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Lee County Schools to discuss pledge rules

Posted at 8:19 AM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 08:19:23-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a school tradition that goes back decades.  But this afternoon that tradition is being questioned in Lee County Schools. This as another setback stops progress on a new Lee County high school.

The school board is focusing on updating the code of conduct with what the students will do while their classmates recite the pledge every morning.  While they don't have to stand with their right hand over their chest, they do need a written note from their parents to opt out of the pledge.

The board will discuss the issue Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM.

Also on the agenda Tuesday: eligibility requirements for schools sports, dress code and bullying prevention programs.

And in more local school news, it's back to the drawing board on plans for a new school.  Plans to build a new, controversial high school along Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs fell through because of the soil quality on the property. Recent tests showed the possibility of diesel residue in the ground.

Earlier this year, community members said the site was contaminated because it used to be a contractor dumping site for waste containing the harmful mineral.