Polk County Public Schools has received numerous inquiries from families and stakeholders curious about whether they’ll be able to volunteer on campus this school year.
To minimize student and staff exposure amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the district will limit access to its schools and buildings.
For at least the first nine weeks, only essential visitors will be allowed on site. This restriction will extend to school volunteers.
“We love our volunteers, and we hope to welcome them back to our campuses very soon,” said Senior Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships Jeanette Crowley, who oversees the district’s volunteer program. “We will miss them this first nine weeks, but we hope they will continue to support our schools from afar.”
Schools are being encouraged to find virtual ways for volunteers to be involved. For instance, volunteers could read to groups of students via videoconferencing.
“Our school-based administrators and staff members are exceedingly creative,” said Acting Chief Academic Officer Michelle Townley, “And I’m sure we’ll see their imaginations at work this first nine weeks as they find new — and safe — ways to keep their volunteers engaged.”
Volunteers should contact their schools for more information about how to be involved this school year. PCPS will update the community about the status of volunteering as the school year progresses.