Education

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The Cedartown and Polk School District communities are mourning the loss of two young girls who were killed in a fatal wreck Thursday afternoon in rural Polk County.

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After putting forward a tentative calendar for the 2021-2022 school year, Polk School District Superintendent Laurie Atkins announced last week that the board will hold off on voting on the proposed schedule.

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The topic of speed-detection cameras along roadways in designated school zones in Polk County once again was presented to the Polk School District Board of Education at its monthly work session last week.

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An educator who made it her job to ensure that her students had a fully engaging experience when learning went from in the classroom to online this year was named Polk County Schools’ top teacher Tuesday evening.

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Polk County Schools Superintendent Laurie Atkins, who began her career in education as an elementary school teacher, has announced she will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Daphne McClendon (second from left) has been named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Van Wert Elementary in Rockmart. A teacher for 28 years, McLendon, shown with her husband and three children, began her career at Goodyear Elementary as a Chapter I Reading teacher working with students …

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Polk School District and its individual schools took to social media last week in an effort to explain the reasoning and procedures behind keeping kids out of class because of a positive case of COVID-19.

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More restrictive guidelines from the Department of Public Health regarding mandatory quarantines for teachers and students who test positive for COVID-19 are forcing Polk County Schools to make a change in their plans for in-class instruction less than two weeks into the new school year.

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Students were welcomed back to classrooms across Polk County this week while also becoming familiar with new guidelines and methods meant to limit the possibility of exposure to COVID-19.

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Adapting education in a time of pandemic has been an in-depth and lengthy process for Polk School District leaders, but with the start of the school year just days away there are still questions about how classes will go.

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