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More students and teachers returning to in-person learning

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 06:44:31-05

FORT MYRES, Fla. — Students and teachers across Southwest Florida will return to the classroom Monday. Thousands are transitioning back to in-person learning at Lee County schools. Monday also marks the first day of the Spring semester at Florida Gulf Coast University.

FGCU said it won’t know exactly how many students will be on-campus learning this semester until later in the day.

As a point of reference, it said 70% of students took at least some in-person courses during the Fall semester.

The School District of Lee County is expecting more students and teachers back in the classroom. It said about 6,500 students and about 260 teachers are scheduled to transition back to in-person learning Monday.

This has prompted a push from teachers and professors to be prioritized when it comes to the covid-19 vaccine.

But last week, the governor said teachers and school staff should not expect to be prioritized. He said his focus will remain on our state's elderly population for now.

FGCU also said it's talking to The Department of Health about the possibility of providing on-campus vaccinations to employees and students who are 65 and older, but said nothing is confirmed right now.

As students and staff prepare to return to campus Monday, masks remain mandatory. FGCU said it’s also still limiting how many people are in each building.