Lee County schools take extra steps for safe student pick-up

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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A father and son hug goodbye on the first day of school. Credit: WINK News

Lee County schools are taking added precautions to protect kids and parents during the first week’s notoriously slow student pick-up.

Every school in Lee manages its own dismissal process, but they’ve all had to tweak things to ensure social distancing. For many elementary schools, like Cape Elementary, that means the students leave one at a time. When a parent gets close, staff guides each student to the car.

“When it comes to elementary schools, safety is just the first priority, a little more time is worth it,” said Cape Elementary parent Cooper Stone.

Less than half of the district’s students are learning on campus right now, which the district hopes will cut down on traffic.

“My granddaughter is in third grade, we dropped her off this morning—went very smooth, no problem, everybody had masks on,” said Brent Willis.

And less traffic means more time for the scoop on the new school year.

“My first grader, he’s a little chatterbox,” said Renee Edwards, “he’s gonna have a lot to say, I hope.”

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