PCPS is offering a new program to help Spanish-speaking adults seeking to become high school graduates. The district’s two adult schools are offering the Spanish GED (General Educational Development) program to residents 16 years and older. Teachers cover GED preparation in Spanish while also helping students improve their fluency in English. After successfully passing the GED exam, students are awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma and are considered a high school graduate. Classes began a few weeks ago, and approximately 40 students so far are participating. Click here for more information.
– Evan Chappell, a student at George Jenkins High, received a custom basketball jersey to celebrate as he prepares to leave the school’s Transition program. A school’s Transition program serves students with special needs up to the age of 22 as they defer their high school diplomas to continue their studies, and learn valuable life and employment skills. Chappell will exit the program when he turns 22 in June. Click here to read his story and about the dedicated educators who helped him along the way.
– PCPS is joining other Florida school districts for a Troops to Teachers information session on Wednesday, Feb. 24. This free virtual event is designed to help active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans and their spouses or surviving spouses learn about the process of becoming a teacher in Florida. Click here for more information.
– PCPS has contracted with Self Care Decisions to offer students, parents and employees an online symptom checker that will help guide their health care decisions. The Symptom Checker helps users determine what level of care is needed, if any, and how to relieve the symptoms of minor illnesses and injuries at home. It also provides dosage tables for common medications, first aid instructions, and parenting advice in categories such as family issues, injury prevention, discipline problems, eating and sleeping problems, school-related problems, and immunizations. Click here for more information.
– Tonight is the final meeting of the Citizens Screening Committee, which is narrowing down the top qualified candidates for the next PCPS superintendent. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 4270 Wallace Road in Lakeland. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel. The committee will send their top candidates to the Polk County School Board for consideration. The school board will identify finalists to be interviewed in April. There will also be community meetings or virtual meetings so the public can have input on these finalists. For more information and the latest news on the search for the next superintendent, visit the Super Search page.