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Back to school

Students return to class Friday around county

August 8, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

It's that time of year again when parents and students are heading to their schools for open houses, and getting ready to kick off the 2018-2019 school year this Friday, Aug. 10.

"We have lots of plans to make the learning environment safe, healthy and a happy place for kid to be," School Board Member Mary Fischer said. "We look forward to working with our students, parents and the community to really make this the best year ever and help our kids to be successful academically, socially and personally."

Elementary schools start at either 7:55 a.m. or 8:55 a.m., depending on the school, while middle schools begin at 9:45 a.m. and high schools begin at 7:05 a.m.

Fischer encourages all students to get a good night's sleep before the first day of school, so they are ready to go Friday morning.

Parents and guardians have the opportunity to sign up for the free "WheresTheBusTm" app this year to see how far away the bus is from their stop. The app does not show routes.

Parents can visit and click on "set up account" inside the parent's section on the left-hand side. Select Lee County School District and enter parent and student information, which includes the student's ID number. Once the information is validated, an email will be sent with instructions and download information.

"Those students that have to be out early at bus stops, I hope that there will be an adult nearby supervising to make sure everything goes OK the first couple days of school," she said.

In addition, parents can also view their child's school menus, nutrition facts and allergy information on the MealViewer app, which can be downloaded to their smartphone. By downloading the app, parents can add their child's school to a list of favorites and see the day's full menu and select their favorite menu items.

"We serve breakfast and lunch at every school," Fischer said.



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