Aug 24 – LEESBURG – After two weeks of in-person learning, the Lee County School System announced that all schools in the system will switch to home learning starting Thursday.
Figures reported on the COVID-19 Information link www.Lee.k12.ga.us show that data related to COVID-19 has almost doubled in all criteria. The number of cases in schools increased from 74 to 138. The total number of cases in the system increased from 104 to 182, while those quarantined as close contacts increased from 839 to 1,552.
The current increase in COVID cases has also had an impact on teachers and support staff. All of these factors led School Superintendent Jason Miller to send the following letter to parents:
To our Lee County families:
The Lee County school system is experiencing a severe shortage of teachers and substitute teachers due to the impact of COVID-19. Therefore, all schools will move to a home learning environment from Thursday August 26th to Tuesday September 7th. All students will be able to return to school on Wednesday September 8, 2021.
Each school will be in touch regarding their distance learning process and packages. Please direct any questions about instruction to your child’s teacher. Our food service department will coordinate meals during this time. More information on locations and times will follow.
Our extended day enrichment program will be suspended during this time but will reopen on September 8.
Closing the school is a decision made with input from principals, health professionals, other leaders and with the support of the board. Understanding that parents need to plan for their student’s care or quit work weighs on the decisions we make. The school district will continue to make decisions based on the best interests of all students and employees while monitoring ongoing issues relating to the pandemic.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Lee County School System
“We always strive to ensure that our students have the safest and most routine learning experience,” said Yolanda Robinson, LCSS public relations coordinator. “It was a tough decision, but it’s the best right now.”