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Florida Department of Health Website Now Featuring COVID-19 School Info

Florida Department of Health Website Now Featuring COVID-19 School Info

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UPDATE (3:30 p.m.):

We’ve reported concerns about the accuracy of the data (regarding missing schools and cases) on the state website to the Florida Department of Health office in Polk County. We’re told there may have been initial issues with the local school data gathered by FDOH to compile the statewide report on its website. FDOH-Polk says they believe these issues will likely be resolved as more cases and reports are uploaded to the FDOH website.

At this time PCPS does not plan to continue updating cases our own website. Please note that nothing else is changing in regard to how we notify employees and families about cases impacting their schools — you will continue to receive automated calls and emails for each case that impacts your school. Students and staff who are required to quarantine will still receive direct communication and instructions to follow.

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The Florida Department of Health is now providing a detailed summary of COVID-19 cases associated with schools throughout the state, including Polk County.

For the latest summary information available, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov and scroll down to “School Report for Florida.”

The report includes the total number of COVID-19 cases broken down by individual schools, as well as whether the case was a student, teacher or staff member. The health department will update this data on Tuesdays.

Under PCPS’ COVID-19 communication procedures, our schools will continue to send mass messages via the district’s automated telephone and email system (SchoolMessenger) to parents and staff members, when a confirmed positive case impacts their campus and requires others to quarantine.

Our own website will no longer be updated with entries of those messages. The DOH official summary provides the most information available, and also obeys federal and state laws that prohibit the release of confidential medical information.