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Polk County Schools released a Request for Proposals to increase our deployment of interactive displays. Interactive Display RFP Proposals must be submitted by 2:00PM on November 12, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact: David ScherpingAssistant Superintendentscherp@polkschools.orgOffice:  828-894-6126Cell Phone:   828-817-2094
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The Polk County Board of Education has identified the following surplus property to be sold via sealed bid on November 5, 2021. Surplus List
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At its last regular meeting on September 13, 2021 The Polk County Board of Education voted to call a “Special Meeting” for the purpose of discussing COVID metrics to help establish guidelines for modifying current mitigation efforts like masking. Due to some personal and family issues that impacted several Board Members and scheduling conflicts with...
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Polk County Schools released a COVID dashboard to share information about the prevalence of COVID19 in our schools. The dashboard includes daily counts of positive cases and the associated number of quarantines resulting from those events.  This information will be updated regularly and may be adjusted after weekly review.   The dashboard can be accessed...
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has issued revised guidelines for controlling the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19 in schools. Control measures are proven, long-standing, and well-established public health practices to prevent the spread of serious communicable diseases, such as measles, pandemic influenza, Ebola, varicella, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),...
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This week, North Carolina plans to begin issuing Summer P-EBT to children who were eligible as of the last month of the 2020-21 school year. Benefits began being issued on July 28 and will stagger over several days into August. Please note that children may still receive the full summer benefit if they were enrolled...
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The Polk Count Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Monday, August 2, 2021.  The meeting will be held in the Polk County Middle School Auditorium.  The Board meeting will begin at approximately 6:30 pm. For additional information about the meeting, please call 828-894-3051.   
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Polk County High Schools will be celebrating the Class of 2021 at a Graduation Ceremony on Friday June 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM. The location of the ceremony has changed from GM Tennant Stadium to the Covered Arena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The address for the new location is: 25 International Boulevard...
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Polk County High School hosted the Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday June 10, 2021. The video of the ceremony is included below.
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A special thanks to Polk County Community Foundation for their support and funding of the AIG Summer Seminars for students enrolled in Polk County Schools! Polk County Schools is fortunate to partner with the Polk County Community Foundation in offering the sixth annual AIG Summer Seminars series in July and August 2021. These incredible, week-long...
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Polk County Early College will celebrate the Class of 2021 at a graduation ceremony on May 29th. The Graduation will be held in the Polk County High School Auditiorium at 10:30 AM. The Graduation will be streamed at: https://youtu.be/mghKl8cdpOk
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The Polk County Health Department, with assistance from Polk County Schools, will be offering Pfizer COVID vaccines for students 12 years and up. Students may receive the first vaccine dose on May 21st from 8:00AM -10:00AM at Polk County High School or from 11:00AM-3:00PM at Polk County Middle School. The second dose will be offered...
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Polk County Schools’ Student Health Advisory Committee has published their Spring 2021newsletter. You can view the newsletter at:  https://www.polkschools.org/shac/
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The North Carolina Legislature, in cooperation with Governor Roy Cooper, recently authored and ratified Senate Bill 220 that allows schools to return to Plan A instruction. The bill still requires a remote learning option for those students and families who do not feel safe returning in person. The bill was signed last Friday and contains...
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Polk County Schools is partnering with local nonprofit Higher Academia to provide learning spaces, or Community Learning Centers, for students in middle or high school.  These could be students who are learning remotely, or who need internet access or support on days when they are not at school.   The first center is being offered at...
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North Carolina announced it will continue to provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. Families do not need to apply for...
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Polk County Schools is working to partner with local community agencies to potentially provide local learning spaces for students in middle or high school who are learning remotely, or who need internet access or support on days when they are not at school.  For example, community agencies like Steps to Hope or local churches might...
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At this month’s meeting, the Polk County Board of Education updated the 2020-2021 school calendars.  March 5, 2021 is now a regular school day for all students, except those attending Polk County Early College. Updated calendars can be found at:  https://polkschools.org/calendars/ If you have questions about these calendars, please call 828-894-3051.
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Thursday – December 17, 2020 – Update Saluda Elementary School Closed – Optional Workday for Staff All  other Polk County schools are operating on a two hour delay.
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 Saluda Elementary School Closed All Polk County Schools are operating on a two hour delay.
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At their December meeting, the Polk County Board of Education made a small change to the 2020-2021 school calendar. Polk County Schools will return from the Holiday Break on January 4, 2021. In previous calendars January 4th was identified as Student Day where teachers had been asked to discuss Remote Learning. Labeling this as a...
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Polk County High School will be providing only remote learning for the next four (4) school days. (November 19, 20, 23, 24) We understand that this schedule change is inconvenient but this decision was made to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Teachers will be in contact with students to facilitate this temporary...
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Thursday November 12, 2020 All Polk County Schools are on a two hour delay.
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The Polk County Board of Education updated the 2020-2021 school calendars at yesterday’s meeting.  The calendars can be found online at:   https://polkschools.org/calendars/
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Monday November 2, 2020All Polk County Schools are on a two hour delay.
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The Federal government recently approved free breakfast and lunch for all students.  Last week Polk County Schools started providing free breakfast and lunch for all students being taught in our schools.  Starting today, all families can pick up meals for children up to age 18 at any elementary school in Polk County.  Meal pickups begin...
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Hello.  This is an automated message from Aaron Greene.  I am calling tonight with an update on school meals.  We are happy to inform you that the USDA has approved continued funding for free meals for children in Polk County through December 31 of this year.  This means that all children 18 years of age...
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Hello.  This is an automated message from Aaron Greene.  I am calling tonight with more updates on school reopening.  First, I want to talk about making sure students arrive healthy to school.  We will be requiring all families of students returning to in person learning to sign an attestation form agreeing to not send your...
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Hello.  This is an automated message from Aaron Greene.  I am calling to give you another update on school reopening.  First, I want to remind everyone that Monday, August 24 will be the first school day for students, except for Polk Early College.  You will be receiving more information and details about reopening plans and...
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I am writing today to give you an update on our local COVID-19 numbers and to ask for your help. Unfortunately the number of cases and percent of tests that are returning as positive are increasing here in Polk County. That is concerning to us as we are working very hard to bring students back...
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Hello.  This is an automated message from Polk County Schools and Aaron Greene.  I am calling to remind families who have not done so to please complete our Student Return Decision Survey.  We are extending the deadline for completion to the end of this week.  I want to thank all our families who have already...
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We understand it is difficult to make choices for your student(s) when specific details are not available.  Though some small changes may be necessary as we progress, we offer the more detailed descriptions below in an attempt to further clarify the differences in each educational service option we are working to provide.  We do want...
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Hello.  This is an automated message from Polk County Schools and Aaron Greene.  I am calling to ask families to complete our Student Return Decision Survey I mentioned in my message last night.  This survey will be asking you to make a decision about how your student(s) will return to school this fall.  I know...
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June 23, 2020 All Call: We are working to get feedback from our students on the remote learning that took place during recent school closings.  We appreciate all of you who made the effort to respond to our family surveys and those results are helping us as we work to improve.  This survey is a...
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At their June 15th meeting, the Polk County Board of Education adoptedupdated calendars for the 2020-2021 school year. These new calendars fulfill the requirements recently added by theNorth Carolina General Assembly. Click the link below to view the calendar. https://polkschools.org/calendars
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Polk County Schools is working on improving its ability to provide learning opportunities for students outside the classroom walls. We need your feedback and input on what did and did not work during school closure so we can learn from this experience. Your input will also help us be better prepared if we are forced...
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Polk County Schools will be continuing meal pickup at our elementary schools three days a week through June 26th. Meals will be available for pickup on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each daily pickup will contain food for at least two days. Meals can be picked up from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Polk Central,...
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Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau takes on the task of counting every person in our community, and the percentage of individuals counted has a lasting effect on each community for years to come.  As of May 2nd, only 45.7% of Polk County homes have completed their census. This ranks Polk County in the...
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We have been notified that some households are receiving letters about Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that are addressed to someone who may be listed as a child’s emergency contact as opposed to the child’s parent/guardian.   Data integrity is very important to both the...
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At their May 11th meeting, the Polk County Board of Education updated the 2019-2020 school calendars. The changes approved this month reflect the decision of Governor Cooper to designate the remainder of the school year as Remote Learning Days for students. Updated calendars can be found at: https://polkschools.org/calendars/
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Facts about Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) North Carolina has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin a new program that will help families who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program will help families purchase food for their children. For...
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This is a message for families with students at Polk County High School, Polk County Early College, Polk County Middle School and Saluda Elementary School. You may have seen information that additional EBT benefits are going to be provided during the COVID19 shutdown. We wanted to let you know that if you already receive EBT...
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Polk County just received information about additional Internet Access provided by AT&T. For families of students: AT&T is offering a device for as low as $44.99 that could be used by students with 2 months free of unlimited data. For employees: AT&T is offering a hotspot devices for .99 cents with a monthly reoccurring of...
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To subscribe to the Polk County COVID-19 Event Announcements: Text: COVID19PC to 888777 You can also contact the Polk County Message Line at 828-722-5086
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Hello, Polk Families and Community!  This is an automated message from Superintendent Aaron Greene updating you on COVID19 and our school status.  First, I would ask for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation.  I also want to reassure folks that we will all be working together to serve students in...
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Polk County Schools is beginning food Distribution on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Locations for Pickup Polk Central Elementary SchoolSaluda Elementary SchoolSunny View Elementary SchoolTryon Elementary School Time for Pickup 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eligibility Any child up to age 18 is eligible for food. This will be an outside, drive-through distribution.
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has ordered the closing of all schools in North Carolina through March 30. Cooper made the announcement Saturday afternoon. The closing is in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, which at present has affected more than 155,000 people worldwide, with more than 5,800 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns...
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Polk County Schools was recently ranked as the 2nd highest performing school system for 2018-2019 based upon our student’s academic performance. The State Board of Education released test results for all school districts in NC.  The results ranked Polk County as the 2nd highest performing school district in NC.  For more information on Polk County’s...
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Polk County High School recorded the Senior Awards Night and 2019 Graduation ceremonies. Click the links below to view the events. Polk County High School Senior Awards 2019 Polk County High School Graduation 2019
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