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Update #1 - May 31, 2020 (Online Survey on Reopening)

Good evening parents,

The School District of Lee County is preparing for the 2020-2021 school year by seeking parent input on ways to safely reopen. A short, online survey is now available and we encourage you to take a few minutes to answer the questions and share your concerns and ideas with us.

We cannot say with any certainty right now what school will look like when classes resume in August, but your answers to this survey will help us develop a plan that ensures student and staff health and safety.

Thank you for your participation.

School Reintroduction Survey

Update #2 - June 5, 2020 (End of year message)

Update #3 - June 11, 2020 (Task Force Meetings)

Reopening Task Force meetings have begun for the start of school in August. See the meetings and follow the developments at School Reintroduction web page.

Update #4 - June 30, 2020 (Lee Virtual School)

Good afternoon parents,

We want to assure you that if you are considering Lee Virtual School as an option for your child in August, you will have ample opportunity to do so. The District has been granted permission to extend the current registration period until July 10th. We will open another registration period from July 13th to August 3rd.

The plan for reopening schools will be presented to the School Board during a workshop at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. It will be live-streamed on the District’s YouTube channel and available for you to watch at your convenience afterwards. The extra time for registering will give you the chance to review the plan and decide if you want your child to return to campus or enroll in Lee Virtual.

Students who do register for Lee Virtual School will commit to at least one full semester. If at the end of that semester you feel comfortable returning your child to school, they will have a place waiting for them at the school they were scheduled to start at in August.

We appreciate your patience and support during these unprecedented times. Stay up to date with the latest information at School Reintroduction web page.

Update #5 - July 6, 2020 (Proposed Reopening Plan)

Good evening,

This is a critical week in deciding how students will return to school in August. There are two important meetings taking place and there is a page on our website where you can find official information regarding SDLC’s Reopening plans.

The PreK-12 Education Pandemic Response Task Force is holding an additional meeting on Tuesday, July 7th at 4:00pm. They will reviewing some final recommendations about the start of school. You can watch the meeting live or later at your convenience on the District’s YouTube channel.

District administrators will present a proposed plan for the return to school to the School Board at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 8th. This meeting will also be broadcast live and available at your convenience on the District’s YouTube channel. The proposal will be a combination of task force recommendations, parent survey results, health department guidelines and community feedback through our dedicated email address.

In addition, the District website is going to be the best place to find official information about the start of school. Please bookmark, save or frequently visit School Reintroduction Page for our latest communications.

We appreciated your continued support and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented experience.

Update #6 - July 9, 2020 (Instructional Models Discussion)

Good afternoon,

The proposed plan to reopen schools received School Board support at Wednesday’s workshop. The discussion is available for you to watch at www.Youtube.com/LeeSchoolsTV. Students will be able to choose from four instructional models:

Face to Face Learning – In this model students will come to school five days a week for face to face instruction.

Lee Home Connect – In this model students will be paired with a teacher from their school for full-time online learning at home. This model will follow a traditional daily schedule that is more structured than the digital learning model that was used last quarter. Students will be required to log on to Google Classroom or Google Meets at specified times during the day for different subjects with their teachers and peers. Students selecting this option could choose to return for face to face instruction at the end of each grading period, or earlier with principal approval.

Lee Virtual School – In this model students will be enrolled in Lee Virtual School, one of Florida’s top virtual schools. Students choosing this model are self-paced and have flexibility around when they log on to complete assignments. Students will keep their seat at their brick and mortar school and could choose to return for face to face instruction at the end of a semester.

Homeschool – In this model students will be placed in the District’s fulltime Home Education Program where the parent or guardian teaches the child at home.

We will be sending more communication within the next week which will provide additional details on each instructional model and instructions on how to choose the plan that is best for your child. The full plan will also be made available which details the health and safety precautions the District will take to keep students and staff safe.

District administrators are holding a 3:00pm press conference with local media which we encourage you to watch on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/schooldistrictofleecounty.

At this point, the District plans to start the school year as scheduled on August 10th. Any change in start date will be announced no later than July 20th.

Thank you for your continued support.

Update #7 - July 15, 2020 (Instructional Models)

Dear School District of Lee County Families,

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to reopen schools in August in the safest way possible. The information below explains the learning options for your child for the upcoming school year and how to make your choice.

Since early June we have been working on creating options with the help of the PK-12 Education Pandemic Task Force made up of health professionals, community and business leaders, principals, teachers and students.
Recognizing that our parents value choice, we created four instructional models to meet the different needs of our families:

1) Face to Face Learning – Students will come to school five days a week for face to face instruction with additional health and safety practices.

2) Lee Home Connect – Students will be assigned to a teacher from their school for at home, fulltime online learning. Students will follow their regular daily schedule as if they were in school. Students choosing this option could return for Face to Face instruction at the end of each grading period or earlier with principal approval.

3) Lee Virtual School – Students choosing this model are self-paced and have flexibility around when they log on to complete assignments. Students may choose to return for Face to Face instruction at their assigned school at the end of a semester.

4) Homeschool – Students will be placed in the District’s fulltime Home Education Program where the parent or guardian teaches the child at home.

For additional information on each of these models as well and transportation and health and safety practices, please visit www.leeschools.net/school_reintroduction.

We are asking families to choose one model for the first part of the 20-21 school year. Please take a short survey by logging on to: www.leeschools.net/school_reintroduction.

You can use a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or phone. We ask that you fill out the survey no later than Sunday July 26, 2020 at 8:00pm.

If you have any trouble completing the survey, please email mailto:reopeningschools@leeschools.net and put “Survey Problem” in the subject line.

These past months have been a challenge for us as a community and as a school district. While we will start a year unlike any other, we look forward to seeing your children back in whatever model of classroom is best for your student and family. Thank you again for your patience and support.

The School District of Lee County

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Update #8 - July 20, 2020 (Delay in start date)

Good afternoon,

Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins is recommending the start of the school year be delayed until either August 24th or 31st. The District’s calendar committee is currently working on options that will be presented to the School Board for a vote and final decision on Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast live and saved for later viewing on our YouTube channel.

We have also just posted a podcast with Dr. Adkins on our Facebook page that provides more information about what going back to school will look like. We encourage you to watch at www.Facebook.com/schooldistrictofleecounty

Thank you.

Update #9 - July 23, 2020 (Focus, School Information etc.)

Dear School District of Lee County Families,

At the request of the Superintendent and in partnership with our local health leaders, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and current viral infection rate in the State of Florida, the Lee County School Board voted today to approve an updated version of the instructional calendar which pushes back the start date of the 2020-2021 school year to August 31, 2020.

We understand that the change in start date may affect the instructional model selection some families have already made for their children. Due to this, we are extending the deadline to “Make Your Choice” to July 30, 2020. We invite those families that want to change their selection to resubmit their selection and ask that families that have yet to make their choice, to please do so by the new deadline to allow enough time for prepping and planning. Failure to respond by the deadline will automatically result in your child being registered for Face to Face instruction. For more information on the instructional models, please visit our School Reintroduction website.

Families that have already made their choice can view selection confirmation by logging into their FOCUS account and following the below instructions. **Please note that the more recently made choices may have not yet populated in this platform.**

  • Log into FOCUS
  • Select child’s name(s)
  • Select “child information”
  • Select “COVID-19”
  • Under COVID-19, families can view selected instructional model
    • F = Face to Face
    • C = Lee Home Connect
    • V = Lee Virtual School
    • H = Home School

Set up a FOCUS account.

Additional confirmation will come from your selected school. Schools will also provide information regarding Chromebook and hot spot pick up for Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade, and new students to Lee County.

While Lee County’s Virtual K-8 Summer Expanded Learning program has officially come to a close, student enrichment can still continue using iReady ELA and mathematics. iReady is an interactive online learning program that helps students build essential skills in reading and mathematics. Students can continue to access their iReady ELA and mathematics accounts now through August 13, 2020 via their student launchpad. Access our Summer Enrichment packet of resources.

Thank you for your patience and partnership as we continue to plan for a safe reopening of Lee County Schools. We are stronger together.

The School District of Lee County

Update #10 - July 31, 2020 (Temperature Change)

The School District of Lee County continues to gather and receive information from our Health Partners regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. The latest guidance relates to taking student temperatures as they arrive at school.

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) released a white paper forSuperintendents stating: “… the FCAAP does NOT recommend temperature checks at school. It is expensive, time-consuming and not sensitive for early infection.”

In addition, local pediatricians and experts from the Florida Department of Health – Lee County have also recommended removing temperature checks because:

  • Fever is only one of many symptoms that children may present with (45% up to age 9,and 35% age 10-18);
  • Infected children are just as likely to be asymptomatic as they are to have fever;
  • Infected patients are most likely to transmit the virus in the few days prior to developingsymptoms; and
  • A normal temperature may create a false sense of security

Due to this new guidance, the School District of Lee County has made the decision to not check student temperatures as they arrive at school. In accordance with the FCAAP, we are instead asking parents and guardians to check their child’s temperature at home before sending child to school each day. If a child has a temperature, or any symptoms related to COVID-19, s/he should stay home.

If you wish to update your instructional model selection based on this change in procedure, please call your child’s school.