The Lee County Board of Education voted Wednesday night to to move to the State’s Plan B, which includes moderate in person instruction with social distancing for grades K-8 beginning October 5.

High school students will continue with remote learning under Plan C for now, but officials said in a press release that a decision on returning those students to class will be made “in the near future.”

Under Plan B, K-8 students will transition to in-person instruction over a three-week period, starting Monday, October 5 on an A/B schedule. Grade levels will be phased in to allow time for students to learn new school routines and procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff, such as temperature checks upon arriving at school, maintaining social distancing when standing in lines and moving through the school building, frequent hand washing, and wearing masks.

The schedule for Plan B can be found on the Lee County Schools website. An FAQ with guidance for instruction, health and safety, and transportation will be posted on the website by Friday, September 18.

Students under Plan B retain the option to enroll in the INSPIRED Virtual Academy. Those who have done so will remain enrolled at their home school and will follow a schedule that closely aligns to those students receiving in-person instruction. Families with questions about enrollment in the virtual academy should contact their child’s school.

Students and their families will be contacted by school staff over the next two weeks to discuss the move to in-person learning or to the virtual academy to ensure a smooth transition for each child.