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FGCU professor on misconceptions surrounding masks, children’s health

Lee County parents will want to make sure their kids have their masks on before they head out the door Wednesday morning, because the mask mandate for students and teachers is taking effect. The director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s physician assistant program weighs in on concerns some parents have expressed. One might think the […]

Special meeting Monday evening on mask policies for Lee County schools

Will the Lee County School Board reverse course and mandate all students to wear masks in class? The seven board members meet Monday evening at 5 p.m. and are expected to vote again on the measure. More and more students and teachers go into COVID-19 quarantine every day, with no end in sight. On Friday, […]

Pressure increases on school districts bucking mask mandate bans

School districts defying some states’ mask mandate bans are coming under increasing pressure even as the debate over the bans intensifies nationwide. Demonstrations for and against the prohibitions are becoming more and more frequent in and outside school board meetings where they’re being considered as a way to try to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

To mask or not to mask? Parents make decisions as kids head back to school

As kids headed back to school Tuesday, parents had a decision to make about what’s best for their child and their family. Mask or no mask? Second-grader Harper walked into class happily without a mask. “I keep all the, you know, spare masks in the glove compartment, and I told her, I was at the […]

Helpful apps, health recommendations as students return to school in Collier County

As students head back to school in Collier County Tuesday morning, it can be a confusing time before everyone gets the hang of things and back into a routine. Fortunately, several technological tools are available to help keep things in order. The Collier schools app is a free download from the app store that parents […]

Back to school with masks, bus delays in Lee County

If your child is riding the bus to school, a good tool to download right now is the Where’s the Bus app, so you know if the bus is on time. We already know a bus driver shortage could leave your child waiting. Parents and students will need patience. The School District of Lee County […]

Florida OKs school vouchers in districts requiring masks

Florida’s Board of Education decided Friday to provide private school vouchers to parents who say a public school district’s mask-wearing requirements amount to harassment of their children. The move to take private tuition costs from public school funding created yet another flashpoint in the fight between local school boards and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over […]

SWFL’s private Catholic schools to require masks

An executive order from the governor says public schools can’t mandate masks, but what about private schools? They aren’t part of that order, so they make their own rules, and Thursday, the Diocese of Venice did just that. It mandated masks indoors temporarily in all Catholic schools in counties with a high positivity rate, which […]

Lee County reviewing schools’ COVID-19 protocols

Lee County schools are tackling two issues: preparing for your children heading back to class (all new teachers met for the first time this morning) and keeping them safe as the delta variant of COVID-19 surges, especially among the unvaccinated. The Lee County School Board will discuss safety protocols Monday. With the spread of the […]

SWFL parents differ on mask policies for the coming school year

School is less than three weeks away, and with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, experts recommend your students wear masks in class. But parents differ on whether they want their children masked up or not. Southwest Florida school districts are saying masks will continue to be optional for all students during the upcoming school […]