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Weekly Roundup: Dec. 7-11

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Seal of the School District of Lee County. Credit: WINK News.
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Friday, Dec. 11

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CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH DOH ON VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

A new partnership has formed between the Cape Coral Fire Department and the Florida Department of Health to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. The city approved the partnership because paramedics with the fire department already have the training and certification necessary to give injections, putting more hands on deck to help get Southwest Floridians vaccinated en masse. Fire Chief Ryan Lamb says the next challenges are educating the public and deciding when and where people will be able to get the vaccine, WINK News reports.

Thursday, Dec. 10

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LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT URGES STUDENTS IN ONLINE PROGRAM TO RETURN TO CAMPUS IN 2021

Seventy percent of students in the Lee Home Connect program are not meeting standards, so the Lee County school district is pushing for those students to go back to in-person learning to get their grades up. The district is calling all families of students in the program to encourage them to go back to brick-and-mortar classrooms at the start of 2021 for traditional face-to-face instruction, where they are more likely to be successful. That’s 16,000 students who have been flagged for not getting good enough grades or being absent for more than seven days. Parents can opt out of allowing their kids to return to the in-person classroom by signing a waiver. The deadline for parents of students in Lee County schools to change learning options is Dec. 13 for the next semester, WINK News reports.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 9

 

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TWO39 LABS OFFERS SOLUTION FOR ‘SNOWCHICKS’ FLOCKING SOUTH TO WORK REMOTELY

A longer commute, Northern license plates and longer wait times everywhere are all signs that season is here. But this year we aren’t seeing the typical “snowbirds.” Some of these “snowchicks” are between the ages of 20 and 40. As many offices across the country remain closed for remote working, it’s a chance for some people to escape cold weather and snow. A new local business, TWO39 Labs, solves the issue of the need for remote office space during the pandemic. The Bonita Springs business offers co-working open space areas and private offices for lease, especially suitable for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs looking for a space where they can be more productive than they are at home, WINK News reports.

 

Seal of the School District of Lee County. Credit: WINK News.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE OFFERING MULTIPLE MODELS FOR INSTRUCTION

After a recent executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, The School District of Lee County has announced it will continue offering multiple models for instruction throughout the school year. Parents will be given the opportunity to choose the best option for each child. The executive order also says that parents can make changes now instead of waiting until the end of the semester. Parents and guardians of children currently enrolled in face-to-face learning can choose to switch to Lee Home Connect or Lee Virtual School and vice versa with effective dates Jan. 11 or Feb. 1, depending on the specific switch. However, parents seeking to switch instructional models must do so by 5 p.m. Dec. 13, WINK News reports.
 

Monday, Dec. 7

TWO39 LABS ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION WITH CASH PRIZE

TWO39 Group LLC (TWO39) TWO39 Labs announces its 12-week cohort inaugural pitch competition. The event will take place live and virtually at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2020. Seven local Southwest Florida businesses that have completed a 12-week cohort and are competing for a grand prize of $5,000. During the 12-week cohort, each startup had access to two dedicated mentors, 1,000-plus mentor networks, and 101 events. The events included informational presentations, fireside chats with successful entrepreneurs and virtual networking events. Focused on building a technology ecosystem in Southwest Florida, the purpose of the competition and program is to assist startup companies in creating and building a sustainable business model. In the interactive competition, viewers will be able to listen to live pitches from seven technology startups in front of a panel of judges, including John Harthorne, Two Lanterns Venture Partners; Brian Samelson, TWO39; and Daria Abbaei, Naples Technology Ventures. To register for the competition, click here.
 
 
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