No employee, student, applicant for admission or applicant for employment shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, language spoken, homelessness, disability, marital status, age, religion, or any other basis prohibited by law be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination/harassment under any educational programs, activities, services, or in any employment conditions, policies or practices conducted by the Polk County Public Schools.

Complaints filed with the Equity Coordinator should be forwarded to:
Patricia W. Hunter, Director Equity & Compliance Polk County Public Schools 1915 South Floral Avenue Bartow, FL 33830 Telephone: 863-534-0513 or 534-0517 Email: patricia.hunter@polk-fl.net

School Schedule

Students should not arrive before 7:30 a.m. On arrival, they are to go to the lunchroom for breakfast or to their classroom or hallway.

Teachers and paraprofessionals are on ground duty (assisted by the school patrol members) from 7:30 a.m. and until the last bus leaves in the afternoon. Students (K-5) will be dismissed beginning at 3:00 p.m. Walkers, car riders, bike riders and bus students will be dismissed in groups that will ensure safety. After dismissal, students should go home immediately.

7:30 a.m.-Administration, office personnel arrive; buses begin arriving-Students go to the cafeteria ** or their classroom

**Breakfast is available in the cafeteria until 7:45 a.m.
7:30 a.m.-Teachers arrive
8:00 a.m.-Bell rings/school starts
3:00 p.m.-Bell rings/end of regular school day

Attendance and Tardiness

Florida State Law requires all students to be in regular attendance. The importance of regular attendance cannot be over emphasized. A child should be in school every day he/she is physically able. Vacations, trips, routine doctor and dentist appointments, should be planned so that students do not miss school. Promptness to class is necessary for the student to take full advantage of available educational opportunities.

All students should be on campus in time to be in class at 7:55 am. Instruction, organization and preparation for the day begin immediately. School attendance is important to your child’s success in school. A note explaining the absence, which has been signed by the parent, must accompany the student on return to school, or a telephone call from the parent may be used. A doctor’s note may be requested. Excused absences are defined in the Code of Conduct for Polk County Schools.

The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. If your child arrives at school after this time, he/she will be tardy and will be missing valuable instruction. After 8:00 a.m., check in at the office is required.

Checking Students Out of School

Students who leave class, P.E., Music, Art or the Computer Lab to go to the office, the media center, the restroom, etc., must have an LAE teacher or staff member’s permission.
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless they are signed out by an adult whose name is listed by the legal guardian on the emergency card as someone who may pick up the child at school.
If you must check your student out during the school day you must come to the main office first to sign your child out.
Students will be released ONLY to those adults listed on the emergency card!

Change of Address & Emergency Information

It is very important that the school has current information about your child on the Emergency Card. Please fill out this card completely on both sides, sign it, and return it to school immediately. Please send any changes in phone numbers or addresses to school so that the Emergency Card can be kept up-to-date.


The cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch daily. Each child has a cafeteria account.

  • Adults
    • Lunch – $3.10
    • Breakfast – a la carte prices
  • Students
    • Lunch – Free
    • Breakfast – Free



Our school provides a first aid clinic that is operated by a LPN and our office staff. Parents will be contacted by phone when it is necessary for a child to go home.
Medications should be taken at school only when necessary to control chronic conditions as acute illness, where failure to take it could jeopardize the student’s health. Adults must bring medicine to school and all prescription medications must be in the original container from the pharmacy.

Dress Code

White, blue, and red collared polo shirts
Lake Alfred Elementary school t-shirts (available in the front office)

Jeans and jean shorts, black pants or shorts, navy blue pants or shorts, khaki pants or shorts
NO joggers or leggings are allowed, pants or shorts must be of dress type quality material such as Dockers.
Pants must fit the waist or a belt must be worn. They should not be hanging to expose undergarments.
Pants should not be ripped.

Hooded sweatshirts are allowed but hoods MAY NOT be worn during school hours. A zippered jacket to display the school shirt is preferred. On cold days when the weather is below 50, a hood can be worn in the mornings to come to school only, but should NOT be worn in the class.

No open toed shoes and shoes should have a back. NO Crocs are allowed.
No hats should be worn or bandannas.