Volunteer Background Check Fee to Remain at $25 Through End of 2018
The Polk County School Board has decided that the fee to cover volunteers’ background checks, as well as their badge and handbook, will remain $25 through the end of the calendar year.
Polk County Public Schools will be using more extensive volunteer background checks as part of our security measures to protect students and staff. The district will incur an additional charge for the statewide and national background checks.
However, through the end of 2018, the cost to volunteers will remain $25. We are exploring other funding sources to help offset the cost of background screening for volunteers on an ongoing basis. More information will follow.
For more information on volunteering with Polk County Public Schools, please visit our website: www.polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved.
School Safety and Back Packs
In the interest of student safety, backpacks are not to be brought to school. Students may carry bags no larger than a small purse. Students may also bring lunch boxes.
Polk County Public Schools: Turnaround Schools Information
As of Feb. 20, 2018, Polk County Public Schools has six schools in Year 2 of the turnaround process. Each of these schools have received a grade of D or F for more than two consecutive years. These schools include Bartow Middle, Garner Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Kathleen Middle, Lake Alfred Polytech Academy, and Lake Marion Creek Middle.
These schools are subject to a contingency plan that will only go into effect if they do not achieve a grade of C or better after the 2017-18 school year. This plan would be to hire an external operator to manage the schools and achieve gains in the schools’ grades.
Polk County Public Schools has a variety of support structures in place to help our schools undergoing improvement plans.
District staff are visiting these schools frequently to review student performance data, classroom instruction, student discipline, and school leadership. They identify strategies, and seek out available resources, to help the schools in each of these areas.
These schools go to the “front of the line” to get their needs met. For instance, if they need additional staff or support, they get first consideration before other schools not undergoing improvement plans. Polk County Public Schools has also simplified the process to get this support into the schools as quickly as possible.
School-based and district-based instructional coaches are providing additional support to our classroom teachers and students. Because literacy is crucial for students to perform well in all subject areas, a major focus has also been to improve reading skills for students in these schools as well as all schools districtwide.
The 2017-18 school grades will be released in June 2018. Polk County Public Schools is optimistic that these schools will see their grades improve to a C or better, which will mean an external operator will not be necessary. Regardless, the district will continue to provide resources to help the schools maintain their upward trajectory.
For additional information and updates as they become available, please click on the link below.
Attention Incoming 7th Grade Parents and Students
The Florida Department of Health requires 7th graders to have the following immunization:
Tdap (1 dose) – Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis
You must show documentation of the Tdap BEFORE your child starts 7th grade.
For more information, please click here.
The guide contains valuable information and resource options for parents on programs, choice options, and academic expectations and requirements for all students pre-K to post-secondary.