UPDATES: Coronavirus / COVID-19




3/29/2020 - Wrap-around Resource Guidefocusing on five areas: 

Talking with Kids about COVID 19  - Resources to empower families with “kid-friendly” information to help ease the fear.

Mental Health Resources – Local and state help hotlines are highlighted.  Various mental health resources are listed.   

Insurance Resources – Links to state assistance programs and state health benefit plans are provided. 

Financial/Community Assistance/ Unemployment – Community resources such as food banks, childcare resources, credit card/ cellphone relief information and links to the financial assistance programs are listed.  Under unemployment families will find links to wage assistance programs, filing for unemployment, and links to job applications with various companies.    

Home Resources/Student Activities – Links to student activities such as home cooking classes, ACT/SAT prep, virtual tours, on-line art classes, etc


3/26/2020 - Polk School District will be altering the locations and times for food distribution for Grab and Go Meals.  Please see the information listed below.

Breakfast/Lunch Locations and Times - UPDATE

Lugares y Horarios de Desayuno / Almuerzo - ACTUALIZACIÓN


3/26/2020 - Earlier today, Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order closing public schools through April 24th. The order stated that:

"...public elementary and secondary schools shall remain closed for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020 with limited exceptions for meal preparation and distribution, continuity of distant learning opportunities, and any other necessary functions as determined by the local school superintendent."

Please read the school district's information concerning this new extension.

Second Extension of School Closure Letter

Segunda Extensión de la Carta de Cierre de la Escuela

Governor Kemp's Executive Order


3/25/20 - The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) released an update on the status of sport practice and competitions.

GHSA Update


3/23/20 - The CDC has release additional information for parent and guardians to use in keeping students safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 Tips to Keep Children Healthy while School’s Out


3/22/2020 - Due to the Governor's extension of the closures through spring break, we are providing additional distance learning packets for Week 3 and Week 4.  Week 4 is being provided should another extension of school closure is necessary. An electronic copy is available on our website under the Distance Learning tab.  Please read the messages below for additional information.

Distance Learning Letter #2

Carta de Aprendizaje a Distancia # 2


3/20/2020 - Attention Seniors!!! The attached announcement was made today by the University System of Georgia.  Instead of using SAT/ACT scores, they will temporarily by using your GPA for admission decisions due to COVID-19.  *UGA and Georgia Tech are exceptions.  Contact your high school counselor via email if you have questions.

Letter from USG


3/20/2020 -  State Superintendent Richard Woods canceled all state assessments - to include Georgia Milestones, GAA 2.0, End of Pathway Exams, and GKIDS - for the 2019-2020.

Announcement from State Superintendent Woods


3/17/2020 - Please see the attached document from the President.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

15 Dias Para Desacelerar la Propagación 


3/16/2020 - Late this afternoon, Governor Kemp issued an executive order closing all public elementary, secondary (middle and high), and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.  Please find the letter from Superintendent Laurie Atkins, as well as the executive order from Governor Kemp.

Additional School Closings

Cierres Escolares Adicionales

Governor Kemp's Executive Order


3/14/2020 - The Georgia Department of Public Health released a message earlier this evening concerning cancellation of events and large gatherings.

Georgia Department of Public Health News Release


3/12/2020 - Due to the school closure and in an attempt to continue providing continuity in the learning process, a distance learning study packet will be provided for your child.  An electronic copy is available on our website under the Distance Learning tab.  Please read the messages below for additional information.

Distance Learning

La Educación a Distancia

Please find below the Parent and Community Questions and Answer sheet from the questions submitted on Facebook last night and this morning.

Parent Q & A

Preguntas y Respuestas de Las Padres

Please find a list of Breakfast/Lunch Meal Distribution locations below:

Breakfast/Lunch Locations

Lugares de Desayuno/Almuerzo

Please find a listing of Community Resource phone numbers should anyone need additional resources.

Polk County Resource Numbers

Numeros de Recursos del Condado de Polk


3/12/2020 -  Please read this important message from Superintendent Laurie Atkins regarding school closure due to COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.

Superintendent's Message

Mensaje de la Superintendente - versión en español


The CDC has released a message to assist parents and school in talking with children about COVID-19.  

Talking With Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Hable con sus Hijos Sobre el COVID-19


3/10/2020 - The Department of Public Health released a new statement late last night concerning the five additional presuptive positive COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

Update on Presumptive Positive Cases in Georgia


3/9/2020 - Polk School District is working daily to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.  We are aware of the confirmed COVID-19 case in Polk County; however, at this time there are no ties to anyone in our school system.  We are closely monitoring and receiving updates from the Polk County Health Department, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In an effort to keep our students, employees, and families safe, we are committed to following the most current recommendations from these agencies. 


3/8/2020 – Please click on the link below to learn more about the enrollment and travel guidelines the district will be following for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Enrollment and Travel Guidelines


3/7/2020 - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) developed a PowerPoint about the coronavirus that can be used to share information with the public. DPH encourages state and local government agencies, schools, places of worship, businesses, and others to use this slide deck.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 - COVID 19


3/6/2020 - As stated in the letter from Superintendent Atkins earlier this week, we are providing updates and sharing information as we receive them from local and regional health agencies. Please read the information provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) on the current COVID19 situation.

Statement from the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District


3/4/2020 - Please read this important message from Superintendent Laurie Atkins regarding COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses.

Superintendent's Message

Mensaje de la Superintendente - versión en español

For additional information, please visit these websites: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Georgia Department of Education: https://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Georgia Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

Polk County Health Department:  https://nwgapublichealth.org/counties/polk/

Polk Medical Center Newsroom:  https://www.polkhospital.org/newsroom/Pages/default.aspx 

CDC Posters    CDC Poster - Spanish

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