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Is your child prepared to go back to school?

Reporter: Gail Levy
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The countdown to the new school year is just hours from running out.

For the last few weeks you have worked hard to get your child ready to return to the classroom amid the pandemic. But you may still have some concerns about if your child is prepared.

Beyond the usual crayons, pencils and notebooks, masks and sanitizers are must.

Lee County schools superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins says teachers will be responsible for making sure students keep their distance and help the classroom stay clean.

This year, students also have that responsibility, so sending them some extra disinfectant wipes can’t hurt.

Adkins also said when schools would have to go virtual if cases are on the rise.

“Right now our guideline is 5% of that school. So we would again be working with the Department of Health and determine if that’s really what we should do, but that’s kind of our bench mark in terms of where we would be considering making that decision,” he said.

If 25% of people in the district test positive, that will also shut down brick and mortar schools.

Many of you rely on school transportation to get your child to campus and are worried about them riding the bus amid the pandemic.

Lee County schools has been working to make sure your child has a safe ride.

It seems impossible to go on a 77 passenger bus and socially distance.The Lee County School District transportation director says that will be hard but with the community’s help, bus riders can get to and from school safely.

Bus drivers are responsible for sanitizing the buses four times a day in between each route, but say your kids are responsible for wearing a mask.

Parents, if your child is sick, keep them home because if a student or driver tests positive, that bus is out of commission for at least three days.

A driver we recently spoke with says you’re kids are worth all the risk.

“For for me, it would mean I got sick doing what I love. And if I was healthy again, I would come back to doing it again,” said Lee County bus driver, Tony Bridly.

Lee County schools’ superintendent also said the number of students enrolled in face-to-face learning is down dramatically, around 40,000 students this year, which is less than half of the schools population.