Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy.  This is definitely a time where many of you may find yourselves a little anxious over the upcoming virtual format of schooling.  Please know we are learning together and have nothing but patience and time to figure it out along with you.  Take a deep breath and try not to stress over it.  I promise we will get through this together and learning will continue to take place.

Although our students and teachers would have returned to school Monday, March 30th, we will be training teachers March 30 – April 1.  This means your child probably will not start the virtual learning with their teacher until Thursday, April 2.  However, I have a wonderful staff of high achievers that may have already reached out to their students.  If so, they are merely practicing and couldn’t wait to touch base with their students…I can’t blame them because I too am missing them!!!

Stay safe and look to hear from your child’s teacher by Thursday, April 2, 2020.  Please give your babies a big hug and let them know I miss them dearly!!!


Ms. Durham, Principal

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Information

PCPS schools will be closed until Wednesday, April 15. Updates will be provided as quickly as possible. For the latest information and resources, visit polkschoolsfl.com/healthinformation.

During the unexpected closure, students will continue to receive their school lunches Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at specific school sites serving as food distribution locations. For a list of these distribution sites, please visit polkschoolsfl.com/lunchlocations

Please be advised that this decision to close is not binding upon charter and private schools. Those schools should be contacted directly for more information. Thank you.


Dear families,

During this week’s unexpected closure, Polk County Public Schools will continue to offer food to children at specific school sites serving as food distribution locations. A list of these food distribution sites can be found at polkschoolsfl.com/lunchlocations. Children can receive both their school breakfast and lunch beginning tomorrow, March 17, through Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Children must be present to receive a meal, and the meal must be taken off site. Schools will have a drive-up process in place, so no one will have to exit their vehicles. For those who do not have a vehicle, a walk-up section will be created.

Please be advised that meals will not be available during spring break. At this time, Polk County Public Schools is tentatively scheduled to reopen all schools on April 15.  

We will send an update about school meals if school closures extend beyond this period of time.


We would like to clarify our earlier message regarding our technology survey.

At this time, Polk County Public Schools is tentatively scheduled to reopen all schools on April 15.

Our survey will help us if school closures extend beyond April 15.

Please take the survey at http://polkschoolsfl.com/survey

Please respond to this survey no later than Thursday, March 19.

Thank you.


Polk County Public Schools is conducting a survey to better understand students’ access to technology in their homes.

This survey will help us understand how much technology your child may or may not have at home for online learning.

The information we gather from this survey will help us to provide your child with learning resources in the event that school closures extend beyond April 15.

This survey should only be taken by a student’s parent or guardian.

You can take this survey at polkschoolsfl.com/survey.

Again, that link is polkschoolsfl.com/survey.

Your participation in this survey will help us to continue serving students while we are closed in response to coronavirus beyond April 15. Please respond to this survey no later than Thursday, March 19.


In an abundance of caution and deep concern for the health and safety of our students, staff, and school communities, Polk County Public Schools continues to monitor the coronavirus closely and is in constant contact with the Florida Department of Health.

Please review the coronavirus updates below.  The updates below are effective beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 through April 13, 2020.  We are following Governor DeSantis’ recommendation, the CDC, and the Polk County Health Department.  Beyond the 30 day window, decisions will be made as more information becomes available.

  • All school-sponsored events before or after hours with mass gatherings with over 250 people will be canceled. This includes inside and outside events.
  • For Scott Lake Elementary this also includes:
    • Munchkins in the Morning – March 13th
    • Fourth Grade Musical – March 17th
    • Science Night – March 19th
    • Second Grade Field Trip – March 20th
    • First Grade Field Trip – April 9th


Thank you in advance for understanding and continue to monitor our website and/or Facebook Page.  You may also visit polkschoolsfl.com/healthinformation for the latest updates and resources related to coronavirus.

You may also call the state’s dedicated coronavirus call center at 866-779-6121. This line is available 24/7.  For questions related to coronavirus on a local level, please call the Florida Department of Health in Polk County’s information center at 863-519-7911. This information center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FSA Testing Calendar

FSA ELA Reading (for grade 3) April 1 & 2, 2020
FSA ELA Writing ( for grades 4 & 5) April 2, 2020
FSA ELA Reading (for grades 4 & 5) May 4 & 5, 2020
FSA Math (for grades 3-5) May 11 & 12, 2020
Statewide Science Assessment (5th) May 18 & 19, 2020

*Please use the FSA Information tab to see more in-depth information.

A Word From Our Principal

Dear Scott Lake Elementary Families,

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year. Our motto for the year is, “We must take ADVENTURES in order to know where we truly belong. Scott Lake Elementary is where your adventure begins.” This is certainly going to be a year filled with immeasurable learning, newfound friendships, a lifetime of memories and many new and exciting adventures.

Before we begin with the new year, let me CONGRATULATE each and every student and staff member for a job well done. In case you have not heard, we once again maintained our school grade of a B. I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication made by all…this includes parents as well. It is truly an honor to be part of such a wonderful team of passionate educators, enthusiastic learners and devoted parents. With adventures in store, this is going to be the year…the year we grow and make our great school even better!!!

As the demands and complexities of teaching continue to increase, it becomes more evident that student success is attributed to the partnership and relationships we build within our community. At SLE, we believe ALL of US – the school and the community – must work together to ensure success for all students. It is our responsibility to invest in our students and empower them with the intellectual and decision-making skills necessary to become academically, socially, and emotionally successful.

Keeping that in mind, there is always an open invitation for you to be an active participant at Scott Lake Elementary School. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of PTO, a mentor, or simply a field trip chaperone, you are encouraged to be involved! All volunteers must be approved by PCPS and can easily do so by completing the application form @ https://polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved/ and submitting your online payment of $25.00.

As for student placement, I would like to assure you that many hours and a great deal of effort and thought went into the process. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. All teachers and staff at SLE are loving, dedicated, and well trained to ensure engaging, meaningful, and rigorous lessons within each class. Thank you in advance for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and/or teacher.

In keeping you informed of what is taking place at SLE, all materials will be sent home though the new weekly ‘Tuesday Communicator Folder.’ This folder will be sent home each Tuesday and will contain student work as well as any up-to-date information from the teacher, school, PTO or community. You may also find pertinent information in our monthly newsletter, on our website @ http://scottlake.polk-fl.net/, Facebook page @ ScottLakeElementarySchool, and/or through your child’s daily agenda. If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself @ 863-648-3520.

Thank you for your continued support…I look forward to seeing you soon!

Tangie Durham, Principal



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Community Eligibility Provision

Scott Lake Elementary has qualified as a Community Eligibility Provision site.  The Community Eligibility Provision allows all students to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.   This means you will not need to complete free or reduced price meal applications.