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School District reinstates mask opt-out for students

The School District of Lee County has reinstated an opt-opt to its mask mandate, effective today. Citing a 1st District Court of Appeal stay issued Friday, "which means the Florida Department of Education can continue to enforce its interpretation of the parental opt out until this matter is ...

Lee School District defends emergency mask mandate

The School District of Lee County has provided a response to the Florida Department of Education, which gave the district until 10 a.m. today to explain its "inconsistency" with a state rule concerning mask mandates. Although an Executive Order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for parental ...

Lee Schools: Numbers will dictate mask policies, COVID protocols

The School District of Lee County will monitor a minimum of four metrics to determine when it can relax its emergency mask mandate. A special Facebook live was held for staff Thursday night, which touched upon the numbers assessment that will be used to relax some of the COVID protocols, ...

All-electronic tolling for Lee bridges becomes permanent Oct. 1

Lee County wants all residents, business owners and motorcyclists to know that its All-Electronic Tolling program for the Midpoint, Cape Coral and Sanibel Causeway bridges will become permanent in October. This means that beginning Oct. 1, the county will be re-instate a $3 administrative fee ...

Lee School district imposes mandatory 30-day mask mandate

Days after a judge struck down the executive order of Gov. Ron DeSantis which barred schools from mandating masks be worn without opt-outs, the School District of Lee County has enacted a 30-day emergency policy requiring masks of students and staff without any opt-outs beginning Wednesday, ...

Lee Health announces partnership with provider of in-home medical care

Lee Health announced a partnership with DispatchHealth, a provider of in-home medical care Tuesday. Through the partnership, patients in Southwest Florida will now have a convenient way to receive high-quality, in-person medical care in the comfort of their home, officials said. Lee Health ...

Lee Schools superintendent issues 30-day mask mandate

Under emergency powers granted by the school board last year, Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage imposed a 30-day mask mandate Monday with implementation to begin Wednesday. "I just want to state that I don’t like wearing a mask. I don’t like putting masks on my children and I ...

Lee Health: COVID cases at all-time high, please get vaccinated

In a symbolic gesture of sending a message as a united front, Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, surrounded by more than a dozen medical professionals from all realms of Lee Health, again urged the community to become vaccinated to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the ...

Today: Schools superintendent to discuss COVID questions during Facebook live

A Facebook live presentation will be held by Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage today to share information about COVID protocols and answer questions. Savage will hold the Facebook live event at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 25, which can either be watched live, or later on the District's Facebook page, ...