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Coronavirus fears have school parents in Lee Co. weighing their options

Posted at 7:03 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 12:13:52-04

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Child care can be expensive and many parents in Lee county are wondering how they could afford it if schools do temporarily close down due to COVID-19.

Lee County is one of three school districts in Southwest Florida that has looked into virtual classes if school was canceled due to the virus, but that is only for worst-case scenario.

However, many parents like Jamie Roush continue to think about the "what ifs."

“That would be a really big problem if the daycare was to shut down and the school," said Roush. "I had not thought about that… so”

Roush is one of many parents who fears COVID-19 could have an impact on the school year.

“That would really cause a lot of problems,” said Roush.

She has a daughter who is only 18-months-old and a son in kindergarten. As a single mom with two kids— Roush thinks about her options if that "worst-case-scenario" were to happen. She has some family members in the area who might be able to help, and putting both kids in daycare could be expensive.

“Really there’s not too much that can be done I’m just going to try and figure it out.”

Roush said the school district has been keeping her well informed, but there is one thing she wishes she could change about their alerts.

“It’s a little irritating because they’ll send us the links and I would rather have the information there at my fingertips.”

Roush explained it can be difficult to step away from her job to dig through the multiple links.

Many parents agreed with Roush on the school district's communication saying they're been transparent and timely.

Click here to view more information on COVID-19 and the Lee County School District's current policies.