Thursday – January 20, 2022

All Polk County Schools Closed

Required Workday For Staff

New Guidance for COVID Cases / Exposures

NCDHHS has updated the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit isolation and quarantine guidance to align with updated guidance from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention,. The new guidance outlines what individuals should do if they contract or are exposed to COVID-19 to help slow the spread to others.

Guidance Document

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’s teachers work diligently to develop meaningful relationships with their students. These strong relationships allow teachers to know, understand, and meet the needs of the students they serve.

Academic Success

Polk County Schools was recently ranked as the 2nd highest performing school district in North Carolina.  The Polk County Board of Education and hundreds of educators strive to provide high quality educational experiences for young people affording them the tools they need for future success.


Polk County Schools receives substantial support from the Polk County community. Families, local government, businesses, and philanthropic organizations partner with our staff and schools to ensure students are provided opportunities to learn and grow in the classroom and beyond.

Starting September 8, 2021, all students attending Polk County Schools are required to wear a face covering during the school day.

Exemption Request Form

Community Information Requests

School Safety

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.

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