Lee County to push virtual learners back to brick-and-mortar next year, cancels Home Connect

Lee County students who pivoted to Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School…

Lee County to push virtual learners back to brick-and-mortar next year, cancels Home Connect 1

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Lee County Schools demonstrates what Lee Home Connect will look like

Lee County Schools demonstrates what Lee Home Connect will look like

Andrea Melendez, Fort Myers News-Press

Lee County students who made the switch to virtual instruction, either through Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School, are going to be automatically enrolled in their regular school for in-person learning next year.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon in a letter from Superintendent Greg Adkins, who alerted parents to the change.

Lee Home Connect is being discontinued entirely, with the district doing away with the alternative learning option that kept kids tied to their home school for live, virtual instruction.

Often, this led to hybrid classes, where educators balanced in-person and virtual learners at the same time.

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Students will be routed back to the most recent school they attended for in-person classes unless they are going into middle or high school next school year. In this case, students will need to go through the student enrollment process.

Information on student enrollment can be found on the district’s website, leeschools.net.

“We understand that this may cause concern for families who wish to have their child enrolled in a virtual learning environment, however, Lee Virtual School will continue to be an option,” Adkins wrote.

Students who made the switch to LVS this school year will also need to reapply for those slots, as they are also earmarked to return to their normally assigned school. Lee Virtual School students going back to in-person learning and rising into middle or high school will need to go through the enrollment office to find a school.

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The deadline to fill out the enrollment application for LVS is July 15. Visit the school’s website, lvip.leeschools.net, for more information.

“While we continue to see improvements to public safety in relation to COVID-19, there is still uncertainty of where we will be by the start of the school year,” wrote Adkins. “Over the summer, the school district of Lee County will continue to assess our health and safety processes and protocols with guidance from our healthcare partners.”

Today, about 81% of the student population is back in brick-and-mortar instruction.

According to enrollment data from March 4:

  • 67,991 were enrolled in face-to-face instruction
  • 13,262 were enrolled in Lee Home Connect
  • 2,916 students were labeled as homeschooled
  • 2,354 were enrolled in Lee Virtual School

The changes take effect in August, at the start of the 2021-22 school year.


Families with students in Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School may receive calls to confirm their plans for next year.

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