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Polk County Public Schools is no longer requiring students and staff to wear face coverings.
At the School Board meeting on June 8, 2021, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to lift a requirement that students wear face coverings. The requirement for PCPS employees to wear face coverings is also being lifted.
Beginning June 9, 2021, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in PCPS schools, offices, and buses. Face coverings will be optional for students and staff members for the 2021-22 school year.
“We still continue to encourage masks for anybody who is not vaccinated, but we are giving the option and flexibility to families and staff to make those decisions,” said Frederick Heid, incoming PCPS superintendent.
Students who opt to wear face coverings must comply with general dress code and school uniform requirements.
Click here to see a list of required school supplies for 2021-2022.
The Florida Department of Health requires 7th graders to have the following immunization:
Tdap (1 dose) Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis
You must show documentation on the Tdap BEFORE your child starts 7th grade. Per State Law, failure to have your child obtain this immunization will mean they will not receive a schedule at orientation and will not be able to attend classes once school begins in the Fall.
Immunizations are available from your private medical doctor or the local health department. Get a copy your child’s complete immunization record after they have obtained the Tdap shot from the doctor.
Return the DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, to the school after the immunization visit.
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