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Cedar County Catholic schools closed until at least May 1

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HARTINGTON — Cedar County Catholic Schools officials announced Thursday the schools would be closed until at least May 1 because of the COVID-19 virus.

Cedar Catholic Principal Chris Uttecht sent a letter to students and parents to update them on the situation. 

Uttecht said the decision was based on the recommendations of the Nebraska Department of Education and the Northeast Nebraska Public Health

He said Cedar Catholic will continue to operate in the current remote learning environment through May 1.

"We continue to maintain regular communication with the Department of Education and the public health department as we
monitor the current conditions. We will reassess the possibility of returning to normal operations after May 1," he said.
Uttecht said this means the Cedar Catholic prom, originally scheduled for April 18, will not be held this year.

The NSAA has also extended the suspension of all practices and competitions through
May 1, which applies to track, golf and district music.

It is hoped graduation ceremonies will still be able to be held, though, Uttecht said.

"Cedar Catholic will, however, make every effort to provide our Seniors with a graduation ceremony on May 9, tailored to the restrictions in place at that time," he said, adding that the school will provide more information and details on the ceremony as that date nears.

Uttecht said even though this is a very trying time, he is appreciative of the support the school has been receiving.

"I greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work to provide a quality education for our Cedar Catholic
students," he said.