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Florida First Lady Promoting Resiliency Initiative

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of a resiliency initiative for Florida schools to emphasize key character development skills including volunteerism, teamwork... — Updated 4/15/2021


Apply Online for Free 2021-22 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Applications are now being taken online for Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) for the 2021-22 school year. The VPK application process is now being conducted entirely online.... — Updated 4/8/2021


Tips for Parents: Creating an Optimal Remote Learning Experience for your Child: Creating the Space

There are many components that combine to create a successful virtual learning experience for your child. Navigating the change from in-school learning to at-home learning requires... — Updated 1/21/2021


Polk County's Graduation Rate Reaches New Record High Despite Pandemic

(Editor's Note: Lake Wales High School is not included in this report, since it is part of the charter system and not considered a traditional Polk high school. Its graduation rate... — Updated 1/15/2021


Florida Poly Named Top 5 Tech University in the South

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has been named one of the five best universities in the Southern states for tech students by Deep South Magazine. Florida Poly, the only... — Updated 12/11/2020


PCPS Open Enrollment Takes Place Nov. 10 - Jan. 12; Facebook Chats Planned

Open enrollment at Polk County Public Schools will take place Nov. 10 - Jan. 12. During open enrollment, families can apply for their students to attend Cambridge AICE, choice... — Updated 11/11/2020


Schools COVID-19 Call Center Opens Nov. 2

Polk County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health-Polk have partnered to create a COVID-19 call center that opens Monday, Nov. 2. The call center will be open from... — Updated 10/29/2020


Enrollment for the Spring 2021 Semester at Polk State Begins Oct. 26

Enrollment for Polk State College's Spring Semester will begin on Monday, Oct. 26 with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their program... — Updated 10/29/2020


Florida Poly Launches Innovative STEM Support for High Schools

Florida Polytechnic University has taken on a new initiative to support high schools throughout the state by providing a virtual network of trained learning assistants. More than a... — Updated 9/30/2020


Florida Poly Expands Support for Minorities on Campus

Florida Polytechnic University is starting the academic year with a strong commitment to an environment of respect, support, and adequate representation of minorities on campus.... — Updated 8/26/2020


Online Resource Helps Keep Community Informed of COVID-19 Impact on Schools

Polk County Public Schools has created a new resource for parents, employees and members of the public who seek further information about the impact of COVID-19 on their school... — Updated 8/26/2020


Cyber Florida to Work with Polk County to Help Prepare Future Cyber Professionals

Cyber Florida at University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF are pleased to announce that Polk County has joined the partnership to prepar... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

COVID-19 Re-opening of Schools Contentious

The Aug. 11 Polk County Public School Board meeting featured only two agenda items: updates on COVID-19, and following its lunch break, the search for a new superintendent. As has c... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Lake Wales High School Sports On Hold for Now to Avoid COVID-19 Spread

Sports at Lake Wales High School are on the shelf for the time being as the result of a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4 by the charter system's Board of Trustees. The group unanimously voted... — Updated 8/6/2020


Despite Pandemic Impact, Highlander Band Director Remains Optimistic

Stephen Cornelius had big plans to grow the Lake Wales High School Highlander Band, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now starting his second year as director, Cornelius is... — Updated 8/5/2020


Less Than Half of PCPS Teachers, Parents Want School In Person

Polk County Public Schools School Board members received an initial look at parents' intentions for the 2020-21 school year during the board's work session on Tuesday, July 28. The... — Updated 7/31/2020


News Highlights from Polk County Public Schools - July 24

FREE MEALS: With the start of the PCPS school year delayed to Aug. 24, Polk County Public Schools is extending its summer meals program to Thursday, Aug. 6. The meals program was or... — Updated 7/30/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Charter Schools Announce Meal Guidelines

Lake Wales Charter Schools has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2020-2021... — Updated 7/22/2020


2020-21 Budget: PCPS Will Pay $9 Million More in FRS Contributions, Bracing for Harder Days Ahead

Gov. Ron DeSantis' recently signed budget includes a multimillion-dollar hit to Polk County Public Schools - and district administrators caution the fiscal future could be even more... — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

School to Start in August with Options

The 2020-21 school year will begin in August. Options will be a choice of on-campus, online, or a combination of both. These are the results of a survey taken by a task force... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Contractor Selected for Work on New Bok North Campus

Lake Wales Charter Schools officials have selected a contractor to do phase one and phase two work this summer in getting the new Bok North Academy campus ready for opening this... — Updated 6/24/2020


McLaughlin Looking for Volunteers to Paint School Hallways, Lockers

McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy in Lake Wales is seeking volunteers to paint indoor hallways and lockers at the school. Work shifts are planned from 9 a.m. to 4:30... — Updated 6/10/2020


Enrollment Open for Polk State College Fall Semester

Enrollment is open at Polk State College for the Fall 2020 Semester, which will start on August 17. Students currently enrolled at Polk State may register for classes through their... — Updated 6/3/2020


School Board Urges Desantis to Veto HB5007, Accept Federal Aid

In a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to sign and send an open letter to Governor Ron DeSantis. The aim of the open letter was to... — Updated 6/3/2020


Polk Schools Asking Community for Feedback on Reopening in Fall

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,... — Updated 6/3/2020


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