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School District of Lee County Superintendent Dr. Christopher Bernier provided families with an update via social media Monday afternoon.

He said the district is partnering with Miami-Dade Public Schools to provide food distribution including fresh fruit, juices, snacks and packaged sandwiches on Wednesday, Oct 5.

Students, families, staff or anyone who is in critical need are encouraged to stop by 2855 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Bernier said as the district continues to reach out to all personnel and families, they are working with Lee County Emergency Management in support of all recovery efforts.

“Our teams have been working day and night with a focus on getting our schools ready to reopen, and taking care of this community,” Bernier said.

All schools in the district have been assessed for damage, and officials are tracking water and power services at each location.

Bernier said some schools are ready to reopen, some need minimal to significant work, while others may not be salvageable.

“As expected, there are a few (schools) that have damage that may be beyond repair,” Bernier said.

Building inspectors are at district schools putting together comprehensive assessments.

“We are in the middle of an historic event,” Bernier said. “We were ground zero for (Hurricane) Ian. We were, and still are, significantly impacted. However this is not going to stop us from opening our schools as soon as we can.”

The district announced last week they would be closed at least until Friday, Oct. 7. No other announcements involving reopening dates were reported. Bernier said the district is working with the Florida Department of Education at potentially relocating students, teachers, and staff for schools that suffered severe damage.

The first school board meeting since the storm takes place on Wednesday.

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