Lee County School Board votes to push back start date of schools

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 22:36:56-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — UPDATE (10:07 PM) - In this meeting, Dr. Adkins announced that masks will be required at all times for every student and staff member on campus.

You can find a full report of the meeting here.

UPDATE (3:25 PM)-- The Lee County School Board voted unanimously to push the start date of school back to August 31.

The Superintendent for the School District of Lee County will make his recommendation for a delayed school start date at Thursday's school board meeting. The Board is then expected to vote.

It's a decision Lee County parents, teachers and students have been anxiously awaiting. Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins is recommending the date be pushed back to August 24 or 31.

Ahead of the 2:00 p.m. meeting, Fox 4 is taking a look at the safety measures the district will be taking when it does ultimately open up schools.

Dr. Adkins has said he believes brick-and-mortar schools are the best learning option. But he also addressed the safety aspect of all of this, which is what's on the minds of so many parents and teachers as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.

See Dr. Adkins full-length update video here

Lee schools says masks will have to be worn on buses and in the hallways. They'll be expected, but not required, in classrooms and large gathering areas.

There's also a temperature threshold to keep in mind. Children will be checked and must be below 100.4 degrees.

When it comes to buses, there will also be assigned seating to help with social distancing. The burden will fall on bus drivers to make sure buses are cleaned between routes.