At least 89 of Nebraska’s 244 public school districts have been impacted by flooding, and 60 of those had to close at least one school.
That’s a preliminary count from the Nebraska Department of Education, which reached out to all public school superintendents and private school administrators to find out how the historic flooding has affected them.
Of the 77 private schools that responded, 13 reported being impacted by the floods, said spokesman David Jespersen.
Nine public school superintendents reported that the floods caused serious problems.
Few, if any, school buildings suffered serious physical damage, Jespersen said. In fact, many were among the few buildings in flood-ravaged communities not damaged and became community hubs, shelters and donation centers.
The biggest problem for schools was impassable roads, or other damage to the communities, that made it impossible for schools to open, or students to get there.
At least four school districts — that serve about 2,500 students — have schools closed until next week at the earliest. Those are North Bend Central, Logan View, Douglas County West and Boyd County, Jespersen said.
-- Margaret Reist