The Polk County Public Schools reopening task force will soon go over its initial recommendations for the 2020-21 school year.
Last week, subcommittees began meeting separately to address learning options for the school year, as well as precautionary measures to protect students and staff members. The entire task force is scheduled to meet on July 8 and will discuss what additional planning must take place before the end of the summer.
Members of the Instructional subcommittee are creating a FAQ for some common questions about the district’s learning options:
Campus Learning — Students return to campus and interact in person with teachers and classmates. Various health and safety protocols would be put into place.
Campus eSchool — Students remain enrolled in zoned, choice, or magnet school of acceptance, but they participate in distance learning. Parents serve as learning coaches and monitor students on completing their assignments.
Polk Virtual School — Students enroll into the district’s existing virtual school program. Online lessons are taught by PCPS teachers. Parents serve as learning coaches and monitor students on completing their assignments.
The Operational Protocols subcommittee discussed a variety of potential safety measures for campus learning, including how to conduct temperature screenings. You can watch the Operational Protocols subcommittee’s discussion from last week here.
Members of the Whole Child Supports subcommittee began working in four smaller groups on topics related to Exceptional Student Education programs, including how to deliver specialized services for students with deaf/hard-of-hearing needs and how teachers and interpreters will collaborate to provide services.
Links to those groups’ discussions can be found below:
Whole Child Supports