Equity & Diversity Management

We support the educational mission of Polk County Public Schools by providing guidance and resources for developing cultural awareness, understanding and equity within the district.
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Our Educational Approach to Racial Injustice.
Polk County Public Schools is committed to helping its students, parents and employees create inclusive learning and working environments. Please use the following resources in talking to your students and colleagues about topics such as racial inequality, discrimination and diversity.
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Understanding Race and Privilege by NASP
This document is part of a series of resources developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in response to recent acts of racial violence and the increasingly uncivil discourse occurring across our country.
40+ Children's Books by NIA HOUSE Learning Center
Some of the books listed offer an overview of rights; the majority show individuals and organizations past and present who have struggled to overcome injustices. All offer different levels of child-friendly images, concepts and text.
Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice By Jinnie Spiegler
Harnessing young children’s desire for fairness and using it as opening to discuss bias and discrimination is not a hard leap, but one that needs to be made explicitly and with instruction.
Tips for Parents by NASP
Families and schools can work together to foster supportive relationships, to help children understand their emotional reactions, and to teach effective coping and conflict resolution strategies.
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Nondiscrimination Statement
The School Board of Polk County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices. The Board will provide equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other identified Title 36 patriotic youth groups as required within 34 C.F.R. 108.9.

To file concerns, you may contact the Office of Equity & Compliance in Human Resource Services at 863-534-0513 or P.O. Box 391, Bartow, FL 33831.

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, Policies 1122, 2260, 3122 and 4122, Florida Educational Equity Act, Section 1000.05, F.S., Rule 6A‐19.000 through 6A‐19.010, FAC, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, Vocational Guidelines, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title IX and Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act 34 C.F.R. 108.9.
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District & Community Committees We Serve On

These are just a few of the committees we serve on.

Charter Review

Student Code of Conduct

Administrator Screening Selection

Head Start Policy Council

Career Academy Advisory Board

Community Relations Advisory Council (CRAC)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee

Facility Vendor Selection (Bid Review)

ESE Advisory Council

Student Behavior Response Team (SBRT)

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We work to implement and sustain efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our district through strategic partnerships and initiatives paired with professional learning.
Equally, we strive to ensure a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
How we do it.
  1. We recruit highly qualified personnel that mirror the demographics of our diverse student population.
  2. We monitor all school sites that fall below 5 percent of staff demographics (black and Hispanic) through the school district’s Diversity Action Plan (DAP).
  3. We work to increase the cultural competency of teachers, administrators, district-level staff and community stakeholders through professional learning related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  4. We continue to develop partnerships with local organizations including (but not limited to) local Chambers of Commerce, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Concerned Citizens, Hispanic Educational Group, district PTAs and PTOs, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Community Relations Advisory Council (CRAC).
  5. We investigate and address incidents of unlawful harassment and inequitable treatment within the school district to promote an environment conducive to learning and working.
  6. We prepare position statements and formal responses to complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and other federal agencies, and providing basic EEO law training to staff as requested.
  7. We prepare and submit the school district’s Annual Equity Update report to the Florida Department of Education.
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