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Lee Schools Superintendent on COVID-19 Response

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Lee Schools superintendent Gregory Adkins speaks during a press conference held at the Lee County Sheriff's Office March 9.

In response to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lee county over the weekend, a handful of representatives from various county agencies held a joint press conference in Fort Myers on Monday.

Lee Schools superintendent Gregory Adkins said the district is complying with local and state department of health recommendations to control the spread of the virus in schools.

"We clean and disinfect our schools daily with special regard to all high-contact surfaces in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Adkins said. 

Adkins also said the district is asking students and employees to stay home if they feel ill. 

"We are assessing students with flu or cold-like symptoms, isolating them, calling parents when students exhibit these signs," Adkins said. "If your child's school calls because your student is ill, please come to pick up your child so others will not be infected."

Next week, Lee county students will be out for spring break, and Adkins wants all families and employees to notify schools of travel plans.

"We are asking families and employees who are traveling to countries the CDC has identified as high risk to notify the school and self-quarantine upon their return for 14 days," Adkins said. 

Adkins said students and employees will not be allowed to return to schools unless they are cleared by a health care provider.

"We do ask that if at all possible, that if children are home due to illness or quarantined, parents work with the school to maintain academic progress," Adkins said. 

All international school-sponsored travel for Lee Schools has been suspended. As of Monday afternoon, the district had not suspended domestic school-sponsored trips. 

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.