Lake County schools reopen after years of closures

RICHMOND, Va.

— A small number of students at Lee County schools will be allowed back in May.

Lee County Schools announced Tuesday they will reopen June 8 after a two-year closure due to a health crisis.

“We are grateful to the community for their support during this time,” Superintendent Michael Hoeppner said in a statement.

In January, a health scare caused many schools to close for several days, including the Lee County School in Lakewood, where a number of kids were in a medically induced coma.

The school reopened just hours later.

On Wednesday, schools will reopen with the exception of one day for an in-school art and music event.

Parents and students will also be allowed to visit their children at home on Thursday and Friday, with the intent to have them back in school as soon as possible.

At the Lee, Lakewood and Haines Schools, the closure is being done to meet federal requirements to meet state guidelines on safety and quality.

It is not clear what kind of safety measures the school will take to ensure the students’ health and well-being.

About 1,100 students were temporarily moved from the Lee-Lakewood schools to other schools in Hainesville and Rockbridge counties, but most students returned home on Friday.