Polk County Public Schools will continue to use distance learning for our Summer Learning programs this year, as a way to meet the educational needs of students while being mindful of public health concerns.
This year’s elementary Summer Learning program has been changed to a distance learning model for all incoming kindergarten students, and currently enrolled kindergarten through fifth-grade students.
K-4 students will receive weekly booklets that include math, reading, writing, phonics and vocabulary lessons, serving as bridge activities between grade levels. K- 5 students will also have access to various digital and video resources.
Summer Learning materials will be distributed by schools. The pairing of paper-based materials with online games and tutorials will offer students a fun way to continue learning during the summer and help ensure they are ready for school in the fall.
Summer Learning is a recommended, optional resource for elementary students and families. There is no time limit to complete the work.
Distance learning will also be conducted at the secondary level for middle and high school students needing to recover courses and credits to advance. These online summer programs will take place from June 3 to June 30, with students and teachers working from home.
Schools have been working to identify and contact families whose students are eligible and in need of this extra academic help. Devices and connectivity support are available to all students who need to recover courses or credits.
For more information about PCPS’ Summer Learning programs, or your child’s specific learning plan, please contact your child’s school.
PCPS will also continue to operate our help line from June 1-11, to assist families with any technology issues related to distance learning. The help line can be reached at 863-614-1600 on weekdays (excluding Fridays) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Extended School Year (ESY)
PCPS has a longstanding Extended School Year (ESY) summer program that serves students with disabilities with Individual Education Plans (IEP).
This year, the program will be offered in a distance learning format for students with disabilities whose IEP teams have determined the need for ESY services. This allows PCPS to continue limiting the possible exposure for students and staff to COVID-19, while adhering to CDC guidelines for social distancing and other protective measures.
The summer ESY program will be held for students beginning June 3 through June 30, 2020.
In order to streamline the enrollment process, all students participating in ESY 2020 will be enrolled through one of the ESE center schools (Doris A. Sanders Learning Center, Jean O’Dell Learning Center, Karen M. Siegel Academy). This will be for ESY only and will not impact a student’s enrollment for the traditional school year. School and district staff are currently identifying all students who are eligible for ESY per their IEP, and requesting information from parents for those students who will participate.
For more information about ESY, parents should contact their school principal if your child attends a PCPS Learning Center (Doris A. Sanders, Jean O’Dell, Karen M Siegel Academy). Parents of students at all other schools should contact the ESE senior manager who supports your school (click here for contact info).