Good afternoon Polk County Public Schools families,
As we prepare to reopen our schools on Thursday, we want to thank you for your patience during our response to Hurricane Dorian.
Our district was closed for two days, Sept. 3 and 4, in anticipation of severe weather and to ensure the safety our students, staff, facilities, school buses and community. We have received many questions about makeup days.
Polk County Public Schools staff have reviewed state instructional time requirements and our 2019-20 school calendar. The state requires that students receive a certain number of instructional hours each school year. We are pleased to share that we will meet the state’s requirements without having to make up the days we were closed. Again, there will be no makeup days for Hurricane Dorian. We will follow the 2019-20 school calendar as planned.
These have been a trying few days as we tracked the storm, prepared for possible shelter activation and made decisions regarding the closing and reopening of schools and offices.
Like you, we are relieved the storm spared our area. But we are deeply saddened by the severe damage it inflicted on the Bahamas and other parts of the Caribbean. Our hearts are with those who must now rebuild not just their homes, but their lives in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. We are now watching anxiously as the storm heads north, and hoping for minimal impact to the U.S.
While this storm has passed us, there are many weeks left of hurricane season. As always, we will monitor the weather, work closely with our partners at Polk County Emergency Management and make the safety of our students and employees our first priority.
We look forward to seeing your children back at school on Thursday.