Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will the start of school be delayed due to the spiking numbers, especially since you just cancelled in person graduations which were set to take place just a couple of weeks before the start of school?
    • The School District of Lee County (SDLC) plans to reopen schools with the full array of services for the benefit of our students and families on August 31st (DOE ORDER NO. 2020-E0-06). The start date for schools remains subject to the advice and orders from the Florida Department of Health.
  2. If we sign up for Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School for the semester, will students still keep their assigned space at their originally assigned school?
    • Yes. Students selecting a virtual learning model (Lee Home Connect, Lee Virtual School) will remain registered at their assigned school per the office of student enrollment. Assignments at schools will remain in effect for the 2020-21 school year.
  3. Can students enroll in both Face to Face and Lee Home Connect?
    • Unfortunately, students are unable to be enrolled in two instructional models. Although students will be assigned to a specific teacher through Lee Home Connect, all of the students in that class will be learning virtually.
  4. Will masks be required for students?
    • Students are required to wear masks throughout the school day. This includes class transitions and in large spaces like cafeterias and gymnasiums. Students using SDLC transportation are also required to wear masks.
    • Masks will be available upon request both on the bus and in one central location in the building.
  5. How can students, especially younger students, be expected to wear a mask all day?
    • Students will get “mask breaks” throughout the day at times when social distancing guidelines can be followed. Students will not be required to wear a mask during recess and when eating or drinking. Students will also not be required to wear a mask during PE when they are exercising and are at least 6 feet apart. When students are seated or standing within 6 feet of each other at PE and not taking part in strenuous activity, they should keep masks on. We recognize the difficulty the mask mandate may pose for some students and continue to finalize the guidelines.
  6. Will teachers and staff be wearing masks?
    • Cloth/disposable masks are required for students and staff in the classroom.
  7. Will temperature checks be required to enter school?
  8. Will there be P.E.?
    • Yes. Physical Education will operate at both the elementary and secondary levels. PE cohorts will be established and the cohort will remain with the cohort supervisor for the remainder of the course. Precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, using hand sanitizer before and after, limiting the sharing of supplies/equipment, and discontinuing the use of PE lockers for the 2020-2021 school year will be taken to mitigate risk
  9. Will there be recess?
    • Yes. Classes will go to recess with the same cohort of students and with the homeroom teacher. Classes of students may not mix with other classrooms of students. Recess equipment is sanitized every day and not shared with other classrooms. Teachers will wear gloves and dispense hand sanitizer before and after recess.
  10. Will students be able to use the cafeteria?
    • Yes. Schools will develop a cohort plan for social distancing, to the extent possible, in cafeteria and/or classrooms.
  11. Will there be electives?
    • Yes. PreK-5 elective teachers will rotate to the classrooms with the exception of Physical Education and recess. Secondary schools will move students to electives by teams or grade level and social distance to the best of their ability.
  12. Will a notification be sent if someone in the school tests positive for COVID-19?
    • Strategic notifications will be sent home if a contact analysis (completed by administrators, Health Services, local health department) determines that a person with COVID-19 was in close contact with students/employees.
  13. How will social distancing be monitored at bus stops?
    • It is the responsibility of the SDLC and parents to best educate students about the importance of social distancing. Social distancing (“physical distancing”) means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.
  14. How will social distancing on the buses work/be enforced?
    • Transportation services will follow guidelines to safely transport students. The standard capacity option is to provide transportation services with limited distancing between students but instead an emphasis on face-covers/masks and other protective measures.
  15. If a positive case is confirmed at a school, will the school be shut down for 2 weeks? How are parents and students, as well as teachers, supposed to handle classes in that case?
    • School closures and strategic notifications will be determined by the SDLC and local health officials. Schools are required to adhere to the guidelines listed in the SDLC reopening schools toolkit for allowing a student or staff member to return to school.
  16. Will Before/After care be available at schools like it was before?
    • Yes. The SDLC reopening toolkit guidelines and recommendations, including social distancing, will be followed for before and after-school care.
  17. Will clubs and activities be available like they were before?
    • Yes. The SDLC reopening toolkit guidelines and recommendations, including social distancing, will be followed for clubs and activities.
  18. When will fall sports start for high school?
    • Official practices for low impact sports will begin Monday, August 24th. These include bowling, cross country, golf and swimming. Official practices for high impact sports will start Monday, August 31st. These include football and volleyball. Football teams will stay in their summer cohorts of less than 20 players until full practices can begin September 8th. The first games will be on Friday, September 18th. Volleyball games will begin the week of September 8th. The District continues to discuss processes for games, including the attendance of spectators, in consultation with local health officials. Further details will be forthcoming.
  19. Will middle school fall sports be available?
    • Middle School sports are indefinitely postponed.
  20. Can I participate in high school sports if I choose Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School?
    • Yes. Students in Lee Home Connect can participate in athletics at the school they are connected to. Lee Virtual School students will be assigned to a home school through student enrollment where they can participate. In both instances, transportation must be provided to and from the school for practices, games and events.
  21. Are fans allowed at high school football games?
    • Yes, the District will allow for 25% capacity of each school’s stadium. Participating players, cheerleaders and band members will be eligible to pre-purchase two tickets. The remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. Ticket sales will be managed online and each school will communicate their process. Masks and social distancing will be required in the stands.
  22. Will the band perform at high school football games?
    • Only the home team band will play at halftime. Bands will be limited to 50 members per game and will sit, socially distanced, behind one of the end zones. Bands will not travel to away games.
  23. Will cheerleaders be allowed at football games?
    • Only the home team cheerleaders will perform on the sideline. They will be spaced out along the track and are not allowed to perform any stunts. Cheerleaders will not travel to away games.
  24. Will the concession stands be open?
    • Yes, but they will only serve prepackaged snacks and drinks.
  25. Are fans allowed at girls’ volleyball games?
    • Yes, but attendance is limited to just two tickets per player on the home and visiting team. Tickets will be purchased online and in advance of each game. Masks and social distancing will be required in the stands.
  26. How are ESE students with an IEP handled at Lee Virtual School?
    • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students each have a written Individual Education Plan (IEP) that documents goals, accommodations and strategies used to create an accommodation learning environment that is least restrictive to a student in order to create a method for the student to achieve. LVS teachers of both full time and part time students are aware of student's unique needs and accommodations set forth in their IEP. ESE Students applying for full time enrollment with LVS are essentially changing the delivery method of their instruction. As a result, an IEP review has to be conducted before a student can be permanently enrolled with LVS. It is important to note, that through this process, it may be determined that virtual instruction is NOT the best fit for a student with certain special needs. LVS is a “school of choice” and therefore does not offer all of the services that may be available at other schools. LVS complies with all district, state and federal laws regarding ESE and IDEA.
    • Visit Lee Virtual School website for more FAQ’s
  27. What school supplies do I need if my child is enrolled in Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School?
    • Students in Lee Home Connect need the same school supplies as students engaged in face to face learning because they will be following the same curriculum and can return to campus as soon as the end of the first quarter.
  28. If my child is enrolled in Lee Home Connect, how will I get a Chromebook if they don’t already have one and any necessary textbooks or learning materials?
    • Schools are currently planning a drive through pick up of Chromebooks and other school materials. Monitor your email and the school’s website and social media for the schedule.
  29. Are school uniforms required if enrolled in Lee Home Connect?
    • School uniforms are not required for students learning from home but students are expected to dress appropriately and within the guidelines set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
  30. Can I walk my kindergarten student to their first day of class?
    • We understand how important this day is for parents and new students, but after much discussion, it was decided that allowing parents to walk students to classrooms would increase the risk of exposure to an unacceptable level. Reasons for this decision include the difficulty of social distancing with additional adults on campus, the increased cleaning that would be required after parents left the building, and the difficulty of the additional contact tracing that would be required if a student or staff member were to test positive for COVID within 14 days of school opening.
  31. Since kindergarten parents are not allowed on campus, what steps are being taken to make sure kindergarten students are safe and supervised?
    • Knowing it is important for students to feel comfortable as they begin this new kindergarten adventure, school personnel are developing ways to introduce students and parents to their school and to the processes that will be in place this year. These include:
      • All elementary schools will host a face to face open house opportunity for kindergarten students
        • Parents/guardians and students will practice the walk from parent drop off or bus ramp to the child’s classroom, so it will be familiar
        • Parents/guardians will complete paperwork, including parent contact and transportation information
        • Parents/guardians will receive their child’s teacher contact information, and will be encouraged to contact the teacher with any questions
      • All schools will have processes in place for assisting students to their classrooms the first week of school
  32. How do I confirm my instructional model selection?
    • Your selection can be confirmed in your student’s FOCUS account.
      • Log into FOCUS
      • Select child’s name(s)
      • Select “child information”
      • Select “COVID-19”
      • Under COVID-19, you can view selected instructional model F = Face to Face C = Lee Home Connect V = Lee Virtual School H = Home School
    • FOCUS can take 24 hours to update, so selection information may not be immediately available.
    • Set up a FOCUS account

How to view your child's instructional model in FOCUS