Southwest Florida County Closes Schools For Another 10 Days

Schools in one southwest Florida county have announced that classes won't begin again for another 10 days.

Lee County schools Superintendent Greg Adkins said Thursday that they'd hoped to re-open Monday, but repairs to buildings are taking longer than expected. Schools throughout the county will now resume classes and a normal schedule as of Sept. 25.

Adkins said the extra week will give officials more "breathing room" to deal with the challenges it faces in getting schools up and running again. 

Most of the district's buildings received minor damage from the storm. In some cases, water got into buildings and trees were knocked down, according to Adkins. 

Three schools need significant roof repair, and many portable classrooms were either damaged or destroyed. 

He doesn't yet have estimates on the repair costs.

He said all teachers and staff should report to school Sept. 22.

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