Polk State College has entered Phase III of its Return to Campus Plan today, August 2, 2021, with the majority of services returning to campus and more face-to-face class options available for the Fall 2021 Semester, which starts on August 16.
Phase III is a return to traditional operations; however, while all student and academic services have returned to campus, they continue to be offered via remote options so that the College may serve all students at their comfortability levels.
A comprehensive list of what has reopened on campus and when and where to access services both in person and remotely is available on the College’s COVID-19 webpage.
It is important to note that the College strongly recommends that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks or cloth face coverings while indoors on campus. Unvaccinated individuals also have on-campus opportunities to receive vaccination and can visit www.polk.edu/vaccine for more information.
When registering for Fall 2021 Semester classes, students should look at the course descriptions in Passport to determine class formats (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) and expectations to determine what will work best for their schedules and personal comfort. Students who wish to take face-to-face courses and maintain 6 feet of social distance in classroom or lab settings will be asked to work with their instructors for special seating arrangements or accommodations.
Students, faculty, and staff will continue to have access to, and be encouraged to use, technology tools including remote tutoring, video conferencing, email, and web chat to facilitate their work and learning.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 global public health in March 2020, Polk State College has remained open and operational, with all services offered remotely. In August 2020, the College moved to Phase II of its Return to Campus Plan and increased the number of courses offered in hybrid and in-person formats, with all administrators and select staff returning to campus. The transition to Phase III continues the measured, deliberate process of safely reopening all Polk State campuses and providing the most effective teaching and learning services for students, faculty, and staff.
More information about Phase III of the College’s Return to Campus Plan and answers to frequently asked questions are available on Polk State’s COVID-19 webpage.