Polk County Public Schools is ready to reopen our schools for students tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 4). Please see the following update from Superintendent Frederick Heid:
I am pleased to share that all of our schools now have power and that our cleanup efforts are complete.
As such, we are looking forward to students returning on Tuesday, Oct. 4. We hope the safe and reassuring environment of school will be a welcome return to some sense of normalcy.
We understand that many families might still be without power and are continuing their own storm-related recovery efforts. If your child is unable to attend school due to storm-related issues then please know that their absence will be marked as excused through Friday, Oct. 7.
We have launched a new webpage (polkschoolsfl.com/communityresources) with contact information for various agencies that can offer storm relief assistance.
I have had a few parents ask about make-up days and any updates to the school calendar. The State of Florida requires that schools operate for 180 days or an equivalent number of instructional hours. We are fortunate that our instructional schedule exceeds the state’s requirements. As a result, we will not have to make up any of the five days we were closed due to the hurricane. At this time, Friday, Oct. 7, will remain an early release day.
While our school buses will be transporting students tomorrow, we anticipate being short-staffed on drivers, as many are still dealing with incredibly difficult circumstances due to Hurricane Ian. Parents who have the ability to transport their own children to and from school might consider doing so to help reduce the demand on our available drivers.
If your children are walking to school or bus stops, please speak with them about the importance of avoiding any leftover debris or storm damage.
Thanks for your patience and support as we welcome students back into our classrooms.