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.

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.

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.

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.

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced last week that fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

The possibility of Polk County students returning to in-person learning this year took another step forward last week with the school board confirming that classes will begin on schedule Aug. 3.

Just two days before the new fiscal year was set to begin, the Polk County Board of Education unanimously approved the system’s FY2021 budget after making some adjustments based on the final state budget.

Finally converging on Cedartown Memorial Stadium for their graduation ceremony, the Cedartown High School class of 2020 was tasked with remembering their past while thinking about their future.

Despite the unorthodox way their high school careers ended, repeated sentiments during the graduation ceremony of the Rockmart High School class of 2020 were thankfulness and the opinion they had been the school’s most celebrated senior class.

Members of Polk County Schools’ class of 2020 are getting the opportunity to walk and toss their cap after an unusual end to their senior year.

KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University recently named students to the President’s List and Dean’s List in recognition of their academic excellence for the Spring 2020 semester and several Polk County residents made the grade to be recognized for their efforts.

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has awarded a $500 scholarship to one qualified student at each of the 26 high schools and five college and career academies in the Northwest Georgia region. Two students at Trion High School received a scholarship of $250 each.

Some good news for those who have been waiting to hear a date for when seniors will get to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

Superheroes can be found in every corner of life and they are showing up more than ever in daily life, and one group in particular is continuing their efforts to help ensure children who usually get meals at school are still getting them at home.

The Polk School District is looking toward year’s end and how students will be graded on their performance as campuses statewide are closed through May, with the hoped-for return to classrooms this August coming up.

The Polk County Board of Education’s work continued despite the coronavirus crisis and the school year ending early for youth in the classroom, and utilized a teleconference for people to listen in and hear the business of the month.

When times are tough and supplies are running low, the Polk School District is stepping up to help the doctors and nurses who are running low on medical supplies with a timely donation. On Monday, supplies were packed up and turned over to Jeni Carson, who is a Nurse and Occupational Health …

Amid the shutdown that began on March 16, a group of dedicated employees with the Polk School District was out at several locations across the county offering something that is desperately needed for youth stuck at home: a way to eat.

Polk School District is getting ready to educate the next generation of students, and parents looking to enroll their children in Pre-K or Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year can do so starting next month.

Higher early education success, increased reading scores, higher post-test gains – reading from a young age can make a lifetime of difference for children, and thanks to the work of the Ferst Readers foundation, plenty of young locals are seeing those very same benefits.

Boasting the highest SAT scores in their school and grades in the top ten percent of their class, Rockmart High’s Sarah Adair and Cedartown High’s Drew Mulcay more than earned the title of STAR Student and the luncheon that came with it.

The Polk County Board of Education gathered their voices and raised their hands in opposition of any plan to provide vouchers on the state level, and hope that others will join in to support public schools across Georgia.

ATLANTA - Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Tuesday that would reduce the number of standardized tests public school students must take in Georgia and untie the link between scores earned on those exams to their final grades.

Science, technology, engineering, math – regardless of which subject students were interested in, Eastside Elementary's recent STEM Night event showcased just how diverse and interesting the fields of study can be.

One talented Rockmart Middle School student – Zion Bradley – is soon to represent Polk School District at the upcoming regional spelling bee where he will test his knowledge and spelling abilities against other first-place students from around Georgia.

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