Polk County Schools is a public school system in Western North Carolina serving approximately 2,300 students. All Polk County schools have been recognized by state and national organizations for their student centered focus and academic excellence.
Polk County Schools is proud to maintain small, community centered elementary schools with preschools for our youngest students. The students then come together into Polk County Middle School where they participate in a variety of academic courses and extracurricular activities. For the upper grades, students have a choice of the comprehensive curriculum and activities at Polk County High School or the smaller individualized learning at Polk County Early College.
Polk County Schools works hard to provide safe schools where our students are free to learn without concern for this safety. Each student knows that the school staff are available at anytime for conversations about safety concerns at school. We also understand that some students would feel more comfortable reporting safety concerns through a more anonymous mechanism.
Polk County Schools has a Tip Line available 24 hours a day for anyone who would like to report a safety concern in one of our schools. Polk County also participates in the NC Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. This program is managed by the Sandy Hook Foundation and provides students an opportunity to interact with a trained safety counselor 24 hours a day. Reports made through the Say Something system are forwarded to both the school system and local law enforcement as deemed necessary.
At their February meeting, the Polk County Board of Education voted to make face coverings optional for students and staff in all school facilities. The Board also instructed the Superintendent to release updated COVID protocols based on the information provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The updated protocols are linked below.
A county-appointed committee of volunteers has been meeting monthly to work through the business case for bringing a YMCA to our community. No decisions have been made but we are moving as quickly as we can. A big part of our process is hearing from Polk County residents. Please complete this brief survey to help in the planning of a YMCA facility for our community.