Yesterday, the Florida Department of Education issued an order calling for all “brick and mortar” public and charter schools to physically reopen in August for at least five days per week.
Polk County Public Schools staff reviewed the document and have determined that the school options we’ve been developing for the 2020-21 school year are still viable under the order. Those options include being able to attend school in-person or virtually.
“Our reopening task force has been meeting for the last several weeks, carefully considering all the many details involved in resuming school amid the pandemic, including whether or not to require masks and how we provide families with flexibility during this especially challenging time. We will be presenting an overview of our plan to the School Board at their July 14 work session,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. “An important takeaway from the executive order is that school boards with an approved reopening plan will receive their full FTE credit even for students taking part in approved innovative learning formats. This was reassuring news for PCPS during these uncertain financial times.”
All currently available information on reopening is posted at polkschoolsfl.com/reopening. We will continue to post updates to that website, as well as our social media accounts. In addition, major announcements will be communicated via automated phone calls and emails.
“We know that our families have many questions and concerns,” Byrd said. “We are taking all of them into consideration as we plan for the upcoming school year.”