Polk County Public Schools has new data on parent and staff intentions for the 2020-21 school year.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, PCPS is offering families three learning options: Campus Learning, a face-to-face, brick-and-mortar format; Campus eSchool, which allows students to remain enrolled in their current school but participate in highly structured virtual learning; and Polk Virtual, a longstanding, entirely online program.
To assist with planning for the 2020-21 school year, the district asked parents to select their learning option via an online questionnaire that originally closed on July 27, but at the direction of the School Board was extended to Aug. 2.
Results show that:
- 45.2 percent of students will participate in face-to-face, brick-and-mortar learning
- 46.1 percent of students will participate in Campus eSchool
- 8.6 percent of students will participate in Polk Virtual
Next Steps for Parents
Acting Chief Academic Officer Michelle Townley said principals will begin contacting their families during the week of Aug. 17 to share information about orientation, eSchool schedules, device distribution, on-campus health and safety protocols, and more.
In the meantime, parents are asked to create a Parent Portal account (if they haven’t already) at https://polkschoolsfl.com/parentportal/.
Parent Portal is the district’s online platform that allows parents to access their child’s records, including attendance and grades. After establishing an account, parents are encouraged to regularly check Parent Portal for updates from their child’s school.
“Parent Portal is the best way for parents to stay on top of their child’s individual performance, participation and progress in school,” Townley said. “The better informed parents are, the better they can support their children – and their support will be vital in the upcoming school year.”
The district also asked employees about their preferences for the coming school year. Employees could select from one of the following options: face-to-face assignment, Campus eSchool assignment, Polk Virtual assignment, or equally comfortable with a face-to-face, Campus eSchool or Polk Virtual assignment.
The online employee questionnaire originally closed at 5pm on July 27. At the direction of the School Board, it was extended through July 30 to allow more staff to respond.
Of the 5,902 instructional staff that responded, results show that:
- 39 percent of teachers prefer a face-to-face assignment
- 28.6 percent of teachers prefer a Campus eSchool assignment
- 28 percent are equally comfortable with any of the three assignments
- The remainder, 255 teachers or approximately 4.4 percent of teachers, prefer a Polk Virtual assignment
District and school-based staff are now reconciling the parent and employee data to assign teachers to one of the three learning options. This is a detailed process that involves building classes – whether they’ll be in-person or virtual – student-by-student and teacher-by-teacher.
Principals are communicating with their teachers about their assignments for the 2020-21 school year as they receive and analyze their school’s data.
All teachers should have received their 2020-21 assignments by August 14.
Excluding teachers, data show that 48.7 percent of non-instructional staff are equally comfortable with a face-to-face or an alternate remote assignment; 39.7 percent prefer a face-to-face assignment; and 11.6 percent prefer an alternate remote assignment.
Polk Virtual School
Families who selected Polk Virtual School on the 2020-21 intent survey will also need to enroll at PVS. The final deadline to do so is Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.
More information on the reopening of schools can be found here: https://polkschoolsfl.com/reopening