Polk County Public Schools has created a task force that will assist with planning for school to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have a lot of very important decisions to make, and those decisions will deeply affect the lives of our students, employees and families,” said Deputy Superintendent John Hill.
“At the direction of Superintendent Byrd, we’ve assembled this task force of individuals, who represent a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise, to assist us in our planning. We want to make sure we are making the best decisions we possibly can for our school district.”
The task force includes:
The task force will meet regularly to discuss and develop plans for reopening school in the fall. As it awaits guidance from the governor’s office and Florida Department of Education, PCPS is planning for three scenarios: physically reopening school with increased health and safety measures, continuing distance learning, and using a hybrid approach that combines in-person and distance learning.
As decisions are made for the reopening of school, information will be shared on the district’s website, social media accounts, and via its automated telephone and email system.
Students, employees, parents and members of the public are able to share their opinions on reopening school by taking the district’s Return-to-School Safety Survey at polkschoolsfl.com. The survey will be open through June 12.