Lee County parents face Sunday deadline to change how students learn

Published: December 11, 2020 5:03 AM EST
Updated: December 11, 2020 6:32 AM EST

Lee County parents have until Sunday to change how their children are learning.

Right now, the district says 16,000 students are seriously struggling with their grades, and they want those students to return to in-person learning. But some parents still don’t feel safe.

Karina Lopez, a mother of two from Lehigh Acres, says she wants to keep her children home for now, because her daughter has asthma. But while she wants to change her children from Lee Virtual to Lee Home Connect, it hasn’t been as easy as she thought it would be.

“Those with low grades could not go into Lee Home Connect, and I think that’s not good, because these children might have relatives or they might have a health issue that can make it dangerous to catch COVID[-19],” Lopez said.

Lee County Superintendent Greg Adkins says there are a lot moving parts that go into sending a child back into the classroom, and that the main issue is altering so many students’ schedules to fit them into the current curriculum.

“It has been a challenge, it really has been a challenge, because you think about 10,000, more than 10,000 schedules that need to be changed, and then to be able to fit that into the current high school schedule or middle school schedule, that’s a tremendous effort,” Adkins said.

The Lee County School District says around 3,000 students have elected to return to campus so far.

If you want to change the form of learning your child is participating in, you will need to fill out an online form.