Polk County Public Schools is changing our quarantine policy due to a new emergency order by the Florida Surgeon General.
Under this order, parents and guardians can choose to allow their child who is a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual to remain in school — as long as they do not have symptoms.
They can also opt for their child to follow quarantine procedures for a period of up to seven days.
Either choice is totally at the discretion of the parent or guardian, as long as the child has no symptoms. Some typical symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If parents or guardians choose to have their child return to school, they need to submit a return-to-school form. This document is available at polkschoolsfl.com/returnform.
Please note this new policy does not apply to students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Any students who have tested positive must still follow quarantine procedures as instructed by PCPS and the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.