Students ready to return to school in Lee County

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Students in a Lee County classroom. (Credit: School District of Lee County)

The School District of Lee County announced that 13 schools would open on Monday, and one parent says their kids are ready to go back.

Jessica Wood’s kids go to Gateway Elementary. She has been distributing supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Ian, and her kids have also been a big part of that.

She said explaining why they’re helping other families has been difficult because her kids are so young. Wood said her kids are ready to return to the normalcy of a school day.

“They really, really want to go back to school. They love school. They love their teachers. They miss their friends. And it’s been sad and doom and gloom for the last couple of weeks, you know, that they’ve been really sad. They’ve been really, you know, they’ve been out there serving the community with us, too, a couple of days here and there,” said Wood. “But they’re ready to go back. They’re ready to go back. They’re ready to see their friends and try to get a little bit of normalcy back. And I’m sure a lot of other children are in the same mindset that they just want everything to go back to normal.”

Gateway Elementary is one of the schools opening Wednesday morning. An additional 16 will reopen on Tuesday and 32 on Wednesday. Click here for the list of schools the district said will reopen.

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