Editor: Have a great school year!

Editor’s Note: Debbie Jordan is vice president of the Lee County School Board and its representative for District 4. The views expressed here and in all editorials are those of the author and not necessarily reflect the opinions of Waterman Broadcasting or NBC2.

Welcome back to all of our students and district families. We are happy to meet all of you, whether online or in person.

The past few months have been very different for all of us. We all have to make adjustments to our daily lives to stay healthy and safe. The Lee County School District is no exception. We must also modify our teaching and learning environments to support the health and safety of our students and staff.

In planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize that our families have different needs. As a result, we’ve worked to develop four learning models for our students, giving families options to learn both online and in person. Our teachers, staff, and administrators have worked tirelessly to implement these models and help our students through this new learning process. Our teachers have had to get more creative in their everyday environments, by adding health and safety practices to live instruction and developing new ways to keep things going. students participate in the online learning process.

One of the biggest changes to our already available online learning option is the dramatic increase in enrollment for Lee Virtual School (LVS), from just under 400 students to nearly 7,000 students. While the number of teachers and staff has been increased to support this growth, it has been a challenging endeavor for them, as well as for our families, who are new to the background. this platform. We thank them for their diligence and patience during this transition.

I would also like to take the time to acknowledge the work of the support staff. The phone rang incessantly and the volume of emails increased dramatically. District and school staff have worked, and continue to work, to respond to calls and emails from parents as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our bus drivers are ready and wearing masks to get our kids safely to school, and make sure their buses are sanitized and ready to go out again. Our maintenance staff continue to strengthen the cleaning procedures at our schools. The Food and Nutrition Services team is busy preparing nutritious meals for all of our students. The Human Resources team continues to work to ensure that we have enough teachers and staff to support student learning.

It had a bit of a rough start, and I know it will continue to be a bit bumpy. That is to be expected. However, we also got off to a strong start. Our students showed up, masked and ready to learn, and all are practicing safety measures to keep themselves and their classmates healthy. Our online students are adapting to their new virtual learning environment. We will continue to have some bumps in the road, but we all have to work together and have patience. All of us, from the district to the family, to make this a success. Thank you to our Heroes who made this happen, our teachers, administrators, support staff, bus drivers, kitchen staff, parents and community members I. Have a very successful year!

Debbie Jordan
Member of the School Board of District 4 (Vice President) Editor: Have a great school year!

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