No student shall receive discipline under the Code of Student Conduct for failure to complete academic assignments. Students have the responsibility and are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner so as not to interfere with the rights of others to learn.


The Alternative Education Programs are designed to provide educational services to those students who are unsuccessful in the normal school environment. The Alternative Education Programs described herein are those specifically related to student discipline and do not include various other alternative education opportunities provided by The School Board of Polk County, Florida.

  1. Exceptional Students: See Section 3.08, Discipline of IDEIA-Eligible Students.
  2. Unsatisfactory Completion of Assignment: Any student who fails to satisfactorily complete an Alternative Education Program assignment and has withdrawn from any school must enter the Polk County School System through the program they did not complete. This procedure may be waived if so determined by a committee assigned by the Director, Discipline.


When child abuse and/or neglect is suspected by school personnel, the law requires that the suspected child abuse and/or neglect be reported immediately to the Florida Abuse Registry, 1-800-962-2873.


All secret societies and kindred organizations are prohibited, forbidden, and excluded from the public schools of Polk County, Florida. No student shall be permitted to join or be connected with any such club or organization in the Polk County School system.


It is the policy of the Polk County School Board that all of its students have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from dating violence and abuse. The District shall not tolerate dating violence and abuse of any kind. Dating violence or abuse by any student is prohibited on school property, during any school related or school sponsored program or activity, or during school sponsored transportation.


    1. Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past intimate relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a student.
    2. Abuse is mistreatment which may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner.

Reporting Dating Violence or Abuse

School employees shall report to the Principal or designee suspected cases of dating violence and abuse. Students should report suspected cases of dating violence and abuse to the Principal or designee and may do so anonymously. Student victims should report any incidents of violence and abuse to the Principal or designee as soon after it occurs as possible. Nothing herein shall be construed as relieving a mandatory reporter of the obligation to report a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect.


Students are required to wear appropriate clothing according to the situation and the grade level involved. Inappropriate clothing and appearance are disruptive to the school program and principals will enforce adherence to this policy by those under their jurisdiction. Each school may provide for more specific dress code requirements within the scope of this district-wide dress code. The principal shall confer and obtain approval from the school’s School Advisory Council (SAC) to develop and notify parents and students of the school’s specific dress code before the end of the school year. School administrators have final authority to decide if clothing complies with District rules. Dress Code is not to be used as a barrier to access education. No student may be denied attendance at school or otherwise penalized if failure to comply with dress code is due to financial hardship. Responsible timeframes may be established for compliance for financial hardship and for students new to the district.

  1. Section 4.03, Disruptive Behavior and/or Minor Infractions: Section 4.03, Disruptive Behavior and/or Minor Infractions: Repeated violations of the dress code shall be treated as disruptive behavior under Section 4.03 herein. However, dress code violations shall not carry over on the student’s discipline record to subsequent semesters.
  2. General Dress Code Requirements: Section 1 paragraph (d) of subsection (2) of section s.1006.07, Florida Statutes requires each district school board to adopt a dress code policy that prohibits a student, whil