Lee County public schools aim to reopen Oct. 17

Published: October 7, 2022 2:27 PM EDT
Updated: October 7, 2022 2:38 PM EDT
Lee County Superintendent Christopher Bernier speaks in front of members of the district school board. Credit: WINK News

Lee County public schools aim to reopen on Oct. 17 but will remain closed through Oct. 14.

According to Lee County School Superintendent Christopher Bernier, the School District of Lee County is still dealing with campuses that require repairs after Hurricane Ian and utility and transit issues that may prevent students and staff from safely getting to and from schools.

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Inspectors say most schools need at least a little repair work before they can safely open. Some are in high-need areas and suffering significant damage; a few will need to be rebuilt. Bernier says a list of schools and their statuses will be provided Friday night.

Only eight Lee County public schools went without damage. Most have been left without suitable drinking water and would have to deal with serious bus issues if they reopened.

Bernier says plans are in place for schools that will not be ready by the Oct. 17 goal. The school calendar has not yet been revised because no official back-to-school date is in place.

It is possible some students will end up going to different schools once classes are back in session.