Parents want the Lee County school district to track cases of COVID-19 in schools

Parents are hoping for a change in the way the Lee County school district tracks COVID-19 cases.

They want access to the numbers.

Brandi Gluski went in with a mission.

I definitely want to ask if they are updating their system for notifying parents about cases,” said Gluski, a parent of a student at the School District of Lee County. 

Gluski wants to know why schools are not tracking COVID cases.

“If technology exists to get that information to parents, there’s absolutely no reason why every school district in the state should not be using that much less the school district that personally affects me,” Gluski said. 

It’s day four of the new school and that’s why Gluski and many other parents want to know why other school districts in Florida tell parents how many students have COVID, but Lee County won’t.

“Parents want to be informed,” said Jennifer Winn, who also has children in the school district. “If you’re truly concerned about the well-being of the students, then you know, that information is probably needed to help alleviate some of the concerns of parents.”

Gluski didn’t expect much information but still she took her questions straight to the source.

“So I as a parent have the necessary information to understand if I should continue to send my children to school or not,” Gluski said.

She got an answer.

“They are working on a system to give us some of that information. She could not provide me any details yet on what pieces of information they will provide us, but it should be ready in about two weeks,” Gluski said.

Gluski said she now feels hopeful after days of frustration.

“It’s better to have the information than to be left wondering,” Winn said. 

Gluski said it makes her feel good that the school district is listening to parent feedback.

“I hope the information is robust enough, as a parent to be able to use it and make informed decisions,” Gluski said. “Sometimes it takes persistence to get things done.”

WINK News asked the Lee County school district for an interview. It says it is working on a reporting system, but it’s too soon to comment on specifics.

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For now, the school district has a spreadsheet it updates when there is a positive case at a school. Visit the COVID-19 incident log here.

 

Reporter:Emma Heaton
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