Latest update from Lee Schools on switching learning models this quarter

Posted at 4:43 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 05:25:33-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- Since school started in Lee County on Monday, Fox 4 has been tracking the issues some are experiencing with learning virtually. We’re working to bring you the latest information when it comes to those considering changing learning models.

Many have reached out with concerns over the Lee Home Connect model.

When Fox 4 spoke with Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins in the days leading up to the first day of school, he said he anticipated there would be challenges with this model.

“I think the most challenging model in the long term is going to be Lee Home Connect, because we're used to doing the Face-to-Face model and I think once kids get the routines down about social distancing and masks, that model will be okay. I even anticipate more parents wanting to come back as they understand it's safe,” said Dr. Adkins.

Just a few days into the new school year, and that's exactly what we've seen happen. A number of parents and students currently signed up for Lee Home Connect are hoping to switch.

But the school district said as far as what your options are, they haven't changed since the four models were announced.

Lee Home Connect students will only be welcome back on campus at the end of the first quarter. If they wish to make a switch before then, it's at the principal’s discretion. The same goes if you're wanting to go the opposite way, from Face-to-Face to Lee Home Connect.

There has been at least one exception though. Gulf Elementary parents recently received a letter saying it's set up a process where if you notify the school by next Wednesday that you want to change from Lee Home Connect to in-person learning, it will make that change for you so your child can return to campus September 14th.

As far as other schools, it's still up to the principal.

Meanwhile, the district said it's giving Lee Virtual School students until September 11th to decide if they want to stay in that learning model or return to campus or Lee Home Connect. If they decide to stay in Lee Virtual School, they must complete the entire semester.

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