6Gx53-1.011 PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Lunch – $3.10
- Breakfast – a la carte prices
- 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.
LAE students will follow the Polk County Uniform Dress Code Policy. Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or jumpers should be of denim, twill, or corduroy fabric, in khaki (tan), black or navy blue. These may be worn with a white, red or navy shirt.
Students may choose to wear the school t-shirt any day.
If pants, shorts or skirts have belt loops, a belt must be worn. Elastic waist shorts, pants and skirts without belt loops are acceptable. Shoes must be safe, appropriate and have enclosed heels or a heel strap. Flip flops, slides and sandals without heel straps may not be worn.
For detailed information on the dress code, please refer to the Polk County School Code of Conduct. School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules.