UPDATE: After previously announcing that schools would run as scheduled Monday, the Lee and Collier School Districts have both announced that school will be closed.
Lee Schools sent out a statement Sunday evening:
“Working through the afternoon and receiving updated information from the National Weather Service, the Lee County School District has decided to CLOSE tomorrow, Monday, August 28th.
We are updating our websites and social media and are sending messages to our staff, parents and guardians.”
Collier did late Sunday night:
“Out of an abundance of caution, Collier County Public Schools will be closed Monday, August 28th. We will continue to monitor the weather and provide an update again by 5 p.m. Monday.”
Despite torrential rains which have caused severe flooding throughout Southwest Florida, schools in both the Lee County and Collier County School Districts will be operating as normal on Monday.
Both districts have released similar statements.
“After consulting with the National Weather Service, our local law enforcement agencies, and our transportation staff, Collier County Public Schools will be operating on their normal schedules tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the weather situation overnight and provide an update at 5:00 am Monday. Please drive carefully when approaching bus stops and school campuses as there could be standing water.We will utilize all our communication channels (phone calls, text, and email) should the situation change. Any late bus notices will be posted prominently on our district website at www.collierschools.com. Please continue to follow Collier Schools on Facebook, & Twitter for updates as well.”
“After consulting with the National Weather Service, local law enforcement agencies and local municipalities, Lee County Schools will be open tomorrow.
We will have teams out during the evening and overnight hours monitoring conditions in the hardest hit areas of Cape Coral, Pine Island, Bonita Springs and mid-Lee County. We are also planning for additional bussing in those areas if necessary.
We recognize that some parents, especially those who live in these areas, may not be able to send their students to school, or may simply feel unsafe doing so. We understand, and urge them to make whatever decision they feel is best for the safety and security of their students.
We will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout afternoon and evening hours and provide updates as necessary.”
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