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  • Polk Schools Asking Community for Feedback on Reopening in Fall

    Rachel Pleasant, Polk County Public Schools|Updated Jun 3, 2020

    Polk County Public Schools is surveying students, parents, employees and stakeholders about their thoughts on reopening school in the fall. The online survey will close on Friday, June 12, and can be found at The survey takes about five minutes to complete, is anonymous, and is available in multiple languages. Participants will be asked how comfortable they feel with students returning to school in the fall, students wearing masks while on buses and...

  • Polk Schools Health Plan Will Become Solvent Three Years Ahead of Schedule

    Rachel Pleasant, Polk County Public Schools|Updated May 13, 2020

    Polk County Public Schools' self-funded health plan is on track to become solvent in 2020 - three years ahead of schedule. "Every PCPS employee should be very proud of what we have achieved, because we did it together," said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. "We were facing multimillion-dollar shortfalls. The district and the unions took action together, and because we did, the health plan is healthier than it's been in a long time." The work done to stabilize the health plan...