COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Are masks required on campuses and at the District Office?

Masks are required for individuals indoors while within three (3) feet of others. While we encourage students to wear masks, the parent has the right to make health care decisions for his or her minor child.

What happens if I get sick with flu-like or COVID symptoms?

First and foremost, we ask that you stay home. The District recommends testing for COVID-19. A student or employee may return after he or she receives a negative test and is asymptomatic, or 10 days have passed since symptom onset, he or she has no fever for 24 hours and the student’s other symptoms are improving without medication, or the student or employee receives written permission from an MD, DO or ARNP to return to school and symptoms are improving without medication.

Why can’t a virtual learning option be offered like last year?

Unfortunately, we do not have the authority to provide an innovative learning model like Lee Home Connect to our students. Last year we were allowed to do this through an Executive Order issued by the Florida Department of Education, but that order was not extended. The options that we currently have for families are: Homeschool, Homeschool with FLVS Flex and Lee Virtual will open again at the semester.

What limitations are placed on social gatherings?

At this time we are not holding large indoor gatherings, however outdoor gatherings are permitted.

What access is there to COVID-19 testing?

Through a partnership with the Florida Department of Health, we offer testing for symptomatic students (with parent/guardian permission) and employees at all of our schools. Testing can be requested through the school’s Clinic Assistant, who will notify the DOH. Testing hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents must be with their child during testing.

Will students who do not wear a face mask be separated from one another?

No. The School District will not separate students who wear masks from students who do not.

Is there increased cleaning on campuses?

High frequency cleaning of common surfaces will occur throughout the student day. Positive Case Triggered Cleaning Protocols will be deployed when an individual has tested positive and has been in a District vehicle, or building within 24 hours. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available in key places within the schools and hand washing and respiratory etiquette will be taught and reinforced. For information on all of our health and safety protocols.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students or employees who test positive are asked to remain at home and contact their healthcare provider. In addition, we request that they fill out the Covid-19 Incident Report. This report and information will be used to determine when a student or employee may return to school or work.

What should I do if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

The School District of Lee County is following a directive by the Florida Department of Health through an Emergency Rule (64DER21-15) that was released on September 22. Per the Emergency Rule, parents have two options if their child is identified as an exposure and does not have symptoms:

  • Parents or legal guardians may allow the student to attend school, school sponsored activities, or be on school property without restrictions.
  • Parents or legal guardians may quarantine their child for a period of time not to exceed seven (7) days from the date of last direct contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19.

If one becomes symptomatic after an exposure, we request that the Covid-19 Incident Report be filled out and the person stay home. This report and information will be used to determine when a student or employee may return to school or work.

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

The School District follows the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which states that in general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

Do I need to wear a mask if I take a bus?

Currently masks are required indoors on all campuses, at all indoor school activities and on the school bus. Parents do have the ability to opt their child out of wearing a mask. Employees are required to wear a mask, and have the ability to file for a medical exemption through Human Resources.

Can I use a home test?

If you plan to take a home test for COVID-19, the FLDOH Emergency Rule states that it must have Emergency Use Authorization from, or full approval by, the FDA and the test should be used in the same manner specified by FDA’s authorization or approval. Results should be sent to a laboratory, done through a mobile application, or monitored by a medical provider. If a home test is reported that does not meet the above criteria, there is no way to confirm the results. This means the DOH cannot quarantine exposures for a positive test, or on the flip side, clear a student’s or employee’s return for a negative test.

If I have questions, where should I turn?

The District has a Covid-19 Command Center staffed with nurses and volunteers. The Center is open on school days, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 239-356-2800. You can also visit our website for more information.