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Collier Schools Superintendent on District's Reopening Plan


Public schools are back open today in Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties. School districts have been working on plans for how best to safely reopen since in-school learning abruptly ended back in mid-March.

In Charlotte County students can attend school five days a week for face to face learning, they can choose Charlotte Virtual School, or be home schooled. Lee and Collier Counties added a fourth choice, called Lee Home Connect, or Classroom Connect in Collier County, which are both real time virtual learning on a schedule.

To get an overview of what’s happening in Collier County, and what plans are in place to protect students, teachers, and school staff we spoke with Dr. Kamela Patton, superintendent of Collier County Public Schools.

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Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.