There is no specific number of positive cases that would result in a school closure. There are several factors that would be considered in such a decision, including:
- Whether a school has adequate staffing in order to maintain safe operations.
- Whether there is a need for widespread extensive cleaning of the campus.
- Whether there is an increase in community spread of the virus.
Such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.
Polk County Public Schools continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County and follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s quarantine guidelines. The CDC’s guidelines call for those who have been exposed to a positive case to complete a 14-day self-quarantine, and for those who test positive to complete a 10-day self-isolation.
PCPS is utilizing the CDC’s critical infrastructure guidelines. These guidelines are a provision under which employees can continue to work after being exposed at their work site if they are asymptomatic. We are using these guidelines in certain circumstances, when warranted, to continue providing a safe learning environment.
Please see our update on the CDC critical infrastructure guidelines: https://polkschoolsfl.com/newsrelease/pcps-following-updated-cdc-guidelines-beginning-sept-1/.
Under these guidelines, staff members will still be contacted and quarantined if they have been identified as having a close exposure (within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or longer). However, under these guidelines, staff members will be allowed to continue working if they remain asymptomatic and adhere to protocols as provided by the CDC.
As of Sept. 1, 2020, there are no restrictions within the US for travel state-by-state. This is subject to change. Parents and staff members should check the CDC website for updates and check with the state visitor center(s) webpage for more information.
PCPS does not keep or release quarantine information. That information is managed by the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. At this time, DOH-Polk does not release any information regarding case investigations at facilities, schools or places of employment. This information is exempt from public records disclosure pursuant to Section 381.0031 (6), Fla. Stat., and Sections 64D-3.036 and 64D-3.041 (2), Florida Administrative Code as epidemiological investigations are conducted and in order to protect privacy information. The Department is working to make some of this information available in the coming days and weeks as it remains committed to public transparency and to providing the most up-to-date information available regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
This page reflects the schoolwide notifications that are sent when a campus has a positive case of COVID-19 that impacts the school. Once the Florida Department of Health in Polk County confirms a positive case that impacts a school, PCPS prepares and sends a schoolwide notification to inform the entire school community. This webpage is updated as schoolwide notifications are sent.