively been rescheduled for May 29.  It is important that students attend school the following two days as teachers will be working with students to prepare for the continued delivery of academic materials and resources for the students for the following weeks.  We will continue to update you with any changes throughout this process.  Please do not hesitate to call our offices with any questions you may have.

We will still have the staff meeting at 7:45 AM on tomorrow, March 17th, 2020 via Zoom, for more information for JCC staff.

March 16, 2020 UPDATE

The Nebraska School Activities Association has suspended all school activities. Therefore, all upcoming JCC practices and competitions are cancelled. In addition, no youth programs will be held before or after school using school facilities.

At this time, all activities practices can resume on Monday, March 30 and all competitions planned on or after Thursday, April 2 are to take place as scheduled unless otherwise announced.

Should you have any questions please contact the school office.

(As of 3/16/2020 12:30 PM)

March 13, 2020 

Please see our following updates from March 13th: 

• Video update from Dr. Boldt
• Copy of letter sent to parents/guardians 
• Updated visitor protocol as of 3/13/2020 (listed on bottom of page)

Video Update from JCC Superintendent Dr. Galen Boldt (3/13/2020)

Letter - March 13th (English) (PDF)
Letter - March 13th (Spanish) (PDF)
Same text included in the letters has been included below. 


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Johnson County Central’s administration is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.  As such, we have been in contact with, and adhering to advice from, local and state health and government officials.  Of these are:

  • Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska
  • Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education
  • Walter E. Carter, University of Nebraska President
  • Dr. Gary Anthone, Division of Public Health Director
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gold, University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor
  • Grant Bruggemann, Southeast District Health Department (SDHD) Director

School closure will be based on one of the following:

  1.  A recommendation from the Southeast District Health Department due to confirmed COVID-19 in our area.
  2. A decision from the JCC administration for the safety of our students.
  3. A mandate from the state level.

We are confident in the team of officials with whom we are relying on and conferring with in this matter.  As the response to COVID-19 both locally and nationally is changing continually, we must be prepared for changes in plans.

If your child is ill, we advise that you please keep your child home.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the superintendent’s office.


Dr. Galen Boldt
Johnson County Central Superintendent



Estimados padres / tutores:

La administración de Johnson County Central continúa monitoreando la pandemia de COVID-19. Como tal, nos hemos puesto en contacto y nos hemos adherido a los consejos de los funcionarios de salud y gubernamentales locales y estatales. De estos son:

  • Pete Ricketts, gobernador del estado de Nebraska
  • Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Comisionado de Educación de Nebraska
  • Walter E. Carter, presidente de la Universidad de NebraskaDr. Gary Anthone, Director de la División de Salud Pública
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Canciller del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Nebraska
  • Grant Bruggemann, Director del Departamento de Salud del Distrito Sudeste (SDHD)

El cierre de la escuela se basará en uno de los siguientes:

  • Una recomendación del Departamento de Salud del Distrito Sudeste debido a la confirmación de COVID-19 en nuestra área.
  • Una decisión de la administración de JCC para la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes.
  • Un mandato del nivel estatal.

Confiamos en el equipo de funcionarios con los que confiamos y con los que consultamos en este asunto. Como la respuesta a COVID-19, tanto a nivel local como nacional, está cambiando continuamente, debemos estar preparados para los cambios en los planes.

Si su hijo está enfermo, le recomendamos que lo mantenga en casa. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con la oficina del superintendente.


Dr. Galen Boldt
Superintendente del condado central de Johnson


March 10, 2020

NOTE as of 3/10/2020: There are no cases of COVID-19 associated with JCC Public Schools, or within the Southeast Nebraska District Health Department 5 County Region.

We have all heard much information about the Coronavirus through various news outlets or social media posts. We want everyone to understand that we are working closely with the Southeast Nebraska District Health Department for guidance in our implementation of preventative measures to minimize the spread of the virus. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of someone infected in their jurisdiction. In addition, the decision to close schools in Nebraska have all been out of preventative measures as opposed to confirmed cases. Our emphasis with all students and staff will be doing all we can in prevention.

If you suspect your student is ill, please keep them home from school. 

We encourage you to check out the following resources regarding Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Thank you for your support!

Galen Boldt
Johnson County Central Public Schools

Additional Resources:

JCC Protocol for Coronavirus Prevention (PDF)
Letter sent home to all JCC students (PDF)
Tip Sheet of Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Illness (PDF)
JCC Visitor Protocol (PDF) - UPDATED 3/13/2020

WHO: Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak (PDF)
CDC: COVID-19 Symptoms (PDF)
CDC: Stop The Spread of Germs (PDF - English)
CDC: Stop The Spread of Germs (PDF - Spanish -- Detenga la propagación de los microbios)

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