Polk County Public Schools has released the Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) for the 2020-21 school year.
The plan details how learning will take place in three distinct formats: Campus Learning, which restores the face-to-face, brick-and-mortar school day; Campus eSchool, which allows students to remain enrolled in their current school but take part in highly structured virtual learning; and Polk Virtual, a longstanding program that allows students the ability to fulfill their K-12 educational requirements entirely online.
During Tuesday’s school board work session, Acting Chief Academic Officer Michelle Townley said the 2020-21 ICP was carefully crafted to ensure students and staff members in both the Campus eSchool and Campus Learning formats will meet the same requirements.
“When you look at the ICP we put into place at the end of last school year, we were clearly in a state of emergency, with relaxed grading and attendance policies,” she said.
“Under the new ICP, we make clear that all students and staff will follow all district policies in regards to grades, attendance, progress monitoring, multi-tiered systems of supports processes, IEP and ESOL documentation, student technology and privacy rights. All of those pieces must be followed in both settings.”
The 2020-21 plan also includes information on technology, the district’s meal programs, expectations for parents and teachers, and testing.
Staff and parents are encouraged to begin familiarizing themselves with the plan in preparation for the 2020-21 school year, which begins Aug. 24.