Class of 2020: Parents and Seniors (Update May 5)

Virtual Graduations (May 19, 2020)

The Lee County School Board approved the schedule today for virtual graduation ceremonies to honor the Class of 2020. Lee Virtual School will hold its online commencement on May 23rd while the District’s 13 traditional high schools will be broadcast on June 20th and 21st. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 23, 2020

 Saturday, June 20, 2020

  • Estero High - 10:00 a.m.
  • Lehigh Senior High - 10:00 a.m.
  • Mariner High - 10:00 a.m.
  • Dunbar High - 2:30 p.m.
  • North Fort Myers High - 2:30 p.m.
  • Riverdale High - 2:30 p.m. 
  • Cape Coral High  - 7:00 p.m.
  • Cypress Lake High - 7:00 p.m.
  • Fort Myers High - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

  • East Lee County High - 2:30 p.m.
  • Island Coast High - 2:30 p.m.
  • Ida S. Baker High - 7:00 p.m.
  • South Fort Myers High - 7:00 p.m.

The virtual graduation ceremonies will include recorded comments from Board Members, School Principals and student commencement speeches. Each student’s name will be read aloud, their senior portrait shown, and any special awards or distinctions announced. Links for each YouTube broadcast will be available at www.leeschools.net before the ceremonies.


Class of 2020 Letter (May 5, 2020)

Dear Graduating Seniors,

The School District of Lee county continues to be extremely proud of all your accomplishments as you enter into the final stretch of your senior year to become our Graduating Class of 2020. As we communicated to you last month, the District will be celebrating your graduation with two ceremonies, a Virtual Graduation and an in-person Graduation later this summer, should CDC guidelines permit. We are excited to announce the dates for the celebrations:

Each of the district’s 13 traditional high schools with a senior class is currently working on putting together a virtual graduation ceremony that will air on YouTube from June 19th to the 21st (exact schedule for each school is still being developed). Each virtual ceremony will be modeled after a traditional ceremony with speeches that include School Board Members, District Leadership, School Principals, and student leaders. Every student’s name will be announced while a photo of each graduate in cap and gown is shown on the screen. Students, parents, extended family members, and friends will have the opportunity to remotely view the ceremony.

The District has also secured venues for a traditional graduation ceremony in July. We thank everyone who responded to the survey that was sent last week asking for your feedback regarding your venue preference. An overwhelming 90% of you responded that you would attend an in-person ceremony and 73% preferred the use a large, off campus, facility. Safety will be paramount, and if CDC guidelines permit these ceremonies, the graduation schedule is as follows:

Hertz Arena -11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero

Friday, July 17

  • Ida S. Baker High School – 10:00am
  • North Fort Myers High School – 2:30pm
  • Lehigh Senior High School – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 18

  • Estero High School – 10:00am
  • Riverdale High School – 2:30pm
  • Fort Myers High School – 7:00pm

Sunday, July 19

  • East Lee County High School – 2:30pm
  • South Fort Myers High School – 7:00pm

Suncoast Arena at FSW - 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers

Friday, July 24

  • Cypress Lake High School – 10:00am
  • Dunbar High School – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 25

  • Mariner High School – 10:00am
  • Cape Coral High School – 7:00pm

Sunday, July 26

  • Island Coast High School – 2:30pm

Lee Virtual Instructional Program

Lee Virtual Instructional Program will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 23rd at 2 p.m.
They’re also planning face to face event for seniors who wish to participate in the Caloosahatchee Room July 24th at 2 p.m.
For more information please visit Lee Virtual Instruction Program Website

To further celebrate your accomplishments, the District is also excited to provide each of our graduating seniors with a congratulatory yard sign. These will be distributed to each senior during cap and gown pick-up events from May 18th to the 22nd. Your school will follow up with more specifics about the end of the year check out procedure. Also, expect more details to come from your school about both the virtual and in-person graduations as the ceremonies are further planned.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility during these challenging times. The Class of 2020 will forever be remembered for its resilience.

Sincerely,
The School District of Lee County


Class of 2020 Letter (April 23, 2020)

Dear Graduating Seniors,

High School and the School District of Lee county are extremely proud of all your accomplishments as you enter into the final stretch of your senior year to become our graduating class of 2020.

We understand that it is disappointing to end the school year without being able to celebrate your traditional senior year milestones with friends, family and our school community. We have been working diligently to develop ways to make the end of your senior year memorable and special – especially your graduation ceremony.

There have been many ideas shared with our School Administrators and the District about how to proceed with graduation. We have reviewed all the suggestions, and with safety being our top priority, have compared them with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. This has resulted in the following plan:

  • To ensure that you are celebrated at the end of the school year, all high schools will hold a Virtual Graduation Ceremony at the beginning of June. Details will be shared with our families as soon as they are finalized.

  • In addition, to allow for a more traditional graduation ceremony, the District will work to secure venues for dates in July, should the CDC guidelines permit.

While we know this is not how you imagined you would be ending your senior year, please know that we are doing everything in our power to make your graduation celebration special and memorable for you and your families.

We are so proud of your perseverance, dedication, and accomplishments. We know that you will succeed in your chosen path and look forward to hearing all about your achievements.

Sincerely,
The School District of Lee County


Class of 2020 Letter (March 26, 2020)

Dear Class of 2020 Parents and Seniors,

During these challenging times, we would like to provide you with as much information as possible to keep you and your senior child informed as we navigate the end of this school year. In an effort to keep the lines of communication open, we will attempt to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions that are coming in from parents and students. We will continue to disseminate information as it becomes available.

4th QUARTER, STATE ASSESSMENTS, AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • All public K-12 schools are closed through April 15th, 2020.

  • Beginning March 30th, Distance Learning will begin for all School District of Lee County PreK - 12 students. Learn more about the Distance Learning Plan for Students and Families.

  • Beginning Monday, March 30th, teacher-directed instruction will be done through Google Classroom.

  • Students WILL receive grades for their classes in the fourth quarter and they will receive a final report card at the end of the school year.

  • Final transcripts will not be available until 4th quarter grades are submitted.

  • All remaining state assessments (FSA & EOCs) are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.

    • Seniors enrolled in an EOC course (US History, Biology, Algebra and/or Geometry) will have their course grade averaged without the corresponding State Exam. The final grade in these courses will be averaged as follows:

      • 50% Semester One + 50% Semester Two

  • SENIORS ONLY: The 10th grade reading and Algebra 1 EOC test requirements are waived as all statewide assessments and remaining ACT and SAT test dates have been cancelled. In order to meet graduation requirements, students will need to meet all credit and unweighted GPA requirements.

  • School counselors are available for students and parents through CASTLE via Google Classroom.

LATEST COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS (SAT AND ACT)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP), AICE EXAMS, and INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

  • The AP Program has developed resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home. Please continue to look for updates on the College Board website as it has information pertaining to review materials, test dates and procedures regarding the 2019-2020 testing process. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

  • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

  • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3rd.

  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.

  • College Board has updated portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses on the website.

AICE

  • We know that students are extremely concerned about their AICE assessments, particularly as they impact AICE Diplomas.

  • Cambridge made the announcement today, March 23rd, they will not be running international examinations in the May/June 2020 series in any country, which includes Cambridge International AS & A Level and Cambridge AICE Diploma.

  • Cambridge understands that students have been working very hard toward these exams. They will be working with schools to assess students’ achievements using the best available evidence.

  • Students will receive a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their programs of study. This will ensure students do not face a disadvantage as a result of these extraordinary circumstances.

  • For more information on the Cambridge assessment process for students

International Baccalaureate (IB) 

  • The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between April 30th and May 22nd for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.

  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

  • Full details and FAQs will be sent to schools by March 27th, 2020 (CET).

BRIGHT FUTURES

At this time, eligibility for Bright Futures scholarships will be based on available data and results; more information will be shared as available.

GRAD BASH, PROM, AND GRADUATION (Updated 03/31/20)

  • Based on current closures and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, “Grad Bash” and other large-group trips are cancelled.

  • All school-related activities and events are cancelled through April 15th. Please monitor www.leeschools.net for further updates

  • At this time, the School District of Lee County is still planning to hold commencement exercises for graduation. However, we will continue to follow all CDC and Florida Department of Education guidelines regarding school-related activities and events.

  • Updated 03/31/20 - Based upon the most recent updates and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Education (DOE), The School District of Lee County is cancelling ALL High School Proms.