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Lee County school closures extended until May

By Staff | Mar 31, 2020

The School District of Lee County has extended its school closure until May 1 following a recommendation from the Florida Department of Education.

“The May 1 change and date did not surprise us as a team,” Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jeff Sprio said today. “We’ve been prepared all along for the long haul.”

He said as they watched the news and saw what was happening with the new coronavirus, COVID-19, they began preparing for an extended distant learning timeframe. Although teachers would love to see their students face-to-face, the district as a team is ready to keep distance learning going.

Sprio said the first day of distance learning on March 30 went well for the district, which worked through teacher and parent questions last week. Parents had the opportunity to send in their questions and concerns through help.parents@leeschools.net, which allowed them to get through a lot of difficulties last week, so that March 30 had a smooth onboarding.

“As a whole, it went really well,” Sprio said of using Google Classroom. “We have been doing well so far.”

With the extended closure, Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins also informed families that the USDA has authorized the state of Florida “to waive the requirement for children to be present during meal pick-up. Parents/guardians will now be able to pick up meals and take them home to their children.”

The Summer Break Spot meals are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at schools in the West, South and East Zones, as well as a number of community partner locations. The meals will also be served from school buses at six different bus routes.

For the full list, visit www.leeschools.net/parent_portal/covid-19/meal_pick_up_sites.

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1 following the recommendation of President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They recommended the extension of “social distancing guidelines” until April 30.

“While we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, one constant remains – students can and will continue to receive a great education in Florida. It is essential that students do not fall behind and are still receiving instruction, even when they are not in the classroom,” Corcoran said in a prepared statement. “Florida has superb superintendents and educators whose commitment to implementing distance learning for all of Florida’s students is unmatched. It is crucial that we keep students safe and healthy, and I will continue working with each and every district to ensure that they have all the resources necessary as we respond to COVID-19.”