COVID-19 cases close eight Lee County classrooms in the first week of school
Eight Lee County classrooms shut down during the first week of school due to COVID-19 cases, including three at the same school.
No schools have been closed though at least one confirmed COVID-19 case has been reported in 92 of the 96 district locations since the first day of school Aug. 10, according to the district's incident log.
The schools include Pelican Elementary, North Fort Myers High School, Cypress Lake Middle School, Mariner Middle School and Trafalgar Elementary, reported Rob Spicker, a spokesman for the Lee County school district.
Three classrooms were closed at Villas Elementary alone.
Mariner Middle School's classroom reopened Wednesday after the quarantine order expired, Spicker reported.
The district is not releasing the number of students and faculty members impacted or their grade levels.
Students in the affected classrooms will be assigned virtual work through Google classrooms, Spicker wrote.
The Lee County school district is following the same closing procedures as last year. Classroom closures may be considered if 5% of students, teachers or staff test positive within a 10-day period.
Last school year, the school district didn't closed its eighth classroom until the end of January 2021.
Rachel Fradette is an education reporter for the Naples Daily News. Follow her on Twitter: @Rachel_Fradette, email her at email@example.com.
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