Results are now available from a Polk County Public Schools safety survey about the upcoming school year.
The survey focused on potential safety measures being used in response to COVID-19 for the 2020-21 school year. More than 37,000 responses were provided by PCPS parents, employees and community members from May 29 through June 12. The PCPS survey was modeled after similar surveys conducted by other school districts, and the Florida Department of Education.
In addition, PCPS received more than 8,600 comments through the survey, with prevalent topics including:
– How the school district should address student usage of masks
– Opening schools for the fall semester
– Continuation of distance learning
– Various impacts to PCPS students and employees
– Sanitizing of school buildings
– Suggestions for additional safety measures
The responses and feedback provided through the survey are being reviewed by the local task force that has been assembled to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. The task force includes the chair of the Polk County School Board; district administrators and school principals; leadership from the unions representing PCPS educators, bus drivers, custodians and other employees; PCPS teachers; the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County; and pediatricians from Lakeland Regional Health and Central Florida Health Care, Inc.
In addition to the survey responses, the task force is reviewing guidance from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office and the Florida Department of Education to plan for the 2020-21 school year.
Updates will be provided to PCPS parents, employees and community members as soon as possible. For more information about the task force, please click here.
Additional information is available at polkschoolsfl.com/reopening.