Florida schools are closed until the end of March due to the spread of Coronavirus

Posted at 1:02 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 01:02:28-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Spring break for schools in Lee County started today and now campuses will remain closed until March 30th. According to the Lee County School District Superintendent. Today in a press conference he said they are taking necessary precautions after President Trump declared a national emergency

Today the Florida Commissioner of Education made the decision to inform all districts statewide that school would be temporarily closed due to the constant spread of the Coronavirus.

Lee County School District Superintendent Greg Adkins says during the school closure they will be doing a couple of things but their main priority is to sanitize all schools.

“First of all we ensure that all of our schools have been cleaned deeply”, said Greg Adkins, The Superintendent of The Lee County School District.

They are also preparing to transition into virtual education, if needed.

“Should the need arise, and with our current inventory, and inventory that we have inbound next week, we should be able to to provide a chrome book to virtually all of our students across the school district. We can also provide hot-spots to those students so that they can have wi-fi connectivity”, said Adkins.

The district will be working with labor unions and support personnel to ensure all employees are notified about this change.

“To work on how we’re going to ensure our employees are notified and know what expected work schedules will look like in the event that we are going to continue virtual learning the week of the 23rd”, said Adkins.

The district also says they have a plan in tact for those students who rely on school meals.

“We totally understand that many of our students depend on our school district, for breakfast lunch, and many of them depend on us for dinner. Working to get those started we will be communicating out what those plans will be next week and that may be starting as early as the following week.” said Adkins.

Adkins says when students return there are plans in place to help combat the Coronavirus.

“We also have requirements in terms of known cases where someone has had exposure or is demonstrating symptoms or has been to one of the countries that is experiences a level 2 or a level 3. We do have requirements for them to stay isolated from school, in quarantine or self quarantine

Superintendent Adkins encourages parents to stay informed with what media, health and government officials are putting out, and they will be actively communicating with families across the county.