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School Volunteer Background Check Fees to Increase Nov. 1

(Sept. 7, 2018)


Contact: Jeanette Crowley, Senior Coordinator – Strategic Partnerships, 863-534-0818, jeanette.crowley@polk-fl.net


School Volunteer Background Check Fees to Increase Nov. 1

Starting Nov. 1, 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks will increase from $25 to $40.

To coincide with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, we’re tightening security measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. The increased price for background checks will include: a national background check, Social Security number verification, address verification, multiple name/alias check and terror watch list check.

Volunteers are required to reapply and renew their background check every five years from the date of their application approval.

As a benefit of the new system coming in November, volunteers will be able to apply and make payments online, and the application process will be faster and more efficient.

For now, those wishing to become an approved volunteer should visit www.polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved, print an application, fill it out, and submit it to the school where you would like to volunteer.

Please see the attached flyer or visit https://tinyurl.com/ybhlb3dv for complete details.

2018-2019 Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year!

Ms. Lyles, 3rd Grade, Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Atkinson, School Nurse, School Related Employee of the Year



Safety Procedures at Eagle Lake Elementary

August, 22, 2017

Dear Parents:

Hello, this is Connie Loutzenhiser, Principal of Eagle Lake Elementary.  I am writing to inform our Eagle Lake Elementary families that during this school year we are required to constantly practice Fire and Lock-Down Drills.  These drills will take place on a monthly basis.  Practice drills are a critical part of our safe schools’ plan to help prepare our students and staff in case of a real emergency.  We take all threats very seriously and will continue to provide a safe learning environment.   Our students and staff’s safety is of the highest priority.  Please talk with your child about the importance of these drills and following the directions given to them by their teacher to aid in their continued safety.

We’ve also welcomed a new  Guardian, Stephen Diaz, to our staff to guide and work as a team for the safety of everyone at Eagle Lake Elementary.  He comes to us with experience and training to provide this support.  This Guardian has been provided by Polk County Schools and is part of “The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.”

Another safety procedure that is in place is with checking students out through the office.  You must have proper identification in order to check your student out.  Without proper identification, the student(s) will not be released.

Safety first and always,

Connie A. Loutzenhiser

Important Announcement

The 3rd grade FSA ELA scores have been received. Promotion/retention letters will be available for pick up at your child’s school between noon and 4 p.m. today, Friday, May 25.   


Promotion/retention letters can also be picked up at your child’s school next week, between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M Tuesday through Friday.


Thank you for your patience as the schools prepared promotion/retention documents. Have a great summer.

HealthierUS School Challenge

Congratulations to our lunchroom staff!  They were awarded the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge (Bronze).  We salute the hard work and dedication that went into qualifying and making our school a healthier place to learn and achieve.  These efforts contribute to the fight against childhood obesity and will have a lifelong impact on the health and wellness of the lives of our students.  They received a signed plaque, banner, recognition, and also $500 for our nonprofit school food service account.  Great job!!