COVID-19: State agency updates

Read the latest state agency news relating to COVID-19 in Nebraska.

April 2, 2020

On Wednesday evening, April 1, Governor Ricketts issued a directive closing Nebraska schools through May 31. Districts will complete the balance of the academic year by implementing remote instruction practices.


April 1, 2020

  • Our FAQ: Early Childhood Program Class Size during COVID-19 looks at federal and state guidance on class sizes in different types of chlld care settings, explains Directed Health Measure and whether they apply to existing chlid care environments and those that may be started during the COVID-19 emergency.  


March 30, 2020

  • In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has loosened regulations temporarily to allow WIC appointments to be conducted over the phone, including applying for WIC. Nebr aska WIC provides food, breastfeeding support, nutrition information and referrals to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age 5.


March 25, 2020

  • DHHS has issued updated COVID-19 guidance for schools and child care facilities, available on the DHHS website. The agency and Governor Ricketts are also reviewing potential administrative changes to help facilies and child care businesses as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The planned second hearing for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) meeting will be held April 10 at 10 a.m. Participants will be limited to 8 people to align with CDC guidelines. Those wishing to comment or listen to the hearing can join by phone by calling 888-820-1398, with participant code 3213662#. Comments can be sent by mail, fax, or email no later than April 10 to: DHHS Legal Services, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026; 402-742-2382 or
  • State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt recommended that schools "not return to normal operations this year" in a letter to public and private school superintendents.

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