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.