In addition to Polk State College’s suspension of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses and closure to students effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the College will close at 5 p.m. Monday to everyone except essential personnel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Polk County, Polk State’s leadership team is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation closely and responding as quickly as possible with daily communication among the leadership team, with the Florida Department of Education, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Individuals who are identified as essential personnel who can work remotely are encouraged to do so. Faculty should continue to work to move their courses online with the goal that all courses with the ability to move online are available remotely when the College resumes instruction on Monday, March 30.
Additionally, the College is following the CDC’s guideline for large events and mass gatherings which recommends canceling or postponing in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. Please visit the College’s COVID-19 webpage for a full list of canceled College events. The list will continue to be updated.
It is critical to closely monitor Polk State emails and College accounts, as well as www.polk.edu and the College’s social media for updates. More information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the coronavirus are available on the College’s COVID-19 webpage.
If students need assistance with advising and registration during this time, they may email firstname.lastname@example.org. If they need assistance with financial aid, they may email email@example.com. Students may also call the College at 863.297.1000.