LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County School District has said the final plan to get students back to school will be released this Friday, October 14.
As of now, Lee County students will be returning to school in waves.
Those who attend schools that weren’t damaged by Hurricane Ian will return next Monday, followed by a second wave of students returning the following Wednesday.
For students who attend some of the hardest hit schools, leaders are looking into combining schools.
Leaders are also allowing families who relocated after the storm to re-enroll their students at a school that may be closer to their new location. For more information and a list of open enrollment offices, click here.
One family in Cape Coral has decided to switch their daughter to virtual learning. Their house suffered damage and they will be relocated.
"It actually helped us because it's something we knew we had to do. So being set up here has been real convenient. But to make the decision has not been easy. We’ve been in our home know seven years so it’s time to move on," said Paul McCartney.
He says switching to virtual learning will help their daughter not get backed up in school while they move.
"We were able to switch her from Pelican to virtual leaning it will help our situation not knowing what we're doing for the next couple of months," he said.
In order for students to return to school, the location must meet nine safety criteria and the following schools will be open to students on Monday, October 17, 2022:
Bonita Springs Elementary
Bonita Springs Middle
Franklin Park Elementary
Fort Myers Middle
Orange River Elementary
Three Oaks Elementary
Trafalgar Elementary School
Tropic Isles Elementary
The District will give daily updates with the start date of schools as they meet the nine safety criteria.